04/01/07 — Whitley, Pinkney star in second East Carolina scrimmage

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Whitley, Pinkney star in second East Carolina scrimmage

By News-Argus Staff
Published in Sports on April 1, 2007 2:13 AM

GREENVILLE -- Redshirt freshman tailback Norman Whitley rushed for 233 yards and three touchdowns while junior quarterback Patrick Pinkney threw for three scores to highlight East Carolina's second full intra-squad scrimmage Friday afternoon at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium.

Whitley, who picked up 73 yards on the first of his 18 carries, scored from seven, 53 and one yard out while splitting time on the Pirates No. 2 and 3 offensive units. Pinkney, who finished the contest completing 12-of-16 passes for 96 yards, connected with Whitley, Davon Drew and Steven Rogers on nine, four and seven-yard scoring tosses, respectively.

In the opening half, each No. 1 unit faced off against the No. 2 squad across the line of scrimmage while the second period featured a more traditional matchup of equal levels of the depth chart.

"Well, scrimmage No. 2 is in the books, and at first-glance for a physical afternoon, I think we finished today relatively healthy," head coach Skip Holtz said. "We went 130-140 plays and I think we are getting to a point where we are running the ball better than we have in the past."

While the second and third offensive units accounted for seven of the game's eight touchdowns, the No. 1 defense surrendered just one score during the game.

In all, East Carolina completed 37-of-62 passes for 367 yards while suffering a pair of interceptions and contributed 379 rushing yards on 78 carries, an average of 4.9 yards per attempt.