Wake Forest – A First Look

We continue our preview articles on the Black Knights opponents this season with a quick snapshot of their team, how the season has gone to date and other relevant information. This will, of course, be followed with a three keys article later in the week and the two pieces combined will give an even better breakdown of just what Army will be facing on the following Saturday.

Next up for the Black Knights is a home clash with Wake Forest.

Season so far

Wake Forest is 1-1 on the season to date. On the opening weekend they beat Elon of the FCS 41-3. The game was a coming out party of sorts for quarterback John Wolford (photo above), who passed for a career-high 323 yards and three touchdowns. Wolford capped of a stellar personal performance with a 70-yard touchdown run, the longest quarterback rush for a touchdown for the Deacs since 1968. Wolford continued his personal offensive output in the Demon Deacons second game of the season too, throwing for 373 yards against Syracuse. The yardage is a little misleading, however, as Wolford threw three picks and was sacked six times in a 30-17 Wake Forest defeat.

Injuries and Suspensions

Wake Forest is starting the season without offensive lineman Ryan Anderson, who was suspended for the first five games of the season for violating team rules. Anderson was expected to be the starting center for the Demon Deacons and this will be the third game of his suspension. Though the loss of Anderson was barely noticeable against Elon, he was sorely missed against Syracuse where the offensive line lacked a leader. This was a huge part of the reason that Wolford was sacked six times, and hurried many more, during the game.

The Demon Deacons are also struggling on the defensive line because of the loss of one of their better players. Sophomore defensive end, and listed starter, Duke Ejiofor, has been held out of contact since a concussion cost him the final two weeks of fall camp. Ejiofor had two sacks in very limited action last fall and was expected to be a huge part of the Demon Deacons defensive line rotation. Without him there is no edge pressure on the opposing quarterback.

Challenges

Obviously the main challenge here will be shutting down Wolford and the passing game. Syracuse gambled on this by stuffing the Wake running game and letting their athletic back seven make plays on the ball when Wolford put it in the air. Wake had a number of chunk plays of over 10 yards against Syracuse and Army must look to limit these if they are to have a chance of beating the Demon Decons.

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