Demon Deacons don pads

From Wake Forest news releaseMarch 25, 2011 

Wake Forest went through its fourth practice of the spring on Thursday at the Doc Martin Football Practice Complex. The practice marked the first time this year that the Demon Deacons wore full pads.

"I thought it was a good practice," coach Jim Grobe said. "I thought we had a real physical practice. I thought our kids enjoyed being in full pads. I don't think we had anybody hurt, but we've got a few bumps and bruises. That's my biggest concern, the older I get, the more I want to keep them healthy. I liked everything we did today. I thought it was a good pad practice."

The Deacons introduced some 11-on-11 scrimmaging in preparation for Saturday's scrimmage at BB&T Field. Near the end of Thursday's practice, the defensive sideline erupted when the defense forced and recovered a fumble following a completed pass.

"I liked what our energy was," Grobe said. "I think we've had four real energetic practices where the guys had a lot of fun. There was a lot of enthusiasm, a lot of emotion, bouncing back and forth. The defense is doing some really good things. I think they're doing some things that is making it tough for us to be consistent offensively. But that's okay. It's still early in spring. As the offense gets more snaps, we'll pick things up better. Right now, I couldn't be more pleased with where we are after just four days."

Football

Hokies' Boyce facing child abuse charges: Blacksburg, Va., police say a Virginia Tech football player is facing child abuse charges in connection with injuries to his infant child.

The Roanoke Times reports that 20-year-old Xavier Boyce and girlfriend Olivia Hutchins were arrested Wednesday on charges related to cruelty and injuries to the girl. Boyce is a sophomore split end.

Police say they believe the child was injured Jan. 31 at the couple's home but didn't say in what way the child was hurt.

Boyce and Hutchins were released on bond.

Under the school's athletic department policy, any athlete charged with a felony is automatically suspended from all athletic-related activities. That means Boyce won't be able to participate in spring practice.

Gamecocks' Garcia promises to stay out of trouble: South Carolina quarterback Stephen Garcia guarantees he won't get into trouble again.

The senior was suspended for the first three spring workouts for violating team rules before the Gamecocks' bowl game last December.

The school has refused to say what Garcia did, and the quarterback wouldn't talk about it either after Thursday's practice.

Garcia now has missed at least part of three of his five spring practices on campus. Three run-ins with the law during his first 15 months at South Carolina caused him to miss all offseason practices in 2007 and 2008.

Garcia says he was distraught when he got a voice mail the day spring practice started from coach Steve Spurrier telling him he was suspended.

Oklahoma State promotes assistant: Oklahoma State has promoted assistant coach Glenn Spencer to co-defensive coordinator.

Basketball

Missouri searching for coach: The search has begun for the new coach at Missouri.

Missouri has hired an outside firm to assist in the search. It did the same thing before hiring Mike Anderson, who left the school after five seasons Wednesday to take the open job at Arkansas.

Associated Press

Thursday's results Baseball

St. Augustine's 12-10, Shaw 4-3: Rashad Ingram produced five RBIs on four hits including two home runs and a triple for the Falcons in a doubleheader sweep of the Bears.

Ingram almost hit for the cycle in the first game. His grand slam over the left centerfield fence was part of a six-run third inning which gave the Falcons (28-13, 18-2 CIAA) an 8-3 lead. He added a triple in the fifth inning and a single in the sixth inning.

Franklyn Johnson cracked a three-run homer in the second inning of the nightcap for the Bears (9-19, 3-10).

From St. Aug's news release

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