The East Carolina University football team returned to Hight field Friday morning for its second practice of training camp, receiving a significant contribution from the new transfer students.
“We’re starting to get some good looks from our transfers,” Pirates head coach Scottie Montgomery said. “I liked what I saw from Tyshon Dye, Derrell Scott and Terrell Green from an offensive standpoint running with the first group. On the defensive side of the ball, we put Korrin Wiggins in the secondary and he was running around making plays. So right now on the second day of camp, I think we are getting a lot of things accomplished.”
The Pirates practiced in shorts and helmets, which will be the norm until shoulder pads are implemented on Sunday. The team will continue honing its skills on special teams before breaking out into individual drills on day three.
The first of the breakouts centered around the run game, before progressing to one on one battles between the wide receivers and defensive backs. Missing from the wide receiver corp was freshman Blake Proehl, who was injured on Thursday before making it through his first official collegiate practice. Coach Montgomery has announced Proehl sustained a torn ACL after falling awkwardly on the sideline during practice and will miss the season. Fellow freshman wide receiver Leroy Henley suffered a long-term knee injury in the spring as well.
While a lot of progress was made, everything didn’t go so smoothly during practice two at the Cliff Moore Practice complex. Over the course of the two-hour and 15-minute workout, battling heat in the high 80s, some of the players struggled to finish strong.
“Today was a little hotter than yesterday, but it was a great day of work,” coach Mo said. “The first part of practice was really good and I saw a lot of running around and movement from the team. Then we started to loose a few people to cramps as the day progressed, but the guys battled through the heat until the end.”
One of the significant problems last season was all the injuries the team sustained. If the Pirates want to improve its 3-9 record from 2016, Montgomery knows they need to proceed cautiously.
“We need to make sure everyone takes care of their bodies and hydrates properly before coming back Saturday,” Montgomery said.
The final part of practice was a team segment focused on first-and-10 situations, and ended with a team lunch. Afterwards, the team returned to meeting rooms to analyze its first two days of camp before heading back to Murphy Center for an afternoon lift session.
On Saturday, ECU will host its annual Media Day inside the Murphy Center. Coach Montgomery will address the crowd for his season-opening address that will outline the most recent roster moves, personnel statuses, and possible position changes.