Best Wake Forest Offensive Player
WR/KR Greg Dortch, Soph.
A smallish, shifty 5-9, 165-pounder, he led the team with 53 catches for 722 yards and nine scores despite missing the last five game with an abdominal injury. He closed with a bang, hitting Louisville for four touchdowns on ten grabs in the win, and now he’s back as the No. 1 target.
Dangerous whenever he gets the ball in his hands, he averaged over eight yards per punt return and over 22 yards on kickoff returns.
2. C Ryan Anderson, Sr.
3. OT Justin Herron, Sr.
4. G Phil Haynes, Sr.
5. RB Matt Colburn, Sr.
Best Wake Forest Defensive Player
CB Essang Bassey, Jr.
The ultra-quick 5-18, 185-pounder isn’t afraid to get in on stops and proved able to get in on a few big plays. He and the whole secondary have to be better, but after making 75 stops and with three picks, he did his part.
Sure in the open field, he came up with ten tackles against Louisville and 12 against Syracuse – now he’s the top corner who’ll be an All-ACC performer again.
2. LB Justin Strnad, Jr.
3. S Cameron Glenn, Sr.
4. DT Willie Yarbary, Sr.
5. LB Demetrius Kemp, Sr.
Key Player To A Successful Season
QB Kendall Hinton, Jr.
He’s ready, but he has to prove he can consistently handle the full workload – and stay in one piece – with John Wolford gone. Hinton saw plenty of action as a true freshman, played in a few games in 2016, and got in a little work last year, but now it’s sink-or-swim time with him at the position.
Only 6-0 and 195 pounds, he’s a dangerous runner and a good enough passer to balance out the offense, but after the massive year Wolford had, it’s asking a lot to throw for close to 3,200 yards and make the attack fly like the former starter did.
Key Game To The Wake Forest Season
Boston College, Sept. 13
The Demon Deacons started out their big season last year with a blasting 34-10 road win over the Eagles. This time around against a better BC team, this turns into a must win with Notre Dame up next, and then in ACC play – after a layup against Rice – is Clemson, at Florida State, at Louisville. With NC State still to face on the road, it’s a nasty slate. Wake Forest can’t give away anything, especially at home.
2017 Wake Forest Fun Stats
– Time of Possession: Opponents 32:57 – Wake Forest 27:03
– 4th Down Conversions: Wake Forest 12-of-20 (20%) – Opponents 17-of-33 (52%)
– 1st Quarter Scoring: Wake Forest 129 – Opponents 74