>> Monday, June 29, 2009
Sorry, I couldn't find a single picture of an attractive female that attends Wake Forest...Seriously!
Jim Grobe has become something of a miracle man in Winston Salem. Wake Forest had been a downtrodden program, rotting in the lower depths of the ACC and in 2006 it all changed. Wake Forest, lead by Grobe and quarterback Riley Skinner, somehow managed to reach eleven wins. Miraculously, they weren't a one hit wonder and managed to win nine games in 2007 and finished with eight in 2008. Those kind of numbers are absurd at a school like Wake, where the stadium holds less than 35,000 people and has under 5,000 under graduate students. Grobe and Skinner hope to continue their winning ways at BB&T field this season but they have plenty of talent to replace at some key positions.
Skinner is a talented quarterback, whom has been a difference maker in his time at Wake and he returns in hopes of another bowl game appearance. The senior will be joined in the backfield by a trio of running backs who are all capable of putting yards in the scorebook. Kevin Harris, after a great performance in the bowl game, is expected to be the starter, but the return of 2007 ACC Rookie of the Year, Josh Adams, may change the depth chart. Skinner will have several targets to throw the ball to, including junior Marshall Williams and sophomore Devon Brown. They will have to replace the 81 receptions that Demir Boldin compiled last season, and they both have the talent to accomplish that task. The offensive line returns in tact but must improve on their shaky performance last season. While Wake possesses talent on the offensive side of the ball, the defensive unit took a massive hit from graduation.
The Demon Deacons had one of the most talented defensives in the country last season and that talent helped propel them to their eight win total. However, the losses of All-American Aaron Curry, Alphonso Smith and Stanley Arnoux will be tough for Wake to swallow. Wake must replace their entire linebacking unit and are relying on Matt Woodlief, Jonathan Jones, and Hunter Haynes to be their saving grace, but all three linebacker are unproven. The defensive line lost end Matt Robinson, but possesses veteran talent in the middle with Boo Robinson and John Russell at the tackle positions. The front seven needs to provide pressure upfront to take the heat off a defensive backfield that lost its best player, Alphonso Smith. Smith was a shutdown corner who provided leadership and a swagger to the defensive unit and replacing him will be a difficult task. Josh Bush and Brandon Ghee will attempt to replace that charismatic personality and talent, but once again, it remains to be seen if they are capable of shutting down the opponents passing game.
Grobe has relied upon unproven talent that his program has developed over the past several years, and this years recruiting class will be no different. Grobe landed the 64th ranked class in the country (rivals.com) and the class is filled with undersized, but malleable athletes. Six foot, 196 pound linebacker Daniel Mack appears to be the perfect fit for Grobe's system and athlete Michal Campanaro provides a body that can be used at wide receiver or in the defensive backfield.
September 26th-Boston College-Win
October 3rd-N.C. State-Win
November 7th-@Georgia Tech-Loss
November 14th-Florida State-Loss
Season Projection: 9-3 (5-3 ACC)