08/10/05 — ECU practice delayed

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ECU practice delayed

Published in Sports on August 10, 2005 2:26 PM

GREENVILLE -- A strong mid-afternoon thunderstorm delayed East Carolina's practice for another 90 minutes Tuesday, but once the Pirates opened their drills at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium, the intensity remained the same.

After being cleared to begin work when lightning left the area, the Pirates turned in a spirited two-and-a-half hour practice which completed first-year head coach Skip Holtz's final installation process. ECU wrapped up the workout with another 30-minute team session that produced a 19-of-32 combined passing effort by quarterbacks James Pinkney, Kort Shankweiler, Rob Kass and Brett Clay.

"I can't ask for anymore intensity and I think we're learning how to practice together in earnest," said Holtz. "This was the last day of installation so now we can move ahead to our two-a-day schedule where the challenges become greater."

Holtz also indicated that the top three quarterback candidates would be identified by rank prior to the start of practice Wednesday morning in order to increase the amount of repetitions for each player during the remainder of camp.

"We need to zero in on the quarterback position," he said. "I want to be in a situation to say who our No. 1, No. 2 and No. 3 players are and move ahead to get those guys ready to play a game in less than 25 days."

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