ARTICLE OF THE DAY
Top 10 Things To Look For
Stadium This Fall
by Josh Spence
excited about Pirate football 2005. A new
coaching staff, a revamped conference, and a new attitude. What’s not
to be excited about? Some new-comers may
be feeling a bit overwhelmed, so here are the top 10 things to look for
at Pirate games this fall:
- Cannons –
It is an ECU tradition to fire a cannon blast each time the Pirates
score. With Skip Holtz setting the course
for the Pirate offensive ship, and James Pinkney steering, we will
undoubtedly hear plenty of cannon blasts in 2005.
- A New Voice – Unfortunately the voice of John C. Moore can no
longer be heard calling “first down….PIRATES.” However,
1250 sports team member Morgan Ahlers brings a familiar voice to
Dowdy-Ficklen this fall, as he becomes the stadium announcer for Pirate
football 2005. Morgan has worked as the
P.A. announcer for ECU basketball for several years.
- Terry Holland
– Coach Holland has been an integral part in putting together the
Pirates top notch coaching staff. T.H. is
sure to be roaming the sidelines come September 3rd. And you can’t miss him, he’s darn near 7 feet
- Purple Face
Mask – The Pirates have some slight uniform changes this year. Included is the switch from traditional gold,
to purple face masks.
Defense – 2004 was a dismal year defensively for the Pirates, as
they allowed nearly 40 points per game. Without
question, defense was a priority for Holtz and company upon arrival at
ECU. An experienced defensive coaching
staff has given players a more basic plan to work with.
The Pirates defensive unit allowed only one
touchdown in the teams’ second intra-squad scrimmage last week,
hopefully providing a glimpse of what is to come this season.
- Spread Offense
– East Carolina will look to spread it out
offensively utilizing 3 and 4 and sometimes as many as 5 wide receivers. Expect the Pirates to work frequently from the
shotgun, using a lot of misdirection plays.
Special Teams – Special teams was one of the bright spots for the
Pirates last year. Freshman Travis
Williams used his speed and agility to lead Conference USA
in punt returning last year. With an
average of 17.7 yards per return Travis ranked 4th in
division 1-A football. Smoking fast
running back Chris Johnson is expected to be called on for Kickoff
returning duties. With that speedy duo and
the strong leg of punter Ryan Dougherty, expect special teams to again
be a strong suit for the Pirates.
Cheerleaders – A crowd favorite every football season. Pirate cheerleaders do a great job keeping
everyone involved and excited on both sides of the field.
Male cheerleaders do push-ups when the Pirates
score, representing the points the team has on the board.
And the Purple-Gold chant can be heard blocks
away from Dowdy-Ficklen.
Tailgating – A pirate tradition for many years, tailgaters can be
found all around the stadium on game day. Grilling,
drinking, and just having a good time the Pirate way.
Some tailgaters are known to arrive very early
in the morning.
Pirate Fans – Having a few “Pirate beverages” on game day is an East
Carolina tradition. Some know
their limit, some not so much, but they’re sure to provide some great