April 11, 2015
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By Erika Carrubba, Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeFB)
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - The White squad scored first and never trailed en route to a 22-3 win over the Black team in Wake Forest's annual spring game on Saturday afternoon at BB&T Field.
John Wolford was the White team quarterback. He went 21-of-33 for 185 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. Dezmond Wortham had three catches for 24 yards and 13 runs for 51 yards. He was responsible for White's first-quarter touchdown. Wortham caught a 12-yard pass from Wolford to cap off a seven-play, 62-yard drive that gave White a 10-0 advantage.
Adam Centers accounted for the Black team's only points with a second-quarter field goal. He connected from 26-yards out after an eight-play, 34-yard drive by the Black team.
Kendall Hinton quarterbacked for the Black team. He picked up 139 yards on 10-of-21 passing. Cortez Lewis made four catches with 87 yards and Cam Serigne added three catches for 23 yards.
Mike Weaver added two field goals in the second quarter, one from 45 yards and one from 31 yards out to extend White's lead to 16-3.
After a scoreless third quarter Wolford connected with Tabari Hines for a 25-yard touchdown pass early in the fourth quarter. Hines made four catches in the game for a total of 47 yards.
Willie Yarbary, Duke Ejiofor and Rashawn Shaw each had two sacks for the White team defense. Zack Wary led the defense with eight tackles. Yarbary added five tackles to his two sacks.
Brandon Chubb led the Black team with 12 tackles, followed by Grant Dawson with seven.
Wake Forest will open the 2015 season on Sept. 3 against Elon at BB&T Field.
Head Coach Dave Clawson
"It was pretty clean for a spring game. We didn't have a lot of penalties, there weren't a lot of procedures. I thought it was a pretty clean game. I think offensively we're making progress. We had good balance, and defensively I think we'll be solid. So overall I'm very happy with this spring game. We're clearly ahead of where we were at the end of last year and where we were at the start of spring."
On the progress made during spring practice...
"If you look at how we run the ball, we're clearly better from a year ago. How many plays last year didn't even get back to the line of scrimmage? Are we ripping off 12, 15, and 20 yard runs? No, but everything's getting back to the line of scrimmage and getting positive yards. I think we gave up fewer sacks. In my opinion, we still gave up too many sacks, but that number is getting better. We have to avoid all the negative yardage plays we have. And we have to get it so if it's a 10-yard play it's a first down; we're not trying to overcome a second-and-14."
On the play of quarterback John Wolford...
"John [Wolford] is a very underrated athlete. I think sometimes you want to characterize guys as pro-style, but Kendall [Hinton] throws the ball a lot better than people give him credit for, and John's a better athlete. Those two are a lot more similar than they are different. There's always a disadvantage for quarterbacks in a scrimmage in that they're not live, and that hurts the offense. But John made plays with his feet and bought time. His feet are active in the pocket and in the touchdown he hit Tabari [Hines] on, he managed the pocket very well in that play. He had some pressure and he stepped up and kept his feet alive and made a heck of a throw."
On the arrival of quarterback Kendall Hinton...
"We did not have a backup quarterback a year ago, so we didn't run John [Wolford]. I think when you have two, you feel a little more comfortable running him."
On the need for offensive playmakers...
"Now that we've solidified the o-line, we've got to make more dynamic plays. And the only way you make more dynamic plays is with playmakers. And we have more than we had a year ago. I still don't think we have enough, and that's where you have three tailbacks coming in, you've got a tight end coming in, you've got five other receivers coming in. A lot of those guys are going to have a chance to play and hopefully they'll make dynamic plays for us."
Linebacker Brandon Chubb
On the draft format for the spring game...
"Everybody was flying around, and I liked the way we did it this year, with the draft. Everybody got a chance to play. Everybody got their shot and everybody got their chance to shine. The playmakers stood out."
On the progress made in spring practice...
"We saw what we needed to correct. In the spring, everybody got their feet wet. We were able to get 14 practices in. Coach Clawson said himself that this was the best scrimmage he's had since he's been here. I think that physicality, hitting in the trenches, is where it counts in the red zone. I think that helps us a lot, and that's where we're different now."
On being competitive in his final season...
"I'm going to a bowl no matter what. I'm graduating with a bowl ring on my finger, and I'm going to do the best I can. I think the team respects me enough to follow me and follow my leadership. We're excited about it. I'm going to push these guys. I'm going to push them even when I'm tired. Nobody on this team wants to win more than I do. So anything I do to lead by example is preparing my body to be a leader and a champion."
Quarterback John Wolford
On the progress made since last season...
"Over time, especially in the offseason, as a team we get faster and stronger. All of those things you're able to do in the offseason in the weight room are able to show up in the transition from fall to spring. Personally, we got more time with receivers. We aren't by any means perfect right now, but there's progress you can see."
On the quarterback competition...
"Kendall Hinton is a tremendous talent, he's a really sharp kid. When you have competition, it's going to bring out the best in people. I have to have that mindset that I'm going to be my best, and he's going to be his best. It's going to make us better in the long run, and it's going to make us a better team in the long run."
On his own play...
"I thought I made some good plays. Obviously, there was a throw here and there that was a little high. That one pick at the end on fourth down, I took a shot, but you don't want to give them a shot to return it there. I have to be better there. But, on the other side, I limited turnovers, so that's important."