Scrimmage Notes: August 18th

Notes from Thursday's scrimmage in Winston-Salem.

In Thursday's scrimmage at Groves Stadium, one player stood out on offense while a young cornerback looked strong defensively. Receiver Willie Idlette had the best day offensively as a receiver, catching one touchdown pass while having another touchdown reception called back due to holding.

Idlette's first reception -- though called back due to penalty -- was a long pass from Benjamin Mauk to the right corner of the endzone for a touchdown. Later in the scrimmage, Idlette showed the speed he is known for, catching a screen pass on the right side, dodging defenders and outrunning the defense to the endzone a total of 63 yards.

Defensively, it was Aaron Mason who had a big day. The 5'9, 200-pound defensive back intercepted two passes on the day, returning both for touchdowns. If Mason can continue his good play and step up this season, he will be a very welcome addition to the rotation at cornerback.

* Eric Berry also picked off a pass in the scrimmage on Thursday.

* Thursday's scrimmage was a little sloppy at the wide receiver spot where a handful of drops took place throughout the morning. Deacon coaches were noticeably unhappy with the receivers' performance, though some of the troubles may be blamed on the rainy playing conditions.

* Ryan Plackemeier handled not only punting, but also got a majority of reps of field goals and kickoffs Thursday. Expect Sam Swank to handle most of the field goal and kickoff duty, however.

* Willie Idlette and Aaron Mason were the two individuals who returned punts during the scrimmage. Kickoffs were returned by Idlette and Travo Woods.

* After a scrimmage dominated by the offense last week, the defense rose to the occasion on Thursday. The Deacon defense actually scored more touchdowns (2) than the Deacon offense (1).

* A host of upperclassmen sat out the scrimmage with different injuries including Josh Gattis, Chip Vaughn, Michael Lockett, and Zach Stukes.

* Look for quotes from Aaron Mason, Willie Idlette, and Jim Grobe here at DeaconSports in the near future...

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