Wake Forest Offseason Notebook

Last year Wake Forest played the Noles to a very close game which wasn't decided until late in the game. This year, when the Deacons travel to Tallahassee on October 8th, the Seminoles hope for more one-sided contest.


DOWN TWO IN THE OPENER

Wake Forest senior running back Chris Barclay and junior cornerback Riley Swanson have been suspended for one game this fall for violating athletic department policy, head coach Jim Grobe confirmed today.

Barclay and Swanson, both projected starters, will miss the season opener Sept. 1 against Vanderbilt at Groves Stadium. The two players will also sit out the first week of practice and will be reinstated Aug. 10.

"Chris and Riley are two really good kids," Grobe said. "I am disappointed in their judgment. They made a foolish decision and they will pay a price for it. However, we have never had a problem with either kid, on or off the field, in any way whatsoever."

"I hope this will be a great lesson for them. This will give them an opportunity to show their character, to come back and be good members of the football team and university."

Barclay was a first team All-ACC selection and team MVP in 2004 after leading the ACC in rushing during the regular season for the second straight year (91.8 yards per game). He carried 243 times for 1,010 yards and nine touchdowns last season and is just the 13th player in ACC history to accumulate more than 1,000 yards rushing in consecutive seasons.

Swanson, a redshirt junior, played in all 11 games and started once in 2004. He recorded 49 tackles and five pass break-ups as a sophomore. In 2003, Swanson was named ACC All-Freshman by The Sporting News after producing 41 tackles in 12 games.

Both players will be eligible to play in Wake Forest's second game of the season, Sept. 10 at Nebraska.

THREE DEACS MAKE PRESEASON ALL-ACC

Senior running back Chris Barclay, senior punter Ryan Plackemeier and junior offensive tackle Steve Vallos were named Preseason All-ACC by the league's media Monday in voting conducted at the annual Football Kickoff.

Wake Forest, along with Miami and NC State, were the only schools to have three players recognized on the All-ACC squad.

Barclay was a first team All-ACC selection and team MVP in 2004 after leading the ACC in rushing during the regular season for the second straight year (91.8 yards per game). He carried 243 times for 1,010 yards and nine touchdowns last season. Barclay is just the 13th player in ACC history to accumulate more than 1,000 yards rushing in consecutive seasons.

Plackemeier was named first team All-ACC for the second straight year in 2004. He led the league and ranked eighth nationally in punting with a 43.9 yard average. Plackemeier posted the fourth-best single season punting average in school history. A Ray Guy Award candidate, he punted 64 times for 2,809 yards and dropped 17 punts inside the 20-yard line last season.

Vallos was named second team All-ACC by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association in 2004. He was selected first team All-ACC by Rivals after starting all 11 games for the Deacons, one of only three offensive players to do so. Vallos bounced around the offensive line based on need and injury situations, playing all four line positions except center.

Boston College senior defensive end Mathias Kiwanuka was named ACC Preseason Player of the Year.

In the preseason poll, Wake Forest was picked sixth in the Atlantic Division.

The Demon Deacons received 119 points in the preseason poll. Florida State is the preseason favorite in the division, followed by ACC newcomer Boston College, NC State, Clemson and Maryland. Virginia Tech was tabbed as the preseason favorite in the Coastal Division, followed by Miami, Virginia, Georgia Tech, North Carolina and Duke.

ETC.

--Wake and Ole Miss agreed to play a home-and-home series. Wake Forest will travel to Oxford, Miss., to play the Rebels on Sept. 23, 2006. Ole Miss will return the trip to Groves Stadium on Sept. 6, 2008.

"We are pleased to play a quality opponent from the SEC like Ole Miss," athletic director Ron Wellman said. "We're excited about this non-conference series and the opportunity for our fans and team to compete with a program of such quality."

-- The team chose the slogan "Time to Run!" as the theme for the season.

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