Monday, March 29, 2010
Scrimmage doesn't answer Wake's QB questions
By Brian Bennett
Wake Forest has a muddied picture at quarterback, and the situation didn't get much clearer in the Demon Deacons' first spring scrimmage Saturday.
Four different quarterbacks played, all of them competing to succeed four-year starter Riley Skinner. Junior Skylar Jones got the first reps, followed by sophomore Turner Faulk, redshirt freshman Brendan Cross and true freshman Patrick Thompson.
Jones directed a 65-yard scoring drive and Cross led a 56-yard touchdown march for the offense's only two scores. Cross went 3-of-7 for 14 yards and was sacked four times. Faulk connected on five of his six pass attempts for a team-high 35 yards and was sacked twice. Jones was 3-for-5 for 23 yards, while Thompson missed on both of his pass attempts.
In other words, nobody really stood out, though it wasn't all the quarterbacks' fault.
"We were sloppy," coach Jim Grobe said. "If everybody’s playing perfect, and all we had to do was look at the quarterback, it would be easy. But there were times today where the quarterbacks didn’t have an opportunity; we either missed blocks or didn’t run the right route.
"I liked Skylar today. I thought he did some really good things, showed some composure. He’s matured a lot. He’s a lot calmer in the pocket right now. He’s got a lot of ability. He just needs a lot of work.
"All those guys have a lot of work to do. We really don’t know what we are right now because we don’t know what their strengths and weaknesses are. By the end of spring, we’ll have a pretty good feel about these guys."
Another quarterback candidate, sophomore Ted Stachitas, missed the scrimmage with a strained hamstring. The Deacons' top three centers -- Russell Nenon, Whit Barnes and Chance Raines -- also missed the scrimmage with injuries. Garrick Williams handled most of the snapping duties Saturday.
"I didn’t know linemen could get a hamstring [injury]," Grobe joked.