Preview 2019: Previewing and looking ahead to the Wake Forest Demon Deacons season with what you need to know.
– What You Need To Know: Offense | Defense
– Top Players | Key Players, Games, Stats
– What Will Happen, Win Total Prediction
– Recruiting Class Analysis | Schedule Analysis
– Wake Forest Previews 2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015
2018 Record: 7-6 overall, 3-5 in ACC
Head Coach: Dave Clawson, 6th year, 28-35
5. WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE WAKE FOREST OFFENSE
– It was a feast-or-famine offense that scored 50 points or more four times, and 27 points or fewer in seven games. Overall, though, it finished 28th in the nation in total O and averaged 33 points per game. There’s excellent balance, enough of a burst and explosion to come up with the big performances needed – like in the go-bowling-or-go-home 59-7 win over Duke – to be dangerous.
– The old adage that if you have two starting quarterbacks, you don’t have one doesn’t quite apply. There’s an excellent battle between Jamie Newman and Sam Hartman that will go deep into the fall camp, and there’s no real wrong answer.
The 6-4, 230-pound junior Newman stepped in late in the year and led the way to three wins in the final four games. He can run, but he’s got the size and the downfield passing skills to build around. Hartman is a smallish baller who rose up in his true freshman season and threw two touchdown passes or more in seven of his first nine games before getting knocked out for the season with a leg injury. They’re both good.
– Both quarterbacks will be positive rushers, but the bulk of the work will go to 5-11, 215-pound senior Cade Carney, who ran for 1,005 yards and eight scores. Now the depth has to rise up with Matt Colburn done, opening a spot for sophomore Christian Beal-Smith and slew of freshmen to find an early role. However …
– The offensive line is an early concern. It struggled mightily in pass protection and wasn’t good at keeping defenses out of the backfield, but it was solid against the run. Three starters are done – all in the interior – and there’s little in the way of raw bulk and the depth is a bit lacking. The tackles should be set, but it’ll take the fall camp to come up with the right starting five.
– Star receiver Greg Dortch is now a New York Jet, but it’s going to be a sneaky-good corps with the upside to do a whole lot more. Sage Surratt is a 6-3, 220-pound sophomore with deep ball ability, 6-5 senior Scotty Washington is a reliable veteran coming off a shoulder problem, and QB Kendall Hinton should grow into a dangerous target after seeing a little time last year. There’s a decent tight end tandem in Brandon Chapman and Jake Freudenthal that will combine for at least 30 grabs.