Practice Report: Jake Vermiglio

Jake Vermiglio got his first taste of college action last Saturday on special teams and the freshman could see more playing time as the season progresses.

Jake Vermiglio admits he was a little nervous. Heading out onto the field and lining up with the field goal unit, the emotions welled up – but it didn't take long to snap back.

"After that first hit, it all goes away," Vermiglio said.

Vermiglio had been playing with the field goal unit all week long, so the playing time was anything but a surprise to the freshman. But that didn't do much to help him control his excitement when it came to logging his first snap with the Wolfpack.

"It was very exciting, I knew I was going to play all week and I was nervous going in," Vermiglio said.

What might be surprising is that the true freshman is seeing the field at all this season. The 6'4", 297lb Vermiglio committed to the Pack during the spring after a semester at Milford Academy in New York, where he started at left tackle. Vermiglio, who played his high school ball in Michigan, said that the coaching staff was instrumental in getting him to play for the Wolfpack.

"They were talking to me when they were at Boston and when they came down here they offered," Vermiglio said. "I came down and took a visit and just loved it here. I loved the players and the new coaches – that's most of the reason why I ended up here, the new coaching staff."

Vermiglio arrived on campus in the summer and has been working on learning the zone blocking scheme and adapting to the higher level of play. He said the biggest difference has been how quickly things happen on the field.

"It's all speed," Vermiglio said. "Everything just picks up so much speed-wise."

Junior Curtis Crouch, who saw playing time on the offensive line as a true freshman, said that the learning process hasn't been easy for Vermiglio.

"Jake has come a long way. It took him a little while to get to where he is now," Crouch said. "He's a tough worker and he had a couple of falls during the way but he's growing."

Vermiglio said he isn't where he wants to be yet, but agrees that he has progressed by leaps and bounds since his arrival in the summer.

"I'm doing a lot better than when I started," Vermiglio said.

His hard work has paid off quickly, as the freshman has worked his way up to the second-string left tackle position behind starter Julian Williams. Vermiglio could now see playing time with the offense on gameday as the Wolfpack tries to solve its woes on the offensive line, with a ground attack that's gaining just 2.5 yards a carry through the first two weeks of the season.

"Hopefully, if [offensive line coach Don] Horton thinks that's best for me then that's what I'm going to do," Vermiglio said. "We'll just have to see what he wants to do."

The freshman has at least one believer so far.

"I think we could use him out there," Crouch said. "I think he can go out there and do it."

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