Bonesville: The Authoritative Independent Voice of East Carolina
Daily News & Features from East Carolina, Conference USA and Beyond

Mobile Alpha Roundup Daily Beat Recruiting The Seasons Multimedia Historical Data Pirate Time Machine SportByte™ Weather

Bailey's Take on Pirate Sports

From the Anchor Desk
Tuesday, November 8, 2005
By Brian Bailey

'Hurricane' season not over yet


Replay Monday night's Brian Bailey Show, with guest Greg Hudson.

Select audio clip

Replay Skip Holtz's Monday press conference (recorded by Brian Bailey).

Select audio clip

East Carolina had a rare October Saturday off this past week.

The extra week of practice gave the coaching staff extended looks at some of the younger players. Coach Skip Holtz described it as almost a spring practice type of atmosphere.

As for the Saturday away from football, the Pirate coach enjoyed a day with his family.

“It was awesome,” said Holtz. “I had the opportunity to see my son’s team, the Greenville Titans, play, standing in the end zone with Coach Hudson and getting that view of the game. They got the “W”, which was nice. I got the opportunity to see my other son score some goals in soccer. It was a nice family weekend, just spending time at the house."

But as all husbands know, free time doesn’t always mean play time.

“The ‘honey-do’ list was a little bit of a downer,” Holtz joked. “It was a long one, too. Clean out the garage, scrub the floor; but it was good, because I’m never there to help out in the fall.”

Staring at a Hurricane

The Pirates travel to Tulsa this week for a match up with the Golden Hurricane.

This game features two of the top pass catchers in the country in East Carolina’s Aundrae Allison and Tulsa’s Garrett Mills.

Mills is one of the top tight ends in the nation. He has 62 receptions for 816 yards, a 13.2 average and seven touchdowns.

“He is their Aundrae Allison,” Coach Holtz told the media at Monday’s news conference. “He is their go-to guy for sure. We will need all eleven of our players to know where he is at all times.”

Mills had the best day of his career against Oklahoma earlier this year when he caught 13 passes for 152 yards, both career highs.

He is also one of 16 college football players from all divisions of the NCAA and NAIA named to the National Football Foundation’s 2005 National Scholar-Athlete Class. Mills will receive an $18,000 scholarship as a finalist and is eligible to receive the 2005 Draddy Award which goes to the top scholar athlete in the nation.

Special teams could be special

East Carolina’s special teams will certainly be tested again this week. Tulsa's Ashlan Davis has six kick-off returns for touchdowns in his career. He shares that all-time mark with former Southern Cal All-American Anthony Davis.

Last year, the Tulsa special teams phenom set an NCAA record with five returns for touchdowns. He tied the all-time mark with his return earlier this year in a game against Rice.

Turnovers, turnovers, turnovers

The Pirates have to learn to take better care of the football, especially at home. ECU handed out six gifts in its Homecoming loss to Central Florida two weeks ago.

For the season, East Carolina is at minus-8 in turnover margin at home, and +7 in turnover margin on the road.

Maybe the Pirates are too relaxed at home and concentrate better away from Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium. Or maybe it’s just coincidence.

Still, winning teams win the turnover battle, whether they are at home or on the road.

Send an e-mail message to Brian Bailey.

Click here to dig into Brian Bailey's Bonesville archives.

02/23/2007 01:32:14 AM

©2001-2002-2003-2004-2005-2006-2007-2008-2009-2010-2011-2012-2013 All rights reserved.
Articles, logos, graphics, photos, audio files, video files and other content originated on this site are the proprietary property of
None of the articles, logos, graphics, photos, audio files, video files or other content originated on this site may be reproduced without written permission.
This site is not affiliated with East Carolina University. View's Privacy Policy. Advertising contact: 252-349-3280; Editorial contact:; 252-444-1905.