The Wake Forest Demon Deacons did go bowling in 2011, but after last year’s 4-8 record they have now had 5 losing years in a row. Gone is longtime coach John Grobe and in steps Dave Clawson, who coached Bowling Green from 2009-13. 54 lettermen do return, but just 10 starters overall, so it may not be all that rosy in his first year. Schedule & prediction below.
Wake Forest averaged just 18.3 ppg last year and 18.5 ppg back in 2012, and this year they must replace their QB, top rusher and top WR from a year ago, so this again looks like the weakest offense in the ACC. Tyler Cameron looks to have a hold on the QB spot, but watch out for Kevin Sousa, who may have more athletic ability than Cameron. The running game is a patchwork unit as players from the defense and WR corps are being plugged in to take over. Speaking of the WR corps, it returns no one that had more than 23 receptions last year. The OL is weak as well, despite 3 starters back, and must improve on both run blocking and pass blocking. The defense will clearly be the strength of this tea. They return 23 of 30 lettermen to this side of the ball, but just 2 of 7 starters in their front 7. Still the young DL turned allot of heads in spring and the secondary has a shot at being one of the better in the ACC. The problem spot looks like the LB that is rated one of the worst in the ACC.
Dave Clawson had successful stints at Richmond, Fordham and Bowling Green, but he really has his work cut out for him in his first year at Wake Forest. The offense will be the weakest in the ACC and while the defense will be improved it won’t help them in the standing. 10 starters back, a new head coach and a pretty difficult schedule will put the Deacons in last place of the ACC’s Atlantic Division this year and still about 2 years away from bowl contention. KEY TREND: 1-10 ATS in the second of BB road games.
2014 Wake Forest Demon Deacons Football Schedule
Thu, Aug 28th, 2014 at ULM
Sat, Sep 6th, 2014 Gardner-Webb
Sat, Sep 13th, 2014 at Utah State
Sat, Sep 20th, 2014 Army
Sat, Sep 27th, 2014 at Louisville
Sat, Oct 4th, 2014 at Florida State
Sat, Oct 18th, 2014 Syracuse
Sat, Oct 25th, 2014 Boston College
Thu, Nov 6th, 2014 Clemson
Sat, Nov 15th, 2014 at NC State
Sat, Nov 22nd, 2014 Virginia Tech
Sat, Nov 29th, 2014 at Duke
Info gathered From Phil Steele's CFB Preview and Athlon Sports
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