Grobe: I would doubt that Nikita Whitlock will be back on Saturday, but it's really day-to-day— Wake Forest Football (@Wake_FB) September 18, 2012
This week the media spoke to punter Alex Kinal, LB Justin Jackson, OL Frank Souza and WR Brandon Terry. They spoke about rebounding from the FSU game, things they learned, and what they are trying to improve on this weekend against Army.
Jim Grobe quotes will be updated when they come out a in a little bit.
Note: All quotes are taken from the Wake Forest Football Official Twitter account
Coming off of a 52-0 beatdown at the hands for FSU you would expect the players to be pretty riled up at practice the next time out and that's pretty much exactly what the Wake players were:
Souza: Monday's practice was intense. Everybody has that chip on their shoulder from losing to Florida State— Wake Forest Football (@Wake_FB) September 18, 2012
J. Jackson: You have to put FSU behind you but also know that what you did last week wasn't good enough— Wake Forest Football (@Wake_FB) September 18, 2012
There were also some things to be learned from the FSU game as well that will help this weekend:
Brandon Terry: The receivers learned that we need to do better coming off of press coverage. We need to be on the same page— Wake Forest Football (@Wake_FB) September 18, 2012
Terry: Army's corners come close in press coverage, similar to FSU, so I learned some things I can use this Saturday— Wake Forest Football (@Wake_FB) September 18, 2012
Alex Kinal was still disappointed with his game on Saturday, missing one big opportunity:
Alexander Kinal: I had an opportunity to tackle someone last week but I just missed him— Wake Forest Football (@Wake_FB) September 18, 2012
Kinal was also asked what he thought about head coach Jim Grobe:
At WF Football presser... Asked Australian punter Alex Kinal what he thought when he met Jim Grobe. "A nice bloke," he said.— Evan Lepler (@EvanLepler) September 18, 2012
And of course it's Homecoming which is big for the players:
Terry: Homecoming weekend is a big weekend. All of our families will be here. It would feel great to get a win— Wake Forest Football (@Wake_FB) September 18, 2012
Army Notes (some clipped articles about the Army football team as well):
Army Football Game Notes: The Wake Forest Game - goARMYsports.com - Army Black Knights Official Athletic Site
The Black Knights will attempt to put a number of losing streaks to bed on Saturday. Army have lost six straight games overall, nine straight away from West Point, five in a row against Wake Forest and four in a row on the Demon Deacons’ home field.
Army quarterback encouraged by showing of offense, despite defeat | Varsity845U.com
There was, perhaps, one two-pronged question more important than all others following Army's wild 41-40 loss to Northern Illinois. Is the Army defense perpetually vulnerable? Or is the Northern Illinois offense perpetually powerful?
Army Offense Does Their Part
On Saturday versus Northern Illinois the Army offense was back to the impressive antics that all of the Black Knight fans are familiar with. The offense was led by senior quarterback Trent Steelman, fullback Larry Dixon, and running back Raymond Maples. Each of these players rush for over 100 yards on the ground, which is the first time an Army team has produced three players with 100 yards rushing in the same game since 1996.
Northern Illinois Huskies vs. Army Black Knights - Recap - September 15, 2012 - ESPN
Needing yet another rally with a seesaw road game up for grabs, Northern Illinois quarterback Jordan Lynch knew just who to look for. He found him -- and just in the nick of time. Down 40-35 with 4:29 to play, Lynch connected with a streaking Martel Moore from eight yards out -- their second touchdown on the afternoon -- and the Huskies sent Army to its fifth straight home-opening defeat 41-40 on Saturday.
Jim Grobe Quotes:
Coach Grobe: We have to play well offensively. Playing good defense is just as much a function of how you're doing on offense— Wake Forest Football (@Wake_FB) September 18, 2012
Grobe: When we get man coverage, you have to have time to get open. We need to protect Tanner better— Wake Forest Football (@Wake_FB) September 18, 2012
Grobe: Army is very aggressive defensively and a little unconventional. They have a wishbone offense that's very challenging— Wake Forest Football (@Wake_FB) September 18, 2012