Wake Forest Holds First Preseason Scrimmage
Aug 13, 2013
By Steve Shutt, Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeFB)
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Wake Forest head football coach Jim Grobe put the Demon Deacons through a 90-minute scrimmage Tuesday morning at BB&T Field as the club prepares for the season-opener at home with Presbyterian on August 29.
Grobe felt that the defense held the upper hand through most of scripted practice.
"I was very pleased with the defense," said Grobe. "I thought the defense played faster than the offense today. I thought the offense was kind of walking on egg shells a little bit. I think it will be a great teaching day for us. I think there were some mistakes made out there on both sides of the ball but more on offense than defense."
Grobe felt that the mental side of the game might have been the biggest challenge for his club.
"As we go through fall camp, we have to be better not only mentally but we have to play more at full speed," said Grobe. "I think we'll probably find that we had some individual performances that were pretty good but overall, offensively, not nearly consistent enough. Too many mistakes and drives busted over silly kind of stuff that we can't do. Bad snaps, bad reads, dropped balls, different stuff. We've got a lot of time, at least a couple weeks, to work on it."
As is the norm in early preseason scrimmages, the defense seemed to hold the upper hand.
"Defensively, I liked the way our defense started the day," said Grobe. "They came out with an attitude, they flew around, chased the football, made some big plays. I like where the defense is."
The Deacons broke from the offense and defense scrimmage and spent time working on special teams including live kickoff coverage.
"I thought we did some good things working on the kicking game. I like a lot of the things that we're doing. I thought (placekicker) Chad (Hedlund) kicked the ball really good. We've got to get (punter) Alex Kinal to be more consistent."
Hedlund converted all four of his field goal attempts, hitting from 41 yards twice, from 37 and a chip shot from 18 yards.
"I thought (freshman slot receiver) Johnny Armstrong did some good things," said Grobe. "I thought he stood out today. Defensively, I just liked watching the whole defensive unit run to the football. I thought the defensive front probably played pretty well today."
Wake Forest plans to hold its second scrimmage on Saturday, August 17. That scrimmage, like the first, will be closed.
"Overall, I thought it was a good first scrimmage," said Grobe. "I think we stayed fairly healthy. You have lots of practices over your first 8 to 10 days of practice and as soon as you go live it just seems like they've never done it before. Hopefully we'll get better this week and have a better scrimmage on Saturday."
The Deacons will return to the practice field on Wednesday for two workouts, one at 10 a.m. and the second at 5 p.m. Both sessions, held at the Doc Martin Practice Complex on campus, will be open to the public.