Aug. 8, 2011
RALEIGH, N.C. - The Wolfpack football squad held its first preseason scrimmage of 2011 late Monday afternoon in Carter-Finley Stadium, working out for an hour and a half with the first team offense battling the first-team defense, and the second and third units squaring off as well.
The team ran around 85 plays in the workout, focusing mainly on fundamentals on the first-day of full tackle drills. “This was something to build on,” said head coach Tom O’Brien following the scrimmage. “We worked on our base offense, base defense, getting lined up and fundamentals. We didn’t try to outsmart anybody today. We just wanted everybody to have a chance to play.”
O’Brien didn’t release any individual statistics, but said his quarterbacks completed 20 of 33 pass attempts for 160 yards and a touchdown while a half dozen running backs gained 72 yards on 28 carries. The defense tallied 13 tackles for loss and six sacks. Freshman punter Wil Baumann punted five times for 38.6 yards and rookie placekicker Niklas Sade hit four of his five field goal attempts, including a 41-yarder.
“The defense made it tough to run the ball early, but then the offense threw a little bit and loosened things up,” O’Brien continued. “Our new guys got to sit back and watch for the first 45-50 plays and then were given the opportunity to play. We will watch the film and then everybody will be given something that they can improve on before the next scrimmage.”
O’Brien once again praised his starting quarterback, Mike Glennon. “He was very poised. He moves well in the pocket and he made the right decisions and threw it to the right guys.”
He also was pleased with the young special teams unit of Baumann, Sade and snapper Scott Thompson. “The snaps were good and four of five was a good day for Sade’s first effort. He was very poised and has a strong leg. Baumann also did a good job getting the ball away and not getting blocked.”
The Pack will not practice on Tuesday, but will be on the field twice on Wednesday in its second two-a-day. The team will scrimmage again on Friday evening, then will greet the Wolfpack fans on Saturday at 2 p.m. at the annual Meet the Pack Day.