August 07, 2010
Fittingly, Emanuel Davis and Dwayne Harris sat at the same table during the East Carolina football team's media day on Saturday.
The duo, which has a combined 28 starts and will be counted on for leadership this fall, calmly answered questions from the local media about ECU's new coaching staff and new offense, among other things.
Most of the other players in the room, however, were experiencing media day for the first time.
Despite their once unnoticed status on the ECU team, players like quarterback Brad Wornick are now gaining plenty of attention.
August 06, 2010
Dominique Davis tossed hundreds of footballs to East Carolina wide receivers this summer.
But Friday was different.
Davis did attempt plenty of passes, but he and the rest of the Pirate football team were being watched, critiqued and instructed by first-year coach Ruffin McNeill and his staff for the first time since spring practice ended April 17. East Carolina, Conference USA's champion the last two seasons, officially opened preseason practice with a two-and-a-half hour session featuring a batch of new faces on the field and on the sidelines.
August 05, 2010
For veterans on the East Carolina football team, it's a familiar day and a familiar time of the year. For the new guys, it's the beginning of a whirlwind experience they won't forget.
August 04, 2010
There is something different about Jonathan Williams this summer.
True, his signature flowing red locks are gone now, but there is more at play than just that.
His teeth are showing a lot more, and it's far from a snarl. It's a smile, and he's been wearing it all summer, even on the football field. Right up to the last day of East Carolina's summer football workouts in late July, the former J.H. Rose star who's had more ups and downs than any other man on his team seems to be loving life, his coach, his teammates and football in general.
August 03, 2010
Like most college football players, Wes Pittman enjoys reading preseason periodicals to find out what the nation at large is saying about his team.
This year, he really enjoyed it.
“We're excited opening up magazines and seeing we're ranked really, really low,” said Pittman, a senior linebacker who will be one of seven new starters on East Carolina's defensive front seven.
July 30, 2010
The East Carolina football team continued to act quickly on Friday following the resignation of assistant coach Mark Nelson earlier in the week.
First-year head coach Ruffin McNeill announced the hire of former Texas Tech letterman and staff assistant Duane Price to take over the role of defensive tackles coach with the Pirates.
July 30, 2010
Talk about putting on your hard hat.
A few months ago, East Carolina head football coach Ruffin McNeill was getting into his car at the end of the day when he noticed activity inside Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium.
It was activity not related to the massive construction project inside the stadium which is nearing completion and which will add 7,000 new seats for the start of the 2010 season. That's what made it so immediately noticeable.
July 28, 2010
College football has made nationwide news for the wrong reasons this summer, as the game's governing body is conducting numerous investigations into the potential misconduct of teams and players.
Despite having its own brush with trouble this week, East Carolina football will likely not see any further repercussions for its violation other than joining an extremely large fraternity.
July 27, 2010
When a winning tradition takes hold on a college football program, the team really does become bigger than the individual player.
The wins become less about certain players doing certain things and more about the entire team collectively repeating the formula that won the last game.
As East Carolina and its football fans brace to see what the Pirates' defense will look like without nine of last year's 11 starters, perhaps that theory will be truly tested.
July 24, 2010
It's not that he deliberately wants to hurt anyone, it's just that the brand of football Bradley Jacobs likes to play is the kind that often costs 15 yards during a game.
In short, if the East Carolina newcomer could erase the rule that penalizes helmet-to-helmet hits, he most certainly would.
Opposing wide receivers and running backs might be thankful for that rule when staring down Jacobs, who hopes to land himself a starting role at safety this season after transferring from Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College last winter.