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From the Anchor Desk
Monday, October 17, 2006
By Brian Bailey

Injuries are Pirates' biggest concern

Key season objectives are still in sight as Homecoming game with SMU approaches.

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Bobby Good may have played his last game as an East Carolina Pirate. If so, he played that final game with a broken foot.

Good injured the foot in pre-game warm-ups on Saturday. He had finished his stretches, had gone back inside to put his shoulder pads on, and was running a couple of routes before the game.

That’s when he felt a sharp pain in his foot. He had no idea what the problem was. He got a shot for the pain and told the coaches he was fine.

Good knew the Pirates were already without the likes of Aundrae Allison and Jamar Bryant. He knew his teammates and coaches were counting on him, both on offense and in special teams.

Good fought through the pain and played an outstanding game. He had seven catches for 48 tough yards. He even threw a 23-yard completion on a trick play. He did it all with a broken foot.

“It’ll take a while before I get over this one,” said Pirate coach Skip Holtz when asked about Good’s injury. “He played the entire game with a broken foot. He battled. We’ll certainly miss him, more so for his work ethic and attitude then anything else. Bobby Good is a warrior.”

Good even attended the post game press conference. No one asked about his foot because none of us knew anything about the injury.

Good's warrior spirit was still intact last night, when he told he told me his goal is to return to action in four weeks.

I’ve enjoyed watching Bobby Good over the last couple of years. Here’s hoping that foot makes a quick recovery, and maybe Good can get back on the field.

Season goals still in reach

Tulsa’s 31-10 win over East Carolina was certainly a setback, at least temporarily, for the Pirate program.

Still, goals of a winning season and a bowl bid are realistic aspirations.

It all starts this Homecoming weekend, with Southern Methodist coming to town. Last year in Dallas, the Pirates picked up a nice road win against the Mustangs. This year, SMU is a big hurdle in ECU's path to a winning football season.

“This is a taller order task then some of the other teams we’ve played out of conference,” said Holtz. “I’ve been very impressed with SMU both on offense and defense. They have a good freshman at quarterback and a junior and senior dominated defense.”

“As far as schemes go, it’s kind of like looking in a mirror with our own team," Holtz observed. "We do a lot of the same things on both sides of the football. I think they are very, very talented.”

Homecoming should provide the Pirates with a great crowd this week, especially with the students back from fall break.

Despite several promotions, less then 35,000 gathered to watch the defending Conference USA champs against the Pirates last week. There was much more excitement surrounding the West Virginia and Virginia games, despite the fact that those were non-conference games.

It’s just going to take time before Pirate fans understand the importance of league games. Maybe it will take a trip or two to the C-USA title game, or maybe a new address in a different league. Somehow, someway, everyone needs to get on board as far as the conference goes.

Holtz said his team may have come out flat. He knows the importance of a great 12th man with the home field advantage.

“I think it all starts with our student body, and I appreciate all of the students that stayed in town this past week for the Tulsa game,” said Holtz. “It’s just unfortunate when a home game falls during the fall break.”

The students should be back out in force this week as the Pirates try to lasso the Mustangs. For Holtz and Company, it’s yet another very difficult assignment.

Five straight home games over a six-week period is almost unheard of in college football. A win over SMU gives the Pirates a winning home stand.

A victory also moves ECU that much closer to six wins and a possible postseason berth.

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