The Wake Forest football team completed its fifth of 15 spring practices on Thursday evening. The players were dressed in full pads, as they are permitted to do for 12 of the 15 practices.
Special teams continued to be a point of emphasis for the Demon Deacons. Special teams coordinator Adam Scheier is energetic and was working with the players on punt protection in addition to releasing into punt coverage. During the beginning of practice there was a period which focused on fielding punts. Tyree Harris, Jared Crump, Johnny Armstrong, Orville Reynolds, Jalen Latter, Merrill Noel, and Kevin Johnson were the ones receiving punts. At this point it's too early to determine who will be fielding punts for the Deacs come the fall, but if I had to guess I'd go with Kevin Johnson.
There were also drills involving the defensive linemen going against the offensive linemen. The emphasis of these drills seemed to be the defensive linemen defeating double teams, while the offensive linemen focused on team teaming and then looking for which linebacker to block.
A few final observations
-Matt James had several impressive plays
-Anthony Wooding Jr. had two interceptions, including a pick six.
-Tyler Cameron would be the clear favorite to start at quarterback, but Tyler Smith and/or John Wolford could compete for the starting spot when they arrive in the summer.
Saturday's practice will be closed so will not have a recap until next Tuesday's practice is complete.