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BAILEY'S TAKE ON PIRATE SPORTS
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From the Anchor Desk
Tuesday, August 19, 2008

By Brian Bailey

Injuries dampen summer camp

By Brian Bailey
©2008 Bonesville.net
All rights reserved.

Injuries are a big part of the game of football. Perhaps that’s why games mean so much to so many. Any single play could turn out to be the last of a player’s individual career.

East Carolina lost a couple of key players to injuries last week. Brandon Setzer and Dominique Lindsay were both knocked out with knee injuries.

The Pirates finally thought they had depth on the defensive line. But all of a sudden, that depth is in question.

Lindsay and Brandon Simmons were expected to get the bulk of the load at the running back position. The Pirates do have a stable of young backs behind them. One of those players must now step it up and do so in a hurry.

“There are three very talented running backs behind him (Simmons),” said Pirate coach Skip Holts. “Jon Williams, Norman Whitley and J.R. Rogers are all talented. They’ll be evaluated, not on what they do with the ball under their arm, but the guy who’s going to be number two is the guy who plays without the ball, who steps up in pass protection, who will run block, who will do all of the little things.”

Holtz said he was sick about the injury to Lindsay. He also said that his other senior has really been impressive this summer.

“Brandon Simmons is really playing like a workhorse right now,” said Holtz. “He’s a senior. He’s big. He’s strong. He’s physical. He’s doing a great job for us. He’s had a phenomenal camp.

"Now he’s really got to step it up and take on more of the load.”

Simmons was looking forward to sharing the backfield with his good friend, Dominique Lindsay.

“I’m really close with Dominique,” said Simmons. “When he went down I was really hoping it wasn’t serious. It is a part of football and those things happen.”

Simmons has been a valuable member of this team for a while. That value, though, has increased this summer.

“My focus has always been on doing whatever it takes to help the team win,” said Simmons. “I’ve mainly been on special teams since I’ve been here. I really try hard to accept my role, play my position and be patient.”

That patience has certainly paid off.

Simmons credits co-offensive coordinator Todd Fitch for his attitude toward the game of football.

“Coach Fitch really emphasizes to make your play when your number is called,” said Simmons. “So if I get 50 plays, or if I get just one play, I want to make it count!”

Radio show moving

We made the official announcement on Monday that my radio show is moving to Pirate Radio 1250 and 930.

My show will still air from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Mondays. As has been the case in the past, it will feature many of the coaches at East Carolina.

“The Brian Bailey Show” will debut on Pirate Radio next Monday night. ECU defensive coordinator Greg Hudson will be my first guest. As always, your comments and calls are welcome.

I will also be working on the pregame and postgame shows with Pirate Radio. It’s a tremendous opportunity and I look forward to continuing with the longest running sports call-in show in Eastern North Carolina.

BB

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08/19/2008 01:23:10 AM

 

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