ARTICLE OF THE DAY
of Mass Destruction?
by Josh Spence
With 5 games in the books
for Skip Holtz and the Pirates, there is a lot we have learned.
Despite a troublesome year in 2004, the defense for the most part has
been a pleasant surprise. Although he missed spring and most of
summer practice, James Pinkney seems to have found his rhythm, throwing
for a career best 355 yards against Rice. Another pleasant
surprise has been the emerging stars on offense. We all knew
about Chris Johnson coming into 2005. Aundrae Allison quickly
made a name for himself and is threatening to rewrite the record books
for ECU receivers. However, it is the other emerging weapons on
offense that have many Pirate fans very excited about this team’s
Names like Robert Tillman, and Bobby Good have become consistent
performers for ECU’s offense over the past couple of years. This
year however, several new names have emerged as playmakers. Guys
like Phillip Henry, Jerek Hewitt, and most recently Dominique Lindsay
are having their numbers called more frequently, and for good
reason. Since Coach Holtz’s arrival, he has put a lot of emphasis
on singling out playmakers and getting them on the field. Henry,
Hewitt and Lindsay all possess tremendous speed, and are showing good
field vision as well. The best part about it is that these guys
are all young. Henry is a sophomore, and Hewitt and Lindsay are
both true freshmen.
We all know about the game changing ability of Travis Williams in the
return game, but according to Coach Holtz, he is emerging as a corner
as well. Holtz says that Williams has graded out at 100% for the
second consecutive game, sharing time at the cornerback position.
Travis is only a sophomore.
We really can’t say enough about kicker Robert Lee. “The General”
as he is now known, is still perfect through 5 games, hitting all 8 of
his field-goal attempts and all 13 extra points.
At 2-3 through their first five games, Skip Holtz has a chance to do
something as the ECU head coach that John Thomson never did. Win
3 games in a season. The Pirate offense is getting better week by
week, seemingly adding a new wrinkle every game. Look for
fullback Jermarcus Veal to get more carries, adding another dimension
to this already dynamic offense. Weapons of mass
destruction? Maybe not, but with the young talent on this team
they may be before you know it.