Football Practice Report No. 3

Aug. 10, 2009

Wake Forest's third preseason football practice of the season marked the first time the squad practiced with shoulder pads. The first two practices were in jerseys, shorts and helmets. Adding the shoulder pads made for a crisper practice according to head coach Jim Grobe.

And from the player's perspective, the lack of sprints following practice was a big relief.

"Tomorrow's the last day of (Summer II) exams and we've got guys still doing papers and still studying for exams," said Grobe. "We had a pretty good practice tonight. We're a pretty worn out group anyways. I figured if I ran them tonight, I might make them too tired to study and I didn't want to do that."

Adding shoulder pads made Monday night's practice more interesting for both the coaches and the players.

"It was more fun tonight," said Grobe. "The first couple of days in shorts are good to install stuff but everything's mushy when you're trying to run plays and it doesn't look crisp. Tonight, with the shoulder pads on, we had some good crisp work against each other."

One of the highlights was an offense vs. defense pass rush session.

"Some of the young guys found out what it's like to rush against Chris DeGeare and some of the big offensive linemen," laughed Grobe. "That was fun."

DeGeare, Wake Forest's 6-4, 335-pound senior offensive tackle, is one of the top linemen on the squad.

"I think we had better team periods, just crisper getting off blocks and that kind of stuff," said Grobe. "I think the kids had fun tonight. It's always good when you have a good work night and have fun doing it.

"We're still really sloppy. We've got real good energy, guys bouncing around and I'm sure that's going to end here pretty soon. They're going to get tired. But right now we have good enthusiasm. We had some collisions tonight but guys are taking care of each other pretty good. I think the energy is exciting. We're dropping too many balls and missing blocks and missing assignments on defense and things like that. It's not because of a lack of trying so that's encouraging. I like the chemistry of this football team. These guys respect each other. We've had three really good practices right now."



The Deacons will practice at 8 p.m. on Tuesday at the Doc Martin Football Practice Complex on campus. Wednesday's practice at 3:00 p.m. will be the first in full pads. The Deacons hold their first two-a-day session on Thursday with practices scheduled for 9:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

All practice times are subject to change.

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