Take on the Pirates
From the Anchor Desk
Tuesday, October 16, 2001
By Brian Bailey
Sports Anchor of WNCT-TV 9
Henry Becoming Quite a Force
Leonard Henry is a joy
to watch. Nobody works any harder, yet nobody may be as misunderstood as the
senior running back.
Henry had a very solid
freshman year. Things didn’t go as well during his second season, so Henry
rededicated himself to football for his junior campaign.
With that came a media
boycott. Leonard Henry decided to let his work on the field do his talking.
This year, that work is screaming!
I got to be good friends
with Leonard this past winter. Leonard is a Communications major, and
enrolled in an internship at WNCT-TV.
Even though he won’t go
on camera, he still finds time to show off his outgoing personality. Every
time I go to practice, he’ll jog by me to get a closer look at what he calls
my “washboard” abs.
Obviously, I’m built for
comfort, not for speed. And every chance Leonard gets to tell me that, he
Usually great players
want as much publicity as they can get. Leonard Henry is just the opposite.
didn’t have quite the same work ethic as an intern as he does on the
football field. In fact, WNCT-TV's Brian Meador took a friendly little jab
at Leonard after one of his long runs earlier this year. On a broadcast,
Meador, tongue-in-cheek, said, “Leonard Henry may not have been much of an
intern, but he is some kind of running back.”
Leonard was watching,
and has decided to take aim at Meador now with some of his wisecracking
ways. Actually, Leonard did a good job as an intern, and earned an “A” for
That is Leonard Henry.
His media boycott is not about him, but about what he believes helps him
Last year Leonard did
talk with the media after the bowl victory over Texas Tech. Here’s hoping
that we get another interview with No. 22 in the same fashion this season in
Memphis after a Liberty Bowl victory.
Tonight: A Key Showdown
Who would have ever
thought that Southern Miss could be out of the Conference USA race halfway
through the football season?
That may be the case
if the Golden Eagles fall to Louisville tonight.
Southern Miss was
upset by Memphis two weeks ago. The Tigers are very much a part of the
chase, making Saturday's ECU-Memphis game that much more important.
The way the league is
going, two losses might still earn a share of the league title. But Southern
Miss realizes that the odds on a trip to Memphis are long with two league
The winner between the
Cardinals and the Golden Eagles has gone on to win the league championship
over the last two seasons. Louisville won last year’s game in stunning
fashion, blitzing Southern Miss 49-28 in Hattiesburg.
The Golden Eagles went
into that game with the 2nd ranked defense in the county and with
a ranking of 13th nationally.
This game will give us
all a first-time taste of Tuesday night football. Next week, the Pirates
travel to Texas Christian for a Tuesday night game of their own.
Although I don’t like
the idea of Tuesday night football, I must say that I am looking forward to
watching tonight’s game. Tuesdays are historically slow nights for the
sports world, and this is a key game as far as East Carolina’s hopes for a
conference championship are concerned.
Forward to the Dowdy Rowdies
The Pirate players
spent their Monday on the practice field for two different sessions. With
ECU on fall break, Coach Steve Logan gave the players Sunday off, and
scheduled two workouts for Monday.
The Pirates are really
looking forward to a home game this weekend.
“It seems like we have
been on the road forever,” said defensive lineman Ty Hunt. “I’ve never
played in three straight road games before and it was very difficult.”
“I just can’t wait to
play in front of the home crowd again,” Griffin said. “We’ve got to take
care of business and make sure that it’s a great homecoming.”
I sure hope that
Pernell is right!
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