Jimmy Morris: Adams play crucial

The Commodores face the most important game they have played in many years this Saturday when the Demon Deacons of Wake Forest come to Nashville. A win this weekend would make the Commodores bowl eligible for the first time since 1982. A loss would make the 25th consecutive losing season since 1982. This is no easy out of conference game for the Commodores.

The Demon Deacons come into this game with a 7-4 record.

The Demon Deacons' feature a high scoring offense that averages 27.9 points per game. Their offensive attack is pretty balanced averaging 142.6 yards per game rushing and 195.4 yards per game through the air. Wake Forest's quarterback, Riley Skinner, has thrown for 1,790 yards this season with 9 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. If the Commodores can put some pressure on him, he will be forced to make some bad throws. D.J. Moore could be on the other end of some of those bad throws. If Moore can make a play or two in this game, it will give the Commodores the momentum they need to pull out a victory.

The Demon Deacons' rushing attack is led by freshman running back Josh Adams. Adams has 176 carries for 810 yards and 8 touchdowns. He is averaging 77.6 yards per game on the ground. The Commodores' defense has been pretty good against the run this season, only giving up 126.2 yards per game. If the Commodores can take Adams out of the game, it will force the Demon Deacons' offense to become one dimensional.

Defensively the Demon Deacons are very good against the run, only giving up 117.4 yards per game. That could spell trouble for a Commodores' offense that bases their game plan around the running game. They are going to need another solid effort from Cassen Jackson-Garrison, who will be playing in his last home game as a Commodore. Mackenzi Adams will also need to have another solid game running the football. Adams has done a great job of reading the option when he has the ball in his hands. If he can do that on Saturday, it will open up a lot of things for the Vanderbilt offense.

The Demon Deacons' defense is not as good against the pass. They are giving up 233.8 yards per game through the air. There is a chance this could be Earl Bennett's last game in a Commodore uniform if he decides to go forgo his senior season and enter the NFL draft. Adams should look to Bennett early on Saturday to make a big play. Adams has been very efficient this season in the passing game. He should be able to put up some really good numbers on Saturday.

The Commodores entered this season with the goal of making it to a bowl. They still have a chance to accomplish that goal with a win against Wake Forest. This game could very well come down to the play of Mackenzi Adams. If he struggles on Saturday it will be tough for the Commodores to win, but if he has a big game the Commodores should emerge


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