Spring Game News & Notes

Wake Forest's 2005 Spring Game was held Saturday afternoon at Groves Stadium in Winston-Salem. The game pitted the Wake Forest offense against the Demon Deacon defense. Wake's defense came out victorious, defeating the offense 41-22. The following are news and notes from Saturday's Spring Game.

• Many Deacs had impressive afternoons on Saturday. Perhaps one of the most impressive players was Eric Berry, a linebacker from Suffolk, Virginia. The redshirt freshman got to the ball all afternoon.

• The quarterback position is an interesting battle and Coach Grobe stated that the quarterbacks would not be rotated in-and-out this season as they have in the past. Grobe said after the game that Ben Mauk had a slight advantage on Cory Randolph for the position at this point. Both looked ok, but not great on Saturday.

• Redshirt freshman QB Allan Holland looked good behind center on Saturday, a good sign for Wake's future.

Patrick Ghee had a great Spring Game as well, picking off two passes in the defense's win.

• Jonathan Abbate was his normal self, making some plays and just being a monster on the defensive side of the ball. Abbate said afterwards that he was up to 249 ½ pounds and was afraid the coaches might put him on a diet.

Chris Barclay and the running game never got off the ground, but it's safe to say he will have a good season this year. "I'm feeling good and ready for a big season," Barclay said. He also mentioned that having a fullback this year would be beneficial to the running game.

• Speaking of the fullback spot, look for Richard Belton to man that position. He's gained some weight and looks good. At this point, fellow fullback Damon McWhite is still rehabbing and not 100%.

• A host of 2005 signees were in attendance on Saturday. Included in that group were three of Wake's signees from the Sunshine State, Riley Skinner, John Russell, and Jeff Griffin. Brandon Ghee and Dominique Midgett were also at Groves.

• By our estimate, 40+ prospects were in attendance at the game as well. DeaconSports will post the list of the prospects that were spotted later today.

• One word describes new offensive lineman Chris DeGeare. Big. No doubt, he will be a good one during his time at Wake Forest.

• Ryan Plackermeier impressed the crowd with a 69-yard punt in the air during the Spring Game Saturday. The All-ACC punter continues his stellar play. At the kicker position, Sam Swank showed he has the leg strength to be a quality kicker in the ACC.

• As for personnel and injuries, Mike Causey left this spring to play baseball and will stick to showcasing his talents on the diamond. Kicker Matt Wisnosky is still comtemplating coming back, though he has not decided to do so at this point. Nate Morton sat out this spring but should be ready for practice in the fall. Riley Swanson sprained his knee in the game but told DeaconSports it was nothing to worry about.

• Several NFL Deacons were in attendance at the game on Saturday. Ovie Mughelli and Calvin Pace were both back in Winston-Salem taking in the action.

• It looks like Demon Deacon linebacker Antonio Wilson may end up playing basketball for Wake next year. Wilson was a Class 3A First Team All-State guard in Florida and was the second leading vote getter for 3A POY. After the spring game, Wilson said he will likely join the team and expects to have Coach Grobe's blessing to do so. "[Coach Grobe] said once I get on the field, I can do what I want [as far as basketball.]" Wilson said after the game...

• DeaconSports will have more from this spring's finale coming up soon as well as photos from Saturday's event.


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