September 18, 2007

Holtz: ECU to face 'incredible' WVU offense

Few teams have handled the West Virginia spread offense as well as Skip Holtz and the East Carolina Pirates, holding the Mountaineers to a combined 47 points the last two years. WVU has broken 40 in ten individual games in that span. But this year's team may be a little bit better, Holtz said Monday.

"I've never coached against a team with this kind of offensive speed," Holtz said Monday. "I've had the pleasure to play some really good Tennessee teams that won Nat'l championships, and been at Florida St and Notre Dame, but I don't know if I've ever seen a team that can run as well at the skill positions as West Virginia can."

When asked what his team was able to do to slow the Mountaineers down, Holtz attributed the success to motivation.

"One of the things we've tried to do is really challenge our players; we can't play an average game against the #6 team in the country," he said, but also that his plan has been to "stick with what we know. We will have to play fast, run to the ball and tackle in the open field."

Holtz said that preparing for juniors Pat White and Steve Slaton has been tough enough over the past few years, but that freshman Noel Devine "may be better than all of them."

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