Preseason Football Practice Report

Gridiron Deacs hit the practice field as a team for the first time on Wednesday.

Opening Day: Wake Forest preseason football practice is officially underway. The Deacs hit the campus practice field on Wednesday, working for three hours in the steamy afternoon heat in shorts and shoulder pads. With no separate freshmen camp this year, the entire team was on hand for the first session as the Deacs worked in their position groups for nearly the entire time.

Quoting Head Coach Jim Grobe: "We're just getting back into the swing of things. We don't have a lot of expectations for the first few days of practice. We're trying to teach assignments, get into shape and go into it gradually. I think we're already way ahead of past years. We may be retooling in some areas in terms of personnel, but we're not retooling from a scheme standpoint. I like the talent we have and I like the kids. They've got a great work ethic and I think everyone is excited."

On The Sideline: Two incoming freshmen -- defensive ends Matt Robinson and Zachary Stukes -- are still recovering from off-season shoulder surgery and will report to campus with the rest of the freshmen class on Aug. 20. Freshman offensive lineman Brodie Overstreet did not practice today after undergoing eye surgery. Redshirt freshman wide receiver Willie Idlette rolled his right ankle midway through Wednesday's session and did not return to action. After an initial examination, the injury does not appear to be serious.

Upcoming Practice Schedule: Wake Forest will practice at the same time tomorrow (2:45-5:45 pm), again in shorts and shoulder pads. With summer school still in session through the weekend, the Deacs will practice just once a day the rest of this week.

Fan Fest: The 2003 Wake Forest Fan Fest is Saturday, August 16 from 1:00-2:30 p.m. at Groves Stadium. This year's Fan Fest will feature coaches and athletes from all the WFU fall sports, including the football, field hockey, men's and women's soccer, men's and women's cross country and volleyball squads. Demon Deacon athletes and coaches will be available for autographs and pictures. There will also be food, games and DTZ inflatables for the children. The Demon Deacon, as well as the Wake Forest cheerleaders, will also make a special appearance. The Wake Forest Fan Fest is free of charge. For more information, contact the Sports Marketing office at 366-758-5011.

Player Q&A's on the Web: Visit www.WakeForestSports.com for the latest information on the Deacon football team. In addition to all press releases and practice reports, a Q&A series with Deacon football players will be posted on a regular basis. Junior linebacker Brad White did the first installment following today's practice session.


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