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SAFETY A.J. LEGGETT, who has missed the last three games with a high ankle sprain, should be back for Friday's game, Holliday said. The redshirt freshman, who leads the team with three interceptions, practiced last week, but wasn't 100 percent.
Captains for the ECU game are Hoskins, quarterback Rakeem Cato, defensive lineman James Rouse and corner Monterius Lovett. It is Hoskins' third captaincy, Lovett's fifth, Rouse's sixth and Cato's seventh.
ECU nose tackle Terry Williams, who started the Pirates' first three games, but was suspended for the eight because of a team-rule violation, was let back on the team via player vote, McNeill said. Williams recorded nine tackles, one for a loss, in those three games.
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STRENGTH AND conditioning Coach Scott Sinclair wanted to remind the Herd players what was at stake, so he decided to send the message - at the risk of some frostbite.
Sinclair shed his top during warm-ups Monday afternoon and exhorted the players while shirtless and wearing a replica of a professional wrestling championship belt made famous by Ric Flair.
"I was pretty good until the fourth or fifth period, and then I started getting chilly," Sinclair said.
"I just wanted to do something different to get them going. We've been talking about it since I've gotten here, about winning a championship, and we have an opportunity to do that this weekend."
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