Deacs dismiss comparisons to last season

Wake Forest holds a 2-1 record after three games, just like last year. The Demon Deacons look to improve on their record Saturday afternoon as they face off with Boston College.

"I think we look really good as a team," quarterback Tanner Price said. "We're a lot more competitive. … To me, last year is in the past. It's obvious that we're a good team."

Last year's third game of the season was a lopsided loss at Stanford and that came at the start of the losing streak.

Yet parallels to 2010 exist because Wake Forest's victories have come against a Football Championship Subdivision team and an in-state ACC foe in a close call at home.

Still, the outlook for the Demon Deacons appears bright and coach Jim Grobe said he's sensing that progress is being made. "I'm fine with where we are right now," Grobe said.

That's not to say that the coaching staff won't be demanding of the Demon Deacons. Grobe said he's aware that the margin for error remains extremely thin for his team. But at least at this stage, another freefall doesn't appear to be in the mix. "I don't think it will be the same (as a year ago)," Price said.

--The Demon Deacons were scheduled to have four days off after the victory against Gardner-Webb before resuming on-field workouts. The time might seem extreme, but coach Jim Grobe said he wants his players to have enough time to take care of any nagging injuries.
Yet, in general, the Demon Deacons are a healthy bunch after three games aside from WR Michael Campanaro's hamstring ailment. Grobe said it should be a good week for the Demon Deacons to address academics and then be ready to dive into game-planning for the Oct. 1 visit to Boston College.
--The Demon Deacons have had a 100-yard receiver in each of their first three games. The three-game stretch of such accomplishments hadn't been pulled off by Wake Forest since the final three games of the 1998 season.

Expect a thorough evaluation of the offensive line because the Demon Deacons expected to be able to run the ball with more consistency. But the bigger issue here might be in pass protection because opponents will start coming with more pressure if Wake Forest continues to rely so heavily on QB Tanner Price's arm.

The Demon Deacons haven't dominated along the line of scrimmage and with some physical tests on the horizon this is something that's bound to be addressed. Wake Forest quarterbacks have been sacked eight times this year and the Demon Deacons have made only two sacks from the defensive side.

The Demon Deacons will head out on their first ACC road assignment of the season and the Oct. 1 trip to Boston College is a crucial one. A victory would give Wake Forest two Atlantic Division victories early in its schedule. A loss could set up a trouble-filled stretch because home dates with Florida State and Virginia Tech -- the two highest-rated teams in the ACC -- are up after that before the Demon Deacons hit the road for two more games.

--WR Chris Givens, a redshirt junior, has a streak of 18 consecutive games with at least one reception (not counting the 2010 opener when he sat out for a team suspension).
--S Daniel Mack has missed the past couple of games because of a mild sprained shoulder sprain. With the extra week off, he could be on target to return for the Oct. 1 game at Boston College.
--RB Brandon Pendergrass scored his first touchdown of the season against Gardner-Webb. The senior running back's success is often an indicator of the team's fortunes because Wake Forest is 7-2 all-time when Pendergrass scores a touchdown.

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