Take on Pirate Sports
From the Anchor Desk
Tuesday, August 13, 2002
By Brian Bailey
Sports Anchor of WNCT-TV 9
One of the nicest young men that I have had a chance to interview will
take over as East Carolina's quarterback in 2002.
Paul Troth has yet to make an impression on the field, but it won’t be long.
Troth handles the media very well, especially considering that he is just a
He is much like David Garrard in his politeness. “Yes sir” and “no sir” are
automatics, just like with Garrard.
“The one thing that I really learned watching David,” Troth told me, “is
that as a quarterback you have to keep it on an even keel. One minute, you
are the greatest quarterback in the world, and the next, well you’re
struggling. David always tried to keep it even.”
Troth got his first real team work at the Monday afternoon scrimmage. Those
scrimmages are closed to the media and the public, but we do know that Troth
threw 23 passes in this first real work, completing 9 for 136 yards. Troth
also threw a 55-yard completion to senior receiver Torey Morris.
Troth knows whom to hang close to both on and off the field. Two of the
Pirate offensive linemen are his roommates. Troth also says he’s pretty
close to his offensive weapons as well.
“This is a very close team. Anytime we go bowling or something, there’s
always a bunch of the guys on offense together,” Troth said.
Let’s just hope that Troth and the boys can take us all bowling this year,
as in a bowl game to end the season!
Special teams shine in
The East Carolina special teams had one of their best ever showings in a
scrimmage in that first real workout.
Punter Jarad Preston had a 76-yard punt on his first kick. Preston was the
nation’s 12th ranked punter last year, and he should move up this season.
Senior Richard Alston had a 60-yard punt return for a touchdown. The only
problem with that is that you have to wonder if it was a great play by the
punt return team — or does the ECU punt team need some work?
Senior kicker Kevin Miller also booted a 44-yard field goal.
Down East recruits
hook up in scrimmage
As a fan of high school football in Eastern North Carolina, I was thrilled
to read that former J.H. Rose star Kort Shankweiler found former Williamston
star Kevin Roach on a 53-yard pass play for a touchdown late in the
Roach has all the tools to become a “Larry Shannon” type of receiver in the
ECU arsenal. Or, if Roach picks up some more muscle, he could become the
next great tight end in the ECU offense.
Shankweiler, James Pinkney and Sakeen Wright all saw some snaps in the
scrimmage. Troth and sophomore Desmond Robinson took the most snaps, as
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