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Clawson recaps practice as Deacs gear up for Duke

Wake Forest coach Dave Clawson spoke with Demon Deacon Digest at the end of practice Wednesday, as the Deacs move closer to Saturday's ACC clash with in-state rival Duke.

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — The Deacs Wednesday wrapped up their next-to-last practice on campus prior to heading out Friday afternoon to Durham to face the Blue Devils at 3:30 p.m. Saturday.

The Deacs worked in a pair of two-minute drills that saw both John Wolford and Kendall Hinton lead touchdown scoring drives.

Wolford went the length of the field, ultimately connecting with a last-second throw from about six yards out to Chucky Wade. Hinton found Jack Freudenthal in the end zone, who made a diving grab after Hinton scrambled to create time and space.

We spoke briefly with Wake Forest coach Dave Clawson after the workout.

On how practice went today

Clawson: “Practice went well. We had some good two-minute work. We made some good plays in the red zone. Guys are doing what they were doing in camp. We just have to carry it over to Saturday.”

On the offense scoring on both situational drills

Clawson: “That’s usually a hard drill, and they scored two touchdowns. The situation was 1:42 with two timeouts, down by five.”

On Wolford finding Wade as time ran out for the score

Clawson: “Yeah, and Kendall made a nice play on a scramble and throw.”

On potentially being thin at linebacker

Clawson: “Nate Mays and Justin Strnad both had good camps. These guys have got a lot of work. We’re deeper than we’ve ever been. I think it’s very normal to have two-or-three upperclassmen, then your redshirt freshmen as your backups. If we lose another guy, we get thin, but right now we’re good. Nate Mays is strong, and Justin Strnad has a lot of strength. The nature of his position is that he’s covered up a lot. Marquel (Lee), at the middle linebacker, is the one who has to take on the guard a lot of the time. The two outside guys have to be able to run and hit. Marquel has to take on the line - the center or the guard going up to the second level.”

On Amari Henderson practicing and making plays

Clawson: “He’s been practicing the last three days, so that’s the third consecutive without issues. He feels good. He can open and he can burst. Anytime a guy misses camp, you are concerned. But he didn’t miss one practice in the spring. It’s always good when you get guys back.”


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