Shannon talks Wake

Read on to see what head coach Randy Shannon is saying a few days before the game against Wake Forest.

Opening Statement
This week we have another conference game on the road at Wake Forest on Halloween night. Coach [Jim] Grobe has done a great job in all of his years there as he has had the ability to bring in some 4th and 5th year players. They lost a lot of guys from last year, but have a lot of veterans on the football team. It will be a test for us to rebound back, go out and play football like we normally do and have fun. This morning we practiced, and it was great to see the guys have a lot of enthusiasm and fly around with a lot of communication. They were doing the things it takes to win games, and I'm kind of enthused to see the guys responding Sunday and this morning to get ready for that next game.

On Wake's good coaching…
All the teams are [well coached]. He does a great job of coaching the players on his football team, and you've got to give him credit for that.

On Wake Forest quarterback Riley Skinner
Good person, good quarterback. He does a nice job of giving them every opportunity to win games. He's a valuable guy, because he's been there a long time.

On improving the defense's pass rush…
Worked on it this morning. The guys understand what we needed to get done and we worked on it.

On cornerback Sam Shields
He's done very well for us making some plays at cornerback.

On wide receiver Leonard Hankerson
He's doing a great job for us. Hank has been a guy here for three years, and you can really see the development and how he has prospered as the veteran of that group right now. He's done a good job of really staying focused this season.

On defensive lineman Allen Bailey
He's doing a good job for us playing two positions. He'll be playing some defensive end this week against Wake Forest. Personnel decides where he plays. Right now, we have a lot of tackles.He's the only guy that can swing when we have injuries. Curtis Porter, Jeremy Lewis, [Micanor] Regis and we got Josh [Holmes] back this week so that's why he [bailey] is on the outside. We can always switch him around because we are deep at tackle right now.

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