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Tag:Media Day Takeaway
Posted on: July 24, 2011 11:16 pm
 

Pass defense a priority for Wake Forest in 2011

Posted by Chip Patterson

Sunday was dedicated to the players at the ACC Football Kickoff. Two representatives from each of the 12 schools made their rounds with the media. This was my takeaway from Wake Forest

Wake Forest gave up 238.2 yards per game through the air in 2010, ranking them just above Duke at the bottom of the ACC. Much of that has been credited to inexperience, where the Demon Deacons started four freshman at times in the secondary. But with 9 starters returning on defense, the expectations are that there will be improvement on the defensive side of the ball. Senior linebacker Kyle Wilber did not duck away from admitting things need to change, and even suggested some changes the team has made to help with pass defense.

"This year we're trying to help our secondary a lot, we're dropping back, we're hitting wide receivers, we're not letting them get a free release," Wilbur explained on Sunday. "I feel like its one of the greatest secondaries we've had at our school since 2006. We have a lot of young guys, Merrill Noel - he's a young, feisty freshman who brings a lot of attitude to our corners. He's small…but he's going to hit you and he's good in coverage. He's real aggressive and I really like that in him."

Wilbur went on to explain how the leaders on the team have made the defense a priority. Moving from defensive end to linebacker, the senior will serve as one of the on-field leaders of the unit.

Once again, Wake Forest will find themselves with another uphill battle to regain their prominence of the mid-2000's. They have been selected by many to finish at the bottom of the Atlantic Division again in 2011, though the Deacons are hoping to catch the conference by surprise.
Posted on: July 24, 2011 4:22 pm
Edited on: July 24, 2011 4:23 pm
 

NC State's Glennon taking on leadership role

Posted by Chip Patterson

Sunday was dedicated to the players at the ACC Football Kickoff. Two representatives from each of the 12 schools made their rounds with the media. This was my media day takeaway from N.C. State

One notable absence for many ACC fans will be former N.C. State quarterback Russell Wilson. With Wilson now the focus of the Big Ten, attention has turned towards the new man under center: Mike Glennon. Glennon has been compared by head coach Tom O'Brien to former Boston College quarterback Matt Ryan, but his lack of on-field experience has left much unanswered for the junior quarterback. Senior tight end George Bryan is leading returning receiver from last year's 9-4 squad. In Pinehurst on Sunday, Bryan did not hesitate to share his confidence in the Wolfpack's new signal-caller.

"He commands the offense well," Bryan remarked. "I'm excited for him to be my QB."

Bryan went on to talk about how Glennon has been going out of his way to text teammates in an attempt to organize extra preparation activities in the offseason. Whether it is simply a film session, or even as much as an informal 7-on-7 - the junior quarterback is excited to be the leader of this new team. From the sound of it, the entire Russell Wilson transfer was never a team ordeal at all, but instead a matter that was handled exclusively between Wilson and O'Brien. The sentiments from Bryan and teammate Audie Cole are that it was something out of their hands, and they have long ago moved forward preparing to follow Glennon into the 2011 season.

 
 
 
 
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