2. KEYS TO THE SEASON
Biggest Key To The Wake Forest Offense
Consistency. The Demon Deacons were able to explode at times, and they were able to rise up and rock enough to get to a bowl game and win it, but there were way too many power outages.
There’s always going to be a talent and depth gap compared to the stronger ACC teams, but the O was still able to put up over 500 yards against Boston College, Duke, and a good Tulane defense.
In all, the Demon Deacons cranked up over 500 yards six times and went 7-2 when coming up with 400 or more. Under 400, they went 0-4.
Biggest Key To The Wake Forest Defense
1) Stay healthy, 2) stop allowing so many big pass plays, 3) see No. 1. The Demon Deacons are way thin in the defensive front six and at safety. There’s always a drop-off from the ones to the twos, but it’s going to be more pronounced on the 2019 Demon Deacon D, at least in terms of overall experience.
Injuries were an issue throughout last year, and they were a big deal this offseason – especially losing Old Dominion DT transfer Miles Fox – but the starting 11 would be fine if it can stay in one piece. That includes the safeties.
The pass defense picked off two passes against Rice, and four in the other 12 games. There weren’t enough big plays, opposing passing games were able to crank up yards in chunks, and there was way too much stress put on the offense to try keeping up.
Key Player To A Successful Season
DT Sulaiman Kamara, Jr.
And/or 295-pound sophomore Dion Bergan, and/or 290-pound sophomore Tyler Williams, and/or anyone who can fill in the gaps on the defensive interior.
It’s not like the line was a rock against the run, but it wasn’t bad, and now it loses the combination of Willie Yarbary and Zeek Rodney. There’s going to be a rotation of options, but the more that Kamara can do to be an anchor – he made 28 stops last year – the better.
Key Game To The Wake Forest Season
Florida State, Oct. 19
This would be a good time to break the streak. Wake Forest should be good enough to go bowling, but it won’t be able to give away home games over the first two months of the season with a rough November to deal with.
That includes beating Florida State, which it hasn’t been able to do since 2011. The Noles will be coming off a trip to Clemson, and the Demon Deacons have a week off to follow. This is one to steal.
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2018 Wake Forest Fun Stats
– Field Goals: Wake Forest 19-of-22 – Opponents 8-of-11
– Penalties: Opponents 75 for 647 yards – Opponents 55 for 548 yards
– Red Zone TDs: Opponents 32-of-40 (80%) – Wake Forest 37-of-61 (61%)