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Montgomery eager for first scrimmage

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Head coach Scottie Montgomery watches players during practice on August 3, 2017. (Molly Mathis/The Daily Reflector)

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BY RONNIE WOODWARD
The Daily Reflector

Friday, August 11, 2017

The weather might not be ideal, but East Carolina plans to scrimmage at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium on Saturday and coach Scottie Montgomery wants to see how his players perform in that venue.

It could be especially important for quarterbacks Thomas Sirk and Gardner Minshew, who are battling for the starting job and have been splitting time with the first-team offense. That will continue in the scrimmage.

“I really want to get this scrimmage done because there can be certain situations when you put Thomas in and he’s unstoppable, and then Gardner has been able to get the ball up and down the field and that’s really good as well,” Montgomery said. “But when you put the ball out there and you remove coaches and let guys play and they both will get one and two reps, you’ll get to see who can elevate the play of some guys.”

Montgomery said early in camp that he wants to have a starting QB set by the the Aug. 19 scrimmage.

As for the weather, he is confident the team will get what it needs accomplished.

“We play in rain, so right now as long as we can take care of Bagwell Field and practice at a high level then we plan on going out if it’s just raining,” the second-year Pirate coach said late Friday morning.

Friday’s session was held indoors. It followed what Montgomery described as a spirited Thursday practice.

“Yesterday was a big-time competitive day and we had a lot of energy on both sides of the ball and a couple of little scrums happen between guys, which always makes it good,” he said. “So this was a good day to come back and look at technique and look at the tape, and we kind of saw this coming with the radar.”

Contact Ronnie Woodward at rwoodward@reflector.com, 252-329-9592 and follow @RonnieW11 on Twitter.

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