Preview 2018: Previewing and looking ahead to the Wake Forest season with what you need to know.
Preview 2018: Wake Forest Demon Deacons
This isn’t some sort of a fluke – Wake Forest is actually good now at this football thing.
It took a few years for head coach Dave Clawson to get the program jumpstarted – with two straight 3-9 campaigns before the breakthrough 2016 season – but this appears to be sustainable.
At the very least, this is Clawson’s best team in his five years, and there’s enough depth being developed to have an eye on the future, too.
But there’s always going to be a talent gap between the Demon Deacons and the rest of the ACC Atlantic, having to deal with Clemson and Florida State every year, and with Louisville and NC State hardly layups, either. But that’s okay. Winning at Wake Forest is different than it is for the superpowers.
Winning is never going to be taken for granted in Winston-Salem. Keep going to bowl games, and then hope to catch lighting in a bottle one year.
Shock Clemson at home, delay the Florida State resurgence, and hope the rest of the division has a rough year, and … get a few big breaks.
Yeah, but Wake Forest should do its part to put the pressure on everyone else, too.
Start with a tremendous offensive line full of returning starters, depth at the skill spots, and the loss of QB John Wolford not that big a deal – potentially – as long as veteran backup Kendall Hinton is ready to roll.
The defense will take its lumps, but it’ll be great at getting into the backfield, experienced in the secondary, and just okay enough to hold serve for the high-powered attack.
Call Wake Forest a sleeper team in the ACC race, and assume it’ll be entertaining each and every week. And call the football program really, really good now, too.