Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Around the ACC: Wake's defense shines in scrimmage
By Heather Dinich
Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich
Wake Forest's defense is the one thing in question heading into the Deacs' season opener against Baylor, and on Tuesday in the third scrimmage of the summer, it was the highlight. Then again, the offense was the lowlight. It frustrated coach Jim Grobe enough to bring up last year's 26-0 loss to Maryland. To read the complete release, click here.
Tailback Josh Adams led all rushers with 57 yards on eight carries.
Riley Skinner completed 11 of 16 passes for 139 yards and a touchdown.
Danny Dembry led the receivers with 64 yards on four catches.
Defensive tackle Tripp Russell led the defense with eight tackles.
The Blue Devils also scrimmaged on Tuesday, but several key playmakers -- including quarterback Thaddeus Lewis -- missed it to nurse some nagging injuries. To read the entire release, click here.
Here are a few quick stats leaders:
Passing: Sean Renfree 5-of-8 for 80 yards
Rushing: Patrick Kurunwune 4-80; Re'quan Boyette 5-39, two touchdowns
Receiving: Desmond Scott 4-13
Boyette 4 run (Will Snyderwine kick)
Boyette 18 run (Snyderwine kick)
Glover 5 blocked punt return (Snyderwine kick)
Kurunwune (Renfree pass failed)
Dabo Swinney was not happy after Clemson's practice last night, saying the Tigers wouldn't have won if they had to play a game. Swinney is also using this time to develop his second-stringers, which he plans on playing every game.
"I wasn't happy with any phase of the game," he said, according to the team's practice report. "We made too many mistakes on both sides of the ball. We had busted assignments, penalties at inopportune times (red zone) and just didn't have the attention to detail I have seen in this camp.
"Perhaps the team is tired of playing against each other. It was a physical practice. I didn't want to go the last two and a half weeks going into the Middle Tennessee game without a scrimmage, so we had a scrimmage the second half of practice.
"We have been working on Middle Tennessee in the preseason, but Wednesday we will start 100 percent preparation for them."
The good news for Clemson was that Jacoby Ford was in a green jersey, but continues to see more action as he recovers from a hamstring injury. He went through the first half of practice, but did not play in the scrimmage. The same was true for wide receiver Brandon Clear. Chad Diehl was also limited by a shoulder injury.
Maryland coach Ralph Friedgen gave the offensive line a boost by moving freshman Bennett Fulper from center to guard.
"I was shocked yesterday (Fulper) didn't make any mental mistakes, with just moving him from center to guard," said Friedgen. "His footwork wasn't bad. I understand the center should know what the guard is doing, but usually with a true freshman that doesn't happen. I thought he did OK again today, so that was a positive. If he could play both positions as a true freshman, that would really help us."
Fulper, along with the rest of the offensive line, had a good practice on Tuesday morning. They were opening running lanes that sprang Da'Rel Scott and Davin Meggett for several long gains, much to the delight of offensive coordinator James Franklin. However, Friedgen noted where one of the most prized players on the team has an area to improve.
"I think Bruce [Campbell] is pass-protecting very well," Friedgen said. "Where he has to get better is run-blocking. I see him making strides in that area. He's a very coachable kid. He needs to get lower. I was just talking to him about it today. He had a couple good moves. He makes an effort to do what you want him to do. He's not making many mental mistakes."