August 26, 2011

Thursday practice notes and Grobe Q-&-A

Winston-Salem, N.C. - Nose guard Ramon Booi is undergoing an MRI today to discover the full extent of an injury sustained to his MCL this week in practice.

-After missing most of training camp because of hamstring problems, wide receiver Michael Campanaro and outside linebacker Kyle Wilber returned to practice this week.

-Wide receiver Terence Davis also returned to practice this week after missing most of training camp with a sprained foot. Davis was real impressive with his route-running and catching, making receptions in traffic and in coverage.

-Cornerbacks Kenny Okoro (calf strain) and Merrill Noel are back on the practice field in full participation with the team.

-In one drill defensive backs coach Steve Russ was throwing tennis balls to help the cornerbacks and safeties with eye-hand coordination.

-Later in practice wide receivers and defensive backs competed together in separation and coverage drills. Russ was really praising Noel's efforts in those drills.

-During the seven-on-seven period Cyhl Quarles kept saying, "Come on guys. We've got seven days. Look alive, seven days."

-Later in that period Tanner Price threw a laser, connecting with Davis on a 10-yard curl route in double coverage.

-Wide receivers coach Lonnie Galloway got onto Danny Dembry for a mistake the senior made, saying, "Whoa Danny, did I get pushups for that?"

-Toward the end of practice Josh Bush walked off the field with what appeared to be a shoulder injury.

Jim Grobe

How did Wednesday's scrimmage go, and who impressed you?
"I think the guy that really looked good was Sherman Ragland. Sherman may have a chance to move up and actually play as a true freshman. We're looking hard at him right now in practice. He kind of jumped up. We had a lot of kids make plays. The younger guys it was their chance to show that they could play a little bit, but overall I thought we had several kids that had some good individual efforts, but you could tell that our guys were a little bit tired of practice."

What's Sherman doing that you like so much?
"He's catching the football. He ran his routes really well, and he's one of the healthy guys. Our receiving corps has been so banged up. It's been hard for our quarterbacks, because there's never a consistency. That's really hard for the guys that are throwing the football to have guys that run routes at different paces, different speeds, different cuts, and then the receivers when they don't get to practice very much have trouble catching the football. It was just nice to see somebody go out like Sherman did, and do a nice job catching the football. I thought Matt James did some nice things. Matt's had a problem with his knee. It has been swollen a little bit, and he's healthy again. He made some nice catches, and did some nice things, but I thought the surprise was Sherman Ragland."

It seems like most of those guys that missed the second scrimmage are back practicing for you. Does it seem like the injury bug is gone, and that you're healthy?
"We'll see. Your issue just becomes practice time. Nobody gets good without practice. I told our team yesterday the key is not getting everybody healthy. The key's getting everybody playing good football. I think so many times our kids look at it as if our goal is to get them healthy. That's not our goal. We want them to be healthy, but our number one goal is make them good football players. If you're not practicing it's hard to be a good football player."

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