WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — The second practice of work in pads also came under the lights for the Deacs, as they move closer to the first scrimmage of fall camp, which takes place at 2 p.m. Saturday at BB&T Field.
The Deacs finished practice in McCreary Field House, going through a 12-minute period of scrimmage-like conditions.
Demon Deacon Digest spoke with Wake Forest coach Dave Clawson after the practice.
On what he saw
Clawson: "Good practice. It's practice no. 6. We had a good short yardage period. At this point, I think you're fighting camp legs a little bit and you're getting guys who are banged up a little bit. Some of the positions get a little thinner, but it also gives some of the younger guys a chance to step up to run with the 1s and the 2s. It's always the good news-bad news. The bad news is you have some guys down. The good news is you're getting guys reps that at some point in the year, you're going to need."
On special teams reps
Clawson: "We did all kickoff return today. We've done a lot of punt and punt block stuff. We wanted to give the punters the day off. Adam Centers came back today, which was great. What we did was give Dom Maggio and Mike Weaver the day off. We had it be a kickoff return day."
On if he believes Centers will be ready to play this season, and how the kicking duties will be distributed
Clawson: “I think so (on Centers). Right now, I think Dom is the punter. Dom is winning the punting job. The PAT/field goal job looks like it’s going to be Weaver. And then it’s hard with Adam, because he hasn’t been here. Adam has missed everything. We’d certainly love for him to win the kickoff job and separate the duties. We’ll see. He’s got to do it well. He certainly did two years ago. He missed last year, so his leg should be rested (smile from Clawson).”
On the potential returns on Cam Glenn, Duke Ejiofor and Amari Henderson
Clawson: “At this point, the scrimmage is Saturday, and then they have Sunday off, so with those guys we’re hopeful to start getting them back Monday. We’re hopeful that Duke and Glenn will be back Monday. Amari is a little less certain. They kind of grade those things and think Duke and Glenn are a little closer than Amari.”
On the wide receiver competition and Jared Crump not really being in the mix
Clawson: “Jared had a little setback with his knee the other day, and he’ll have to have a little something done and it’ll probably be about two-to-three weeks.”
On if that jeopardizes him for the opener against Tulane
Clawson: “Yeah, it does. You have to see. They always give that range of two-to-four. If it’s two, we’ll have him. If it’s four we won’t. Until they go in there, and see how it looks, we really won’t know. Like any injury like that you hope for the best, and prepare for the worst. You have to be prepared for both.”
On being so deep at wide receiver
Clawson: “That’s funny. When we came in here, we saw how thin we were at wideout, so there’s a reason we took five wide receivers in that one class. The beauty of it is, we hit with all five. The year we took Tabari (Hines), Chucky (Wade), Alex (Bachman), Scotty (Washington) and Steven (Claude) - our offense staff right now at time congratulates themselves because it’s hard to go 5-for-5, and I think we went 5-for-5 with that group. All five of those guys can play.”
On if Dortch can get in the mix
Clawson: “That will be interesting. He can play, but who’s reps do you take away? We would like to redshirt guys if we can. Who do you take off the field if you put him on. Now, there’s a long way to go before the opener. Again, I think he’s one of those guy you say is ‘red alert.’ He could be ready, but if you play him you want to make sure he is truly ready and that you’re playing him enough to use the year.”