Wake Forest Demon Deacons Preview 2022: Season Prediction, Breakdown, Key Games, Players

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Wake Forest Demon Deacons Preview 2022: Season Prediction, Breakdown, Key Games, Players

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Wake Forest Demon Deacons Preview 2022: Season Prediction, Breakdown, Key Games, Players


Wake Forest Demon Deacons: Keys To The Season, Top Game, Top Transfer, Fun Stats

Wake Forest Demon Deacons: Key To The 2022 Offense

Avoid the big turnover games.

It’s part of the cost of doing business in the Wake Forest offense. It usually isn’t bad when it comes to turning gate ball over, but when it does, it does it up big.

The 2020 Demon Deacons only turned it over once in the first seven games, and then gave away two in a loss to Louisville and turned what looked like a blowout into a disaster with four interceptions in the bowl loss to Wisconsin.

Last year’s offense gave it up 20 times in 14 games. That’s not all that bad, but four of the giveaways were in the ACC Championship loss to Pitt, three were in the loss to Clemson, and two were in the 58-55 thriller of a defeat to North Carolina.

The O turned it over 14 times during the final six are stretch before the bowl game, and the program is now 1-6 in its last seven since the beginning of 2018 when it gave the ball up three or more times.

Wake Forest Demon Deacons: Key To The 2022 Defense

Just keep the run defense from getting gashed.

Army ran for 416 yards and five scores. That’s fine, that’s what Army does – and it was fine because Wake Forest won 70-56.

Clemson – even with last year’s offense – is Clemson. The 333 yards and four yards on the ground will happen, and North Carolina had a game with 330 rushing yards and six scores.

That’s all fine. Wake Forest doesn’t have Georgia’s run defense, and that’s okay. However, keeping offenses to under five yards per carry is a big deal.

Wake Forest moves fast, works fast, plays fast. Time of possession doesn’t matter to this bunch, so to a certain extent, it’s okay to let teams keep pounding the rock as long as they’re not busting off the big runs.

The Demon Deacon D allowed more than 4.1 yards per carry in each of the last eight regular season games, and gave up 4.9 on the year.

That’s why …

Wake Forest Demon Deacons: Key Player To The 2022 Season

DT Dion Bergan, Sr.
Of course the quarterback situation is now front and center with Michael Kern and Mitch Griffis the main men battling to try filling in for Sam Hartman while he’s out, but the offense will be fine. The defensive interior needs a boost, and it’s up to Bergan and fellow senior Tyler Williams to make that happen.

The Demon Deacons will get into the backfield, and it would be nice if it came from all four spots. More than that, run defense, run defense, run defense.

The 6-1, 294-pound Bergan made 25 tackles and got into the backfield enough to register 5.5 tackles for loss. He’s a big, quick veteran who can make a whole lot of big things happen with his experience inside – at least that’s the hope.

And …

Wake Forest Demon Deacons: Key Transfer

DT Kobie Turner, Sr.
There’s a chance the former Richmond Spider rises up and instantly becomes the main man in the interior.

The 6-3, 290-pounder was a superstar in the FCS, earning All-Colonial Athletic Association honors three times with 158 tackles, 15 sacks, and 33.5 tackles for loss. If he’s the transfer he’s expected to be, the defensive front might instantly be a whole lot better.

Wake Forest Key Game To The 2022 Season

Clemson, Sept. 24
Okay, let’s just do this and get it out of the way.

Wake Forest lost to Clemson last season and still managed to work its way into the ACC Championship. It’ll make things a whole lot easier if the Demon Deacons can pull off a home win in the ACC opener.

2008 was the last time Wake Forest was able to get past the Tigers – 13 years ago. It might seem like a tall task, but considering what’s coming later in the ACC schedule, there almost certainly won’t be a repeat trip to the title game with a loss here.

Wake Forest Demon Deacons: 2021 Fun Stats

– Fumbles: Opponents 29 (lost 14) – Wake Forest 9 (lost 4)
– Penalties: Opponents 106 for 938 yards – Wake Forest 81 for 737 yards
– Field Goals: Wake Forest 23-of-25 – Opponents 16-of-21

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