Preseason Football Practice Report

Preseason Camp Concludes: In the final day of preseason camp, the Wake Forest football team conducted a scrimmage at Groves Stadium on a clear, hot Saturday afternoon. The Deacs scrimmaged for about an hour and a half. After opening the session with punt team drills, the offensive and defensive units went head-to-head. The first-team defense looked impressive, stopping several drives by the second and third-team offenses. On the other side of the ball, running back Dominic Anderson broke out for some nice long runs. Wide receiver Anthony Young caught a long pass from quarterback Cory Randolph and broke a tackle to find the endzone.

Quoting Head Coach Jim Grobe
On today¡¦s scrimmage: ¡§We¡¦re still a tired football team. There¡¦s not a lot of legs or zip out there. But we¡¦re learning our assignments better and we¡¦re making more plays than missing plays. Today I thought we made some more big plays. We looked a lot crisper than in our previous scrimmages.¡¨ On Dominic Anderson: ¡§There¡¦s no one on this football team who wants to play more than Dominic Anderson. He just wants to be on the field. When you have a player like that, you want to find a way to get him out there.¡¨

On injuries: ¡§We still have some nagging injuries. But there¡¦s a solid 48 hours before our next practice so you hope some of these guys can heal up over the two-day span. We¡¦re contemplating moving people around (because of the injuries) but we¡¦ve put that on hold until Monday. At that point we¡¦ll have to take a hard fast look at things because we¡¦ll have to make decisions about travel, etc.¡¨

How did preseason camp go? ¡§I feel pretty good about how it went. We came in with a lot of defensive and offensive schemes and we¡¦ve narrowed things down. I think we¡¦ve got most everyone in the right position. We also ran a lot of schemes that we won¡¦t use this year, but we wanted each other to see them -- we serviced each other in that way. On Monday we¡¦ll narrow our focus down.¡¨

On team chemistry: ¡§This is a close football team, they really like each other. I think there¡¦s more chemistry on the defense right now than there is on the offense. The offense is getting that way, but there¡¦s so many players still concerned about their own assignments. They¡¦re still trying to take care of themselves. I¡¦d rather have it that way at this point.¡¨

On The Sideline:
Mark Moroz (Sr., OT) -- MCL injury in right knee, doubtful for Boston College
Trevor Harris (Jr., OLB) -- quad contusion, probable for Boston College
Brodie Overstreet (Fr., OL) -- missed preseason camp due to eye surgery
Chris Owen (Soph., LB) -- quad contusion, probable for Boston College
Goryal Scales (Soph., NT) -- hip strain, probable for Boston College
Jyles Tucker (Fr., DE) -- sprained ankle, probable for Boston College
Josh Warren (Sr., TE) -- shoulder contusion, day-to-day, probable for Boston College

Upcoming Practice Schedule: After an off day on Sunday, the Deacs will shift into a one-a-day, gameweek practice schedule. Practice is set for 5:00 p.m. on Monday, followed by 4:30-6:30 sessions on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. All practices are set to take place on the campus practice field.

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