ARTICLE OF THE DAY
Off to J.P.
by Josh Spence
The Pirate football team
won game one of the Skip Holtz era with a total team effort. A
defense that was 111th in Division 1-A football last year allowing 456
yards per game, allowed only 301 yards on Saturday. Zach Baker
led the way defensively with 2 interceptions and a fumble
recovery. On special teams the Pirates were exceptional as
well. Markeith McQueen and Travis Williams turned in solid kick
and punt returns respectively, while Ryan Dougherty landed four punts
inside the twenty yard-line. Offensively, it was the Pinkney to
Allison show. James completed 17 of 21 passes for 235 yards, a
touchdown and no interceptions. 163 of those yards went to junior
college transfer Aundrae Allison. Pinkney also ran for 31 yards
and commanded an offense that struggled running the ball all day.
Not bad for a guy who has only been at practice for a month.
If you ask me, the concept of a college football player, especially the
starting quarterback, losing his academic eligibility is
ridiculous. The necessary resources are there for any
student-athlete, if they choose to use them. Attempting to
balance a full school schedule and the rigors of a college football
season isn’t easy. However, the rules work around the tough
schedule and give every athlete the ability to succeed, as long as the
athlete does their part. As bad as it was, James Pinkney regained
respect by coming back the way he did. He worked hard, bussing
tables to get by, and not only enrolling, but succeeding in classes
this summer. Pinkney did everything he had to do for himself and
for his football career.
What happened to James Pinkney could have marked the end of his
career. Instead of giving up, James apparently had a moment of
self-evaluation, realized his potential, and made a conscious effort
not to let it go to waste. Now he’s not only back as the Pirates
starting quarterback, but he just led his squad to an opening day
victory over an in-state, ACC opponent after only 30 days in a new
offense. Hats off to you James Pinkney. And hats off to the
Pirate coaching staff for a great start to the season.