Football Practice Report No. 5

Aug. 12, 2009

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Wake Forest practiced in full pads for the first time this preseason, as the Demon Deacons held a two-hour session on Wednesday afternoon at the Doc Martin Football Practice Complex.

The fifth practice of the preseason began in a steady drizzle, but the rain eventually tapered off and the Deacons were treated to a less-than-sweltering afternoon under overcast skies. The break in the weather might have helped, as the crisp workout impressed Wake Forest head coach Jim Grobe.

"We had a pretty good practice today," said Grobe. "I was really expecting it to be sluggish. The first day in full pads after four practices is usually pretty sluggish, but I thought we did fine. We probably dropped too many balls and missed too many blocks and probably missed too many assignments on defense, but for a fifth practice when normally things start to drag a little bit I thought we bounced around pretty good today."

The Deacons were able to get in several periods of work going 11-on-11 offense vs. defense. The team also worked on kicking and punting, as the coaches begin to evaluate who will handle those duties in 2009.

"We got some good work in the kicking game today," said Grobe. "I like all of our kickers right now. I think they're all doing some good things--probably not punting as consistently as we should be right now but we're kicking the ball pretty good right now. Cline Beam and Shane Popham and Jimmy Newman are all kicking the ball pretty good.

"I have a good feeling about this football team. We've had five pretty good practices, and of course we're going to come out and drag in one of them but we haven't done it yet so I'm happy."



Wake Forest will hold its first double session on Thursday with practices slated for 9:15 a.m. and 7:30 p.m., both of which will be held on campus.

The Deacons will have a single on-campus session on Friday, beginning at 3:15 p.m., before holding the team's first controlled scrimmage on Saturday at 2 p.m. at BB&T Field. The scrimmage will be followed by Wake's annual FanFest at 5 p.m. at the stadium.

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