Preview 2018: Wake Forest Demon Deacons

Preview 2018: Wake Forest Demon Deacons

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Preview 2018: Wake Forest Demon Deacons


What You Need To Know About The Wake Forest Offense

– This has been a whole lot of fun. The Wake Forest offense isn’t just along for the ride like it was during the nice run in the mid-to-late 2000s – this thing can hang around in just about any game against just about anyone.

17th in the nation in total offense averaging 466 yards per game and second in the ACC averaging 35 points per game, it was a high-octane attack for a team that went 7-1 when it scored 30 points or more. Don’t expect this to slow down.

– All five starters are back on the O line that paved the way for a strong year from the ground game and did a good enough job in pass protection. If this isn’t one of the best front fives in the ACC, it’ll be close – the depth is  building, too.

With Matt Colburn and Cade Carney returning, and with redshirt freshman Christian Beal ready to roll, the running backs should be fantastic.

– Losing QB John Wolford isn’t a plus – he ran for ten scores and threw for 3,192 yards and 29 touchdowns – but junior Kendall Hinton is more than ready to take over. He threw for 399 yards and four scores in relief appearances, and he can run, too.

Tabari Hines is transferring, but the receiving corps is loaded with options. Greg Dortch and Scott Washington is a dangerous 1-2 punch to carry the load.

Biggest Key To The Wake Forest Offense

Completion percentage and third down conversions – both matter. The Since it moves at a fast pace designed to keep defenses on their heels, Wake Forest’s offense doesn’t care much about controlling the clock. However, it has to keep the chains moving.

The offense converted fewer than 40% of its third down shots in four of the five losses. That coincided with issues with completion percentages. When the passing game was hitting at a 65% clip, all was right with the world and – other than the battle with Florida State – the team won. Duke, Clemson, Georgia Tech, Notre Dame – all losses, all under 65% passing. Over that? 6-1.

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