Coach Lowe on WPTF: Two Football Players Joining the Team

On WPTF 680 AM this morning, Coach Lowe (who is a frequent guest, which is nice) told host Jack Boston that two freshmen, Darrell Davis and Jarvis Williams, are practicing with the basketball team and working to learn the offense. Lowe said that they were both athletic and tough, and that (he thought) Davis had been recruited by Boston College to play both sports.

The News & Observer makes mention of this also:

NOTE: Lowe wanted to beef up his basketball roster, so football players Jarvis Williams (6-4, 200) and Darrell Davis (6-5, 195) offered to help. The freshman receivers recently joined the Pack after individual tryouts.

“They give us some bodies, some athletes,” Lowe said. “Once they learn the system, they might be able to get in and play a couple of minutes for us.”

Additionally, according to a PP poster listening to Lowe’s show last night, Astur is doubtful for Bama:

Lowe says Engin Atsur won’t be playing against ‘Bama. Coach said Atsur tried in practice yesterday but there were a few things he wasn’t comfortable doing. Therefore, don’t count on Atsur playing tomorrow night.

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34 Responses to Coach Lowe on WPTF: Two Football Players Joining the Team

  1. graywolf 12/19/2006 at 7:41 AM #

    I remember one Carolina football player that helped out a lot over there. He is now starting defensive end for the Carolina Panthers.
    I don’t expect the same impact but I like the term “athletes” in his sentence.
    Anything that helps Coach Lowe and this team is a great thing right now.
    Go Pack…..

  2. RickJ 12/19/2006 at 8:08 AM #

    Davis averaged 25 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists a game in his senior year at Pasco High in Dale City, Florida.

  3. Rochester 12/19/2006 at 8:18 AM #

    This makes too much sense to not be worth a shot. I’m surprised it didn’t happen sooner. Maybe Sid can make a point guard out of one of them. At the very least, maybe they’ll be a better option off the bench than Albritton, et al.

    I’m excited to see Ferguson tomorrow, and hopefully Atsur as well. That should be a heck of a challenge, and the timing couldn’t be better as far as getting a couple more bodies into the rotation.

  4. Sw0rdf1sh 12/19/2006 at 8:32 AM #

    Our FB boys are probably itching for more action too.

    Not a bad thing, let athletes do their thing!

  5. sautz 12/19/2006 at 8:35 AM #

    Great creativity by Lowe here.

  6. WTNY 12/19/2006 at 8:43 AM #

    According to a PP poster listening to Lowe’s show last night, Astur is doubtful for Bama:

    Lowe says Engin Atsur won’t be playing against ‘Bama. Coach said Atsur tried in practice yesterday but there were a few things he wasn’t comfortable doing. Therefore, don’t count on Atsur playing tomorrow night.

  7. choppack1 12/19/2006 at 9:16 AM #

    Well, better off not to rush him back to action. What will determine our post-season is the conference slate.

  8. redfred2 12/19/2006 at 9:18 AM #

    Someone had mentioned checking into the football talent a while back. Glad to see the coaches are working hard and pursuing every angle in order to make most of this particular season. They’ve taken total responsibility for the Wolfpack basketball program now, and without ever looking back. They’re dead set on improving and I don’t think we’ll hear this group of coaches making any excuses.

  9. packpigskinfan23 12/19/2006 at 9:20 AM #

    HORRIBLE news on Atsur… but I like Grant working the point frequently mixed with Ferguson a bit.

    GREAT to hear about the football players getting in on some hardwood action. an all around athlete is an athlete, and even if they dont get much time on the court at all it is still good to know they are out there working out instead of drinking beer at The Farmhouse or East Village!!!! could also improve their vision as far as catching a ball, or even running routes!!!

  10. beowolf 12/19/2006 at 9:24 AM #

    At least two FB players figured out a way to get some PT in December and January …

  11. legacyman 12/19/2006 at 9:29 AM #

    It would be nice if we had only positive comments rather than some underhanded jabs. We are moving forward.

  12. Lee Fowler 12/19/2006 at 9:33 AM #

    I was half expecting Darrell Blackman to take a stab at basketball. After all, he was the PA State POY in 2002.

  13. beowolf 12/19/2006 at 9:47 AM #

    It would be nice if some folks would also lighten the hell up, for crying out loud.

  14. redfred2 12/19/2006 at 9:53 AM #

    I hate to be downer, but does anyone really know the long range status of Astur? I read what seemed to be an intentionally vague note from one person to another, way back on SFN, and it made me believe that his is not a temporary ailment. I’m hoping I misinterpreted it, and that I am wrong.

  15. choppack1 12/19/2006 at 10:07 AM #

    rf – You’re getting injuries mixed up. Early in the year he had bone spurs on his heel. We didn’t know the impact this injury would have – it could be chronic, it could go away, it could be something he could play with or it could be something that required surgery.

    This current injury is his hammy. Fortunately, this should help w/ the heel injury since he his feet haven’t taken a good deal of pounding in the last 3 weeks.

    Going forward, the big issue w/ him will be conditioning. He may be like Ilian was his last couple of years – not able to practice full speed because of the injuries. It’s a tough way to play – and frustrating because you don’t have the option of practicing harder if you are struggling.

  16. BoKnowsNCS71 12/19/2006 at 10:17 AM #

    This is great. Maybe this will help our team’s “legs” last longer as the season progresses. Playing 40 minutes every game without some breathers is tough on a team. Especially since some of our competitors are deep.

    Some teams are going to try and tire us out — or work hard to get us in foul trouble. Without these 4 new guys, we might have had our manager (and Sidney) out on the court when a few regulars fouled out (orplayed 4 against 5).

    At least now, we have enough guys to have 5 on 5 practices and some numerical depth (versus talent depth). We have a smart coach. Now if Brackman would only come in that door that Sid left open………

  17. redfred2 12/19/2006 at 10:23 AM #

    Chop, that is not what I’m talking about. A long time ago, in a related thread but with no player’s name attached, the word “gravis” was mentioned by someone here, and said to be confirmed. If you don’t already know what it is, you can probably type it in the browser bar for a definition. I could be way off, but it’s been in the back of my mind since then.

  18. gopack968 12/19/2006 at 10:26 AM #

    ^^As much as I hate it, Brackman made a good decision and will stick by it.

    Hamstrings take a long time to heal and are easily re-injured. My guess is that Atsur will be in and out all season and rarely in top form.

  19. CarnifeX 12/19/2006 at 10:26 AM #

    Is it legal to play 4 on 5?

  20. PackGirl 12/19/2006 at 10:34 AM #

    ^We play in a hockey arena, so why not? The other team will have a powerplay.

  21. redfred2 12/19/2006 at 10:43 AM #

    I respect, I D double respect his decision.

    Ah but, Andrew Brackman. What a lift and major impact his presence could have on this team right now. And BTW Bo, haven’t you already been reminded that you’re a simpleton and a selfish human being for wanting him to play basketball now? I sure have, and on numerous occasions.

  22. RAWFS 12/19/2006 at 10:56 AM #

    “Is it legal to play 4 on 5?”

    I believe Clemson once ran out of players and had to go three or four minutes with only four. I definitely remember it happening, but the details are escaping me at the moment.

  23. RAWFS 12/19/2006 at 10:59 AM #

    I consider this year to be transitional, and any decent showing is fantastic and unexpected.

    In other words, I fully realize that our team is short on bodies and will thus be out-manned and quite honestly, in some cases, out-talented as well. With that in mind, I’m thinking of this season as a transitional year for the new coaches and the players that will be here in 07/08 — when we’ll see the first influx of new top talent.

    So for me, I’m not too uptight and worried about this season. Just relax and see what it will bring. If you are realistic, your expectations are not too high. Perhaps we will all be pleasantly surprised at the end of February.

  24. redfred2 12/19/2006 at 11:21 AM #

    RAWFS- I am relaxed, and somewhat agree with what you’re saying. But I don’t think the coaches see it in quite that same way, and this is a good thing. Sidney Lowe knows that there is no better time to make an absolute statement on the national scene, and to bolster his future in all aspects, then while the demands are so low. He’s thinking about the future, and recruiting impact, and that it all started the second he accepted the job. He’s well aware but he’s not thinking that he has a free pass on this particular season, he’s too smart for that. He will use this season and get every bit of leverage out of it that he can.

  25. ShootingGuard 12/19/2006 at 11:25 AM #

    This season is, hopefully, all about beating the schools that would look bad losing to—like the Wofford’s, etc.—while, hopefully, pulling some noteworthy upsets (Bama on Wed would be nice) and, hopefully, finishing well above expectations in the ACC (that’s why I liked the last place predictions).

    Then, hopefully, Lowe has plenty of sizzle for the talking heads to blather about as well as a bunch of soundbytes to take out on the recruiting trail and reel in the big guns…

    “I had to walk 20 miles uphill both ways in a blizzard and look what we were able to accomplish with our senior leader getting injured, no one else having any experience, our best scorer having to takeover as pg, walk-on’s playing major minutes, having to rely on football players for a bench, etc etc etc…Look what we were able to accomplish!!…(Subliminal: I am the greatest coach ever!!)…Just think what we can do with YOU, BIG TIME PROSPECT, with all of these guys coming back with 40 minutes a game experience + Hickson & Smith & Thomas + Julius & CJ + YOU, BIG TIME PROSPECT!!”

    You need some skill but also a lot of luck in getting momentum and pushing a program forward…Hopefully, Atsur’s injury is the last of the bad luck (fingers crossed), and we can build from there…

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