Fall Camp Journal: Kicking Game

GREENVILLE, N.C. – East Carolina's special teams unit enters this season with invaluable experience after going into last season with new faces on the field.

One year removed from backing up placekicker Michael Barbour, warren harvey stepped in and solidified himself as a starter in 2012 after converting all 50 PATs and going 15-20 on field goal attempts.

However, it took him a little while to settle into that role. He missed his first two field goal tries last season but bounced back to make a noticeable impact.

"The first few games [last season] we struggled a little bit," said Harvey. "I know I did personally. It was getting those first-game jitters out of the way. I definitely feel more confident going into this season."

With experience and confidence on his side, Harvey was named to the 2013 Lou Groza Watch List, which is annually awarded to the nation's best placekicker. Even so, his focus is on the team's success rather than the award.

"I'm very honored to be on that watch list," Harvey said. "I actually have friends that are on it as well. I try to take it with a grain of salt and block it out and just personally do my best every time I step on the field."

Punter trent tignor, who was named to the Ray Guy Watch List, has his sights set on improving on last season's impressive performance. Prior to fall camp, he spent the summer as an intern with Morgan Stanley, and fortunately, his boss was flexible with hours so he could get out and work on his game.

"I did some snapping with Charlie Coggins, our long snapper," said Tignor. "We were able to meet up a few times. I did a lot of work with the Wake Forest long snapper, Logan Feimster, and an old James Madison long snapper. So I was able to branch out and make some new connections through some different schools."

With some of his standout players now possessing a season's worth of experience, as well as having his first season coaching for ECU under his belt, special teams coordinator Kirk Doll looks to continue evolving the Pirates' kicking game.

"We were able to progress and do some things with our scheme of kicking and we're looking forward to that," said Doll. "Plus, we've got a couple new additions that we're looking forward to seeing how they develop as well."

McNeill added, "Charlie Coggins and Trent Tignor and Warren Harvey, those guys are doing a great job … Coach Doll and his staff, the special teams staff, have done a great job of taking advantage of their time, working the fundamentals of returns and kicks."

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