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April 13, 2013Winston-Salem, NC - Wake Forest went heavy with the option and run, churning out 192 yards and two touchdowns on 57 carries in the Demon Deacons second scrimmage of the spring.
Offensive coordinator Steed Lobotzke spoke with Deacons Illustrated after the scrimmage about the off-season changes to Wake's running game and returning to more of an option attack.
The offense was really run-heavy today. Is that just something that you all are really trying to stress, learning the option and the new changes that you all are making? "That's right. Our goal today wasn't to be a balanced offense and score as many points as possible. Our goal today was to get the evaluations we needed on all those quarterbacks that we have, so we made sure that we got the reps for those guys and each of them got those reps."
"We wanted to compare apples to apples. We wanted to compare all four quarterbacks doing the same plays and compare their ability at those plays. I ran four plays over and over again for the first half hour of that scrimmage to get enough of it on tape, so we can really evaluate who's our best quarterback at running some of this spread option stuff that we're doing."
"And then after we got enough of that on tape now let's try a little run, pass stuff and mix it up and so the second half of the scrimmage we threw a little more, so first half zero passes; second half of the scrimmage we worked 10 passes there. We tried to look a little more like we want to look on game day."
On the changes of the running game: "We really took a hard look at our run-game and its ineffectiveness last year and we just said just because we did it last year it means that it automatically gets rubberstamped to this year and we've really tried to go back to square one and build the running game up from a clean slate and everything was criticized and everything was looked at, picked apart."
"We studied a lot of people throughout the country that are good at running the football. We tried to copy and model our run-game after them."
Now, these scrimmages are they more seeing what works right now; not really a normal game-day approach in terms of your play-calling? Is it more just teaching and learning? "That's right. The first scrimmage our goal was to get everything on tape equally, so our run-pass balance was actually 50-50 exactly and everything was represented equally."
"Today we really focused on four runs to make the quarterbacks work at those, and then I just kind of spread around and hit some, but we left a lot of stuff uncalled today. There's entire concepts today that got no hits. Today was not a concept day. Today was pitting player against player to see what the depth-chart's supposed to look like, because we don't really know how long we're going to go in the spring game. We felt that this might be our last really good evaluation scrimmage."
On the offensive line: "With eight linemen, a couple of them playing through injury, and we're waiting to get two guys back with [Steven] Chase and [Antonio] Ford. [I] would really love to get Colin Summers back, but that's tough right now."
"And then we got to get those young guys in. There's no promise that we're not going to play a true freshman on the o-line this year either with our o-line situation right now."
"If a kid's a number two center and he can start at guard for us we'll move him. If a kid's a number two guard and can start at center we'll move him. We got a lot of kids in the o-line playing multiple positions right now. We're just going to try to get our best five on the field next year. That can change from game to game depending on injuries."
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