Football Practice Report No. 7
March 30, 2011
WINSTON-SALEM, NC - Wake Forest completed its seventh spring practice session on Tuesday, March 29 at the Doc Martin Football Practice Complex on campus. Tuesday's practice concluded with the offense working on the two-minute drill. Head coach Jim Grobe pointed out that the spring is the best time to work on situational fundamentals.
"One thing we're trying to do is put our guys in situations where they have to think where they are on the field, what the down and distance is, how much time is left, all those kinds of things," said Grobe. "We're trying, as much as we can, to do as much situation stuff as we can. Mainly two minute stuff. Since we've been here a lot of our games have gone down to the last possession. Last year we were in a couple positions where we could have won games but we didn't at the last possession. One of the things we know as coaches is that if there's a good chance for us to win, we have to make the play late so we're trying to put them in that situation."
As spring practice approaches the halfway point, Grobe remains pleased with the defense while being frustrated with the offense.
"The defense is getting after the offense pretty good," said Grobe. "Basically, our offense is too soft right now. Our tight end position is really soft. We don't know from one day to the next who's going to be at practice at the tight end position. Our running back position is a disaster right now. Guys either aren't practicing or don't know what to do. We had (Mike) Campanaro and Danny Dembry back today. But when one day you've got consistency at one position and the next day you don't, it makes it really hard. The key to offensive football is consistency and if you've got guys who are `sometimes' guys it's really hard to have any consistency offensively. There's a reason we're not playing very well offensively and we're a little soft right now. We've got guys that aren't practicing every day.
"Defensively, we've got guys who are working through some bumps and bruises," continued Grobe. "They're practicing hard, they're flying to the football. They're pretty good assignment-wise right now. They're just having their way with the offense. I think that typically you have that early in the spring. By about halfway through the spring, the offense begins to catch up. But as soft as some of our guys are right now, it's going to be hard to catch up. I think we've got some guys that would rather be holding a clipboard and charting plays on the sideline than they would be on the field. We've got to change that mentality. Right now, if we had to start today, we would have to be in an offense that doesn't use tight ends and running backs. I don't know how you do that. I should say that Brandon Pendergrass has been at practice every day, but other than that, we don't know what to do or we're not practicing every day.
As for the goals for Thursday's practice and Saturday's scrimmage, Grobe is hoping that some of the players will make it back on the field this week.
"It would be nice if some of our guys could practice a little bit," said Grobe. "It's not the most grueling thing we've ever been through. We're practicing three times a week, and every other day. It amazes me how many guys are content to miss practice. That's okay, I don't want anybody (who is) hurt out here but I don't want anybody on the field against Syracuse (in the Sept. 3 season-opener) that isn't a tough guy. It's a combination of you want tough guys but at the same time, you don't want a kid who's really, really injured out at practice. At times, we've got some guys who are enjoying watching practice."
Wake Forest will practice Thursday at 4:30 at the Doc Martin Football Practice Complex. The Demon Deacons are scheduled to scrimmage at 10 am on Saturday, April 2, at BB&T Field.