Wake Forest Holds First Preseason Scrimmage

Aug. 14, 2010

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Wake Forest went through a 90-minute scrimmage Saturday afternoon at BB&T Field as the Deacons prepare for the 2010 season. The scrimmage was the first of three scheduled for the preseason.

Quarterback Ted Stachitas led the offense to a score on the first drive of the scrimmage. The redshirt sophomore hit Danny Dembry on a 9-yard scoring pass for the first touchdown of the day.

Jimmy Newman kicked three field goals on the day, hitting from 38, 25 and 27 yards.

Josh Harris raced 65 yards on the first play of a drive, taking a handoff from quarterback Skylar Jones and outracing the defense down the left side of the field. Brandon Pendergrass also scored on a 5-yard run. Shane Popham converted the extra point.

Patrick Thompson directed the Deacon offense to the 3 yard line after a 47-yard pass completion to Jordan Williams. But a hit by Tripp Russell forced a fumble on the ensuing play, halting the drive.

Freshman quarterback Tanner Price made his scrimmage debut. Price led the offense to the 21 before Newman converted a 38-yard field goal.

Harris led all rushers with 76 yards on five carries. Jones had 44 yards on 10 carries while quarterback Patrick Thompson had 29 yards on seven rushing attempts.

Price led all quarterbacks in both attempts and completions, connecting on eight of 13 throws for 82 yards. Stachitas completed five of eight attempts for a team-high 95 yards. Jones was four-for-seven for 27 yards and Brendan Cross was two-for-three for 16 yards.

Devon Brown led the receivers with four catches for 69 yards. Redshirt senior Marshall Williams had a team-best 79 yards on three carries. Terence Davis, coming off a knee injury that kept him out of the 2009 season, had three catches for 29 yards. Jordan Williams had a 47-yard reception and finished the day with two catches for 52 yards.

Wake Forest head coach Jim Grobe was asked following the scrimmage if he could place his quarterbacks in rank order.

"There's no way to tell," said Grobe. "The thing that's kind of interesting is that I wasn't disappointed in anybody. I thought they all competed well. Some of the strengths we thought they had, they do have, whether it's throwing or running. They were all very competitive and I think we're going to go back and look and see who was the most productive in the situations where things didn't go all that well, whether it was a dropped pass or where they made the right decision but we ended up coming off the field and it wasn't their fault. We had a lot of stalled drives but it wasn't the fault of the quarterback. We have to figure out who was the most productive and it will take a good film session to figure that out."

Redshirt freshman linebacker Justin Jackson led all defenders with seven tackles. Linebacker Riley Haynes had six stops while Hunter Haynes, J.D. Oglesby, Duran Lowe and Kevin Smith all had five stops.

Redshirt sophomore Joey Ehrmann had two sacks on the day while Kyle Wilber, Jackson and Lowe all had solo sacks.

Freshman Joe LaBarbera had the lone interception of the day, picking off Thompson late in the scrimmage and returning it 25 yards before being brought down on a hard hit by Bryson Dunmeyer.

Wake Forest opens the season at home on Sept. 2 against Presbyterian.



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