Wilson working at getting better

Published 7:48 pm Monday, August 20, 2007

By By KEVIN TRAVIS, Sports Editor
GREENVILLE — Some players shy away from getting an earful.
For C.J. Wilson, it’s music to his ears. The East Carolina sophomore defensive end wants to become the best player possible. If that means getting chewed out from time to time, so be it.
While Wilson didn’t do anything drastically wrong during Saturday’s scrimmage at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium, defensive ends coach Vernon Hargreaves wasn’t always pleased with Wilson’s execution.
It wasn’t all bad for the former Northside High School standout. Wilson also got some encouraging and congratulatory words from his coach.
After a sack by Wilson ended a series, Hargreaves patted Wilson on the helmet.
Does that mean Wilson was pleased with his performance?
Wilson knows the coaches are on the players for a reason.
With the season opener at Virginia Tech on Sept. 1 drawing closer and closer, Wilson said he and his teammates have some work to do.
After Saturday’s scrimmage, Wilson and the Pirates had a chance to mingle with some fans during the annual “Meet the Pirates.”
After getting an earful from his coach, both positive and negative comments, a simple smile and handshake meant even more to Wilson.
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