2009 Wake Forest Demon Deacons Football Preview
2009 Wake Forest Demon Deacons season preview from Maddux Sports. Below you can find our official Wake Forest Demon Deacons football preview as well as the 2009 Wake Forest Demon Deacons Football Schedule. When betting on college football against the bookmakers odds dont dismiss our NCAA football picks to help build your bankroll this year.
Coach: Jim Grobe (9th year at Wake Forest)
Team Name: Demon Deacons
2008 Overall Record: 8-5
Returning Starters: 13
Despite the fact that the Wake Forest Demon Deacons (8- 5 overall, 4- 4 ACC Atlantic) have been to three straight bowl contests, they’ve been slowly losing their foothold in the conference after winning 11, being rated 15th nationally and going to the Orange Bowl where they lost to number five Louisville 13- 24 in 2006. In the last two years, their wins have declined, and they have finished out of the top 25.
Senior QB Riley Skinner (363 ATT, 232 COMP, 2,347 YDs, 7 INTs, 13 TDs) is a talented and reliable field general, but he’s leading a thin offense. The Demon Deacon offense averaged a mere 21.0 PPG and their 308.3 total yards per game ranked them 101st in the country. Amongst the wideouts, there is not one returning starter. Junior Marshall Williams (26 REC, 390 YDs, 2 TDs) is back as the top pass catcher. Along with Williams, senior tight end Ben Wooster (24 REC, 211 YDs, 3 TDs) could be key in churning out points. The Deacons were primarily a passing club last season. This year, they look to change that by offering a more balanced attack that includes a classic I-Formation and the contributions of speedy running back Josh Adams, the 2007 ACC Rookie of the Year, and senior running back Kevin Harris, who was brilliant in last year’s EagleBank Bowl. This team needs points if it hopes to be competitive.
One problem for Wake this year has to do with its defense. In the past, the Deacons have put a talented, scrappy, veteran squad that manufactured turnovers and points. Only four starters are back on the “D” that held opponents to just 18.3 PPG (16th nationally). The team’s pass defense was rated 12th and the Demon Deacons’ rushing “D” was ranked 29th. The secondary and linebacking units have both been depleted and are being rebuilt. The frontline is the strength of this club. DTs Boo Robinson and John Russell, both seniors, return to anchor the line. Robinson is the club’s returning leading sacker and tackler from with five and 47 respectively.
The Wake Forest field goal game has been strong over the past few seasons. But the backbone of that unit, placekicker Sam Swank, the Deacons’ leading all time point producer with 334 points, has graduated and his skilled and experienced replacement, Shane Popham, is injured. There’s competition amongst various recruits for this all-important spot.
The Demon Deacons lost to Navy, Maryland, NC State and Boston College in the regular season. In the EagleBank Bowl, they rebounded versus Navy, beating the Midshipmen 29- 19. In the 2008 regular-season, the Deacons defeated Florida State last year and will try to upset them again this season when they meet the Seminoles at home on November 14. The week before they play a tough Georgia Tech club. Wake could lose both of those important contests. Head coach Jim Grobe (54- 44 in eight years at Wake Forest) has his work cut out for him. There’s raw talent and a few skilled returning starters. A third or even fourth-place ACC finish looks likely and a low-end bowl game will welcome the Demon Deacons.
Wake Forest Demon Deacons Football Schedule
|9/26/2009||Wake Forest||Boston Coll.||away|
|10/3/2009||Wake Forest||N.C. State||home|
|10/31/2009||Wake Forest||Miami (FL)||home|
|11/7/2009||Wake Forest||Georgia Tech||away|
|11/14/2009||Wake Forest||Florida St.||home|
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