Wake Forest Demon Deacons 2016 College Football Preview, Schedule, Prediction, Depth Chart, Outlook
2015 Record 3-9
Wake Forest Demon Deacons 2016 Preview
Dave Clawson continues the rebuilding of the Wake Forest Demon Deacons in 2016.
Overview: Clawson is patiently building Wake Forest from the ground up but his third year on the job should begin to reap rewards and the fan base couldn’t agree more.
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Offense: If Wake Forest is going to improve then we know they need to score more then 17 points. The Demon Deacons have a strong throwing quarterback in John Wofford and a strong running quarterback in Kendall Hinton and Clawson must decide which direction the offense is going. Tyler Bell paced the ground game with 446 yards but he averaged less then 3 ½ yards with Matt Colburn (66-239) averaging just over 3 ½ yards. The Wake passing attack seems to be in better shape with Cortez Lewis and Cam Serigne combining for over 1,100 yards with Tabari Hines and Chuck Wade giving the team four options. Four starters return on the O-Line for WF while six have starting experience.
Defense: Wake only allowed 24 points per game and played strong run ‘D’ and a loaded defensive line is a good thing with Wendell Dunn, Duke Ejiofor and Chris Calhoun combining for 19 TFL. The Demon Deacons lose two of their top three linebackers which doesn’t help but getting back Marquiel Lee and his ten TFL and three sacks gives the unit a dependable and productive piece to build around. The Wake Forest secondary generally went with a seven man rotation with five returning led by corner Brad Watson with 18 passes defensed with CB Dionte Austin breaking up five throws but this unit needs better play at safety and better overall efforts versus quality passing squads.
Special Teams: Dom Maggio takes over the vacant punting chores with Mike Weaver was 10-12 on field goals of less then 40 yards but just 1-6 from 40+ yards which hurt a Demon Deacons squad that needed points. Chuck Wade and Tabari Hines will handle the Wake return game but neither stood out.
Outlook: I think we’ll the Demon Deacons improve in 2016 but the offense needs to make the biggest jump to help out on the scoreboard. This doesn’t have a Bowl feel to it but the postseason for Wake Forest might be coming soon.
10/1 @NC State
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