Wake Forest Concentrates on Special Teams

April 10, 2008

Wake Forest head football coach Jim Grobe put the Demon Deacon football team through a 105-minute practice on a sunny and warm Wednesday afternoon at the Doc Martin Football Practice Complex on the Wake Forest campus.

"We're getting a little more special teams work in as we get towards the last half of spring drills," said Grobe. "I like seeing Sam Swank kicking field goals and we're working on kickoffs and kickoff coverage."

Swank, a rising senior, is already Wake Forest's all-time scoring leader with 286 points. He has connected on 60 of 76 career field goal attempts and will enter the 2008 season with more career field goals than any other active player in the Bowl Subdivision. Swank has doubled as Wake Forest's punter over the last two seasons and carries a career average of 40.4 yards per punt.

"I like where we're at right now," said Grobe. "I think our guys are having fun competing. We're still making too many mental mistakes. We did some good things on offense today from time to time but we struggled with kids getting in the right sets. We're having too many penalties but it's something you would expect with all the different personnel mixes we have out there. We rarely have a full first team unit out there but that's okay, because it's spring."

The Deacons are down to their final six practice sessions of the spring. The squad will work again on Thursday at 5:00 before scrimmaging at BB&T Field on Saturday morning at 10:30 a.m.

Wake Forest will practice on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday next week with the spring game scheduled for Saturday, April 19 at 1:00 at the Doc Martin Football Practice Complex.



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