Wake Forest Demon Deacons Football Season Preview History
2011 Wake Forest Football Preview:
Last year was a tough one for Wake Forest. The Demon Deacons finished just 3-9 and managed only one win in the ACC. However, head coach Jim Grobe is one of the best in the country, and if anybody can turn it around, it's him.
The offense will rely on whether sophomore quarterback Tanner Price can rebound from his inconsistent freshman campaign. However, coaches believe that he has all the tools to be able to effectively lead the offense. Wake Forest also has a number of talented skill players who will be able to pick up the slack. Specifically, running back Josh Harris and receiver Chris Givens will be the go-to guys.
Nine starters return from an inexperienced defense last year, and the flaws that were exposed in 2010 are expected to be shored up this time around. The defensive line features one of the better pass rushers in the ACC in Kevin Smith, but it is the secondary that will be the strength of this defensive unit. Kenny Okoro and Kevin Johnson are both solid cornerbacks and should provide a sense of stability for a team looking for a rebound.
2010 Wake Forest Football Preview:
In 2006, Wake Forest became the smallest school ever to compete in college football's Bowl Championship Series en route to an ACC Championship, and in 2010, they'll be out to offer further proof that size doesn't matter. The team has enjoyed some recent success under the AP's 2006 Coach of the Year, Jim Grobe, competing in bowl games in the 2006, 2007 and 2008 seasons, before finishing 5-7 last year.
But Wake Forest fans have reason for optimism despite last season's underwhelming finish. Five out of the Demon Deacon's seven losses in 2009 were decided by three points or fewer, and two games went into overtime. Though the ACC annually turns out competitive schedules for each of its members, some added experience may be enough for Wake to turn those close losses into wins.
To help the cause, veteran center Russell Nenon will attempt to hold down the offensive line, which is in need of some support.
Wake Forest opens its season on September 2nd against Presbyterian, and plays its Tobacco Road rival, Duke, in just the second week, on September 11.
2009 Wake Forest Football Preview:
Head Coach: Jim Grobe
Wake Forest is one of the top programs in the ACC Conference today. The Demon Deacons compete against some of the top football programs in the country, but yet Wake continues to pull off big wins. The 2009 season should be no different for Wake Forest, which has high hopes to find themselves playing in the ACC Championship Game.
2008 Wake Forest Football Preview:
Head Coach: Jim Grobe
For a school with one of the smallest enrollments in Division I FBS, the Wake Forest Demon Deacon football program has shown itself to be one of the best in the nation in the last two years. Head coach Jim Grobe has led his team to an Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) regular season title and championship title in 2006, as well as a trip to the Orange Bowl. In 2007 the nation watched the Demon Deacons post a 9-4 record and win the Meineke Car Care bowl over UConn. Groves Stadium will rock again this coming season as Wake Forest looks for more conference glory and another BCS Bowl bid.