Lawrence pleased with first practice as a Pirate

Published 9:39 am Saturday, March 1, 2008

By Staff
By KEVIN TRAVIS, Sports Editor
GREENVILLE — Despite running around for over two hours in the cold, Gerald Lawrence was all smiles when he walked off the field Friday evening at the Cliff Moore Practice Complex.
The former Washington Pam Pack star is looking to make a name for himself with the East Carolina Pirates. Lawrence, a transfer from Elizabeth City State University, was pleased with his first official practice as a member of the Pirates.
The 6-0, 240-pound linebacker has hopes of making the two-deep depth chart by the time spring drills end.
Spring practice culminates with the annual Purple-Gold Game, which will be held April 12 at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium.
The Pirates have 13 more practices to go, including scrimmages on March 28 and April 4, before the spring game.
Lawrence said he’ll see some guidance from veterans, including former Northside standout C.J. Wilson, a defensive end, over the next couple weeks.
ECU, winners of the Hawaii Bowl, will open the season Aug. 30 against Virginia Tech at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte. Lawrence is already looking forward to playing in the home of the Carolina Panthers.
Lawrence and the Pirates return to practice Monday. The team will practice in pads for the first time on Wednesday.