Skill Position Starters and Key ReservesThe Demon Deacons offense has produced 28 touchdowns this season after scoring just 32 in 12 games last fall.
QB #10 Tanner Price: – Lefty signal-caller has toss . A true sophomore, Price has started 17 games in his Wake career including 15 straight heading into Saturday's contest. The 6'2" 205-pounder's numbers are similar to classmate and counterpart Tommy Rees this season: 14 TD vs. 6 INT and 1,967 passing yards (Rees: 15 TD, 8 INT, 1,930 yards). Rees completes better than 66 percent while Price remains in the 61 percent range in 2011.
TB #22 Brandon Pendergrass and #25 Josh Harris: – Expected to make his ninth career start and fourth straight. The 5'9" 200-pound redshirt-senior has five touchdowns and averages 4.2 yards per carry. Pendergrass is second on the squad in rushing yards (370) behind sophomore, Josh Harris (421, 2 scores in 6 games). The 5'10" 205-pound Harris has battled a hamstring injury over the last month. In 2010, Harris erupted for 241 rushing yards vs. eventual ACC Champion Virginia Tech.
FB #42 Tommy Bohanon: – True junior became the first-ever freshman fullback to start for Demon Deacons head coach Jim Grobe. 6'2" 245-pound battering ram is a key cog in the stubborn Wake Forest rushing attack, one with 30 more carries on the season as a team than the Irish, though the group plods along at 3.0 yards-per-carry.
WR #2 Chris Givens: – Ranks 8th nationally with 928 receiving yards (117 per game) on 52 receptions while scoring eight touchdowns. At 6'0" 195 pounds, Givens is quick after the catch (17.8 yards per grab) and likely ranks as the second-best playmaker in space the Irish defense has seen on the perimeter through nine games this season.
WR #3 Michael Campanaro: – Second on the squad with 35 receptions and 435 receiving yards, adding two scores. The undersized redshirt-sophomore started six of the season's first seven games before ceding his spot to Danny Dembry (below). Campanaro has also completed 3 of 4 passes for two touchdowns and an interception.
WR #81 Terence Davis: – Second on the squad with three receiving scores despite starting just two games. 6'1" 185-pound redshirt-junior has 14 receptions on the season and averages 15.3 yards per catch.
Flanker #18 Danny Dembry: – One of 8 senior or redshirt-senior starters on the offense, the 6'2" 185-pound Dembry is third on the squad with 31 receptions for 398 yards and a score.
TE #83 Cameron Ford: – Has started 13 games dating back to last season. The 6'4" 255-pound redshirt-senior has seven receptions and a touchdown this season, serving mainly as
Offensive LineCoached by offensive coordinator Steed Lobotzke, the quintet boasts a combined 88 starts including a collective 42 straight.
LT #69 Dennis Godfrey: – 6'3" 315-pound redshirt-senior has started 17 games including three straight this season (5 in 2011 overall). Godfrey started 12 games last season and graded out at 73 percent as a junior (second-year varsity player).
LG #78 Joe Looney: – 6'3" 320-pound senior leads the offense with 36 career starts including nine straight. Looney started two games last season as well, missing two due to injury but grading out as the team's top lineman in three separate contests.
C #66 Chance Raines: – 6'2" 290-pound senior will make his third straight and third career start vs. the Irish. Raines played in 2008 as a true freshman; redshirted in 2009, and returned to the field for one game last fall.
RG #75 Michael Hoag: – The 6'6" 305-pound redshirt-senior has started 18 straight games including each of the Demon Deacons eight games this season. Hoag has played in 44 games in his Wake Forest career, finishing fourth last season with a 77 percent final grade and played the third highest number of snaps on the team last season.
RT #62 Doug Weaver: – Massive 6'8" 320-pound redshirt-senior will make his 23rd start and 21st straight Saturday night. Weaver led Wake Forest's offense with 770 snaps last season (Braxston Cave led the Irish with 824).