ON PIRATE SPORTS
From the Anchor Desk
Tuesday, August 29, 2006
By Brian Bailey
Pirates prep for Middies
with invisible ball
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East Carolina has found it
almost impossible to duplicate the Navy option in practice.
Sure, the Pirates can copy the
schemes that they have seen so many times on tape. Duplicating those schemes
with Navy-like speed has proven impossible.
“We ran Navy’s plays in the
third scrimmage,” said Pirate coach Skip Holtz. “But as soon as the
scrimmage was over we showed the team some of last year’s Navy films, and
there was a huge difference in the speed of the game."
Stopping the option requires
great discipline. It’s the opposite of most defensive philosophies, which
usually have guys flying to the football.
That’s why the Pirates took
the football out of the game at times last week in practice.
“We went up against Navy’s
offense without a football in play,” explained ECU defensive coordinator
Greg Hudson. “We used a nerf ball for the snap, and then our defense worked
on their assignments. We took the ball out to emphasize each individual
Imagine that, an imaginary
football may be the key to success on defense for the Pirates against Navy.
One of the other keys to
Saturday’s game will be the health of linebacker Pierre Bell. Bell injured
his shoulder in Friday’s third scrimmage of the summer. Bell has told the
coaches that he is a go for this weekend, but I know that no one wants to
take any kind of risk with a linebacker that many feel has star potential.
"Right now I don't know if he
is questionable, probable or doubtful.
He is not out and he is not in,” said Coach Holtz at his weekly news
here for a link to the audio archive of Holtz' weekly media luncheon.]
Holtz continued about Bell:
“He is somewhere in between that. It is just going to be matter of how fast
he can recover off of it. Right now there is still a lot of soreness and
pain in his movement. He is about 50-50 whether he can play. We are planning
on going with out him so if we have him that would be a bonus."
It’s hard to believe that game
week is finally here. It’s a great time of the year, and everyone is looking
forward to the opener on Saturday.
'Cow Pie Touchdown' looms
Ed and Lindy Daughtry are two
of the best Pirate fans that I know.
Ed has asked to get the word
out about a great fundraiser, benefiting children’s programs in Pitt and
The first ever (to my
knowledge) “Cow Pie Touchdown" is set for this Saturday at the Karadon Farm
just past the Ayden Golf and Country Club.
Organizers will carve out a
huge “grid-iron” and then you can purchase a “chance” for $20. If a cow
“pies” your part of the grid, then you win $1,500.
Never have the sanitary habits
of a cow been so closely scrutinized!
It’s a great “football” themed
benefit organized by Kiwanis Clubs in Pitt and Beaufort counties. It should
also be a fun day for kids with lots of rides and games all over the farm.
For more information, contact
Ed Daughtry at
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