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Bailey's Take on Pirate Sports

From the Anchor Desk
Tuesday, August 27, 2002
By Brian Bailey
Sports Anchor of WNCT-TV 9


Troth chomping at the bit for that first whistle to blow


He said it at media day a couple of weeks ago, and he repeated it at Monday’s weekly press gathering.

“Just get me that first snap,” Paul Troth echoed when asked about the butterflies of this opening game.

“I just can’t wait to get that first snap, to run that first play and then get into the game from there. But you have to get to that first snap before anything else can happen.”

Troth begins his second season at East Carolina on Saturday at Duke, except this time he is the No. 1 man under center.

He has come a long way, and he is already drawing high praise from his head coach.

“I’m really comfortable with his leadership,” Steve Logan said of his highly-touted student.. “I’m really comfortable with his mentality, the ability to get us in and out of the plays. The thing that we don’t know is if he can physically get it done at game speed."

Coach Logan plans on including Troth on his list of success stories in working with quarterbacks.

“I suspect that he’ll be better as the season goes on,” noted Logan.

That first snap just can’t get here quick enough for Paul Troth.

Game Week No. 1 is always special

After months of anticipation, it is finally game week at East Carolina.

The week begins with a Monday off-day for the Pirate players and the coaching staff.

I say “off-day”, but what it really means is that there are no practices scheduled for the day. EVERY day is a workday during the football season.

The normal Pirate workweek is to have Monday off, then practice Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Friday is a travel day, or a light day if the team is in town, leading up to Saturday’s game day.

“We just need to get out and hit a different colored jersey,” Logan said. “Every year, teams get to the point that they can’t get any better until they see another team. We’ll learn a lot when we play in Durham on Saturday.”

Future Pirate opens with sparkling night

As promised, from time to time this fall we’ll check in on the players who have verbally committed to East Carolina for the 2003 signing period.

Wilson Beddingfield quarterback Pierre Parker had a great night in the Bruin’s season opening win at Bertie. Parker was 9-12 for 125 yards and three touchdowns in the 39-6 victory.

Parker also ran for 98 yards and two touchdowns. Two of his touchdown passes were from 17 yards out, and the other was a 28-yard strike.

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