Demon Deacons Hold Second Spring Scrimmage
March 31, 2012
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Wake Forest's offense scored three times, twice on long pass plays, and the defense added a fumble return for a touchdown during Saturday's controlled scrimmage at BB&T Field.
Redshirt sophomore wide receiver Brandon Terry caught a 61-yard scoring pass from quarterback Tanner Price and freshman Pat Long hit redshirt sophomore Matt James with a 58-yard pass to account for the two passing touchdowns. Redshirt sophomore quarterback Patrick Thompson also scored on a 16-yard run.
Defensively, Daniel Vogelsang, a redshirt sophomore, started the scrimmage with a 41-yard fumble return.
"We had a couple of good individual performances but that's typical spring scrimmage," said head coach Jim Grobe. "Everybody played, everybody got plenty of reps. (We were) not real consistent but there were a lot of good things. I think when we go back and watch the film we're going to be really disappointed offensively in how many drives we killed with a procedure penalty or a dropped pass.
"Defensively, my big concern is big plays," said Grobe. "I thought we gave up about three big plays. But we really didn't compete. We didn't compete for the ball on the throw. We weren't where we were supposed to be. I told the team that there will be times during the season where we'll compete (with an opponent) for the ball and they come up with it because they've got good players too. And there are times where they'll have a back break a long one. What we have to do is make sure we've got somebody there challenging them and not just turn them loose."
Wake Forest completed 21 of 39 passes for 279 yards while running for 134 yards on 38 carries.
Sophomore Orville Reynolds led the rushing attack with 55 yards on five carries. His big run was a 46-yarder that featured a nifty cutback through the Demon Deacon defense. Thompson had 30 yards on four carries including his 16-yard touchdown run. Sophomore Tyler Jackson had 17 yards on five carries.
Price completed 10 of 23 passes for 137 yards and one touchdown. Thompson connected on five of six throws for 43 yards Terry finished the scrimmage with 87 yards on four receptions while James had 73 yards on three carries. Sophomore Brad Idzik had six receptions for 53 yards while Michael Campanaro added four catches for 31 yards.
"We made so many little mistakes, procedure penalties, false starts, covering up tight ends on the line, off the line," said Grobe.
Grobe spoke to the performance of the group of quarterbacks competing to back-up Tanner Price in the fall.
"I've been very impressed with Brendan Cross in practice," said Grobe. "Today I thought Pat Thompson did some good things. The thing I liked about Pat today was that he kept two or three plays alive where the play fell apart but he moved around in the pocket and made something happen. I thought Kevin Sousa looked a little more settled today. He seemed a little bit calmer. I thought he grew up today. All those kids back there have got something good going on."
Grobe also explained why he felt that the Deacons put more emphasis on the passing game in the scrimmage.
"We weren't running the ball a whole lot (today)," said Grobe. "We've got a lot of receivers, a lot of things offensively that we have to do, and very few running backs. We can't have a running scrimmage, that's our problem. If we come out and run the ball 50 times then we'd feel better about our running game but we wouldn't have any running backs left. It's a little bit, as Skip Prosser would have said, a conundrum because we need to run it a lot but we just don't have enough running backs."
Grobe also expressed his pleasure with redshirt sophomore wide receiver Brandon Terry.
"I was impressed with Brandon Terry today," said Grobe. "He played all last year with a broken finger and couldn't hardly catch the ball at all. He made three or four really nice catches and I liked his effort after he caught ball."
Wake Forest's next scrimmage will be the annual Spring Game on Saturday, April 14. The scrimmage will begin at 1 p.m. at BB&T Field. The Deacons will be off next weekend for Easter.
Football scrimmage stats
Rushing (Atts-Yds) Reynolds 5-55 Jackson 5-17 Harris 4-7 Martin 7-6 Idzik 3-11 Thompson 4-30 Price 1-(6) Sousa 2-4 Rush 4-4
Passing (Atts-Cmp-Yds-TD) Price 10-23-137-1 Cross 1-3-6-0 Thompson 5-6-43-0 Sousa 2-3-21-0 Rush 1-2-7-0 Long 2-2-65-0