The first day of Wake Forest fall football camp is in the books. Aside from the dreadful Zack Wary news, we didn’t learn that awful much, but that’s not stopping for from delving into a fall camp mailbag, my first ever venture of this sorts since beginning to cover the Deacs.
The first question comes from the poster we mostly all know affectionately as ‘Deac94.’
Will Chuck Wade remain an inside receiver, or is he switching to the outside.
Les: “GREAT question. Though today was just the acclimation period, one thing that did stick out to me was the fact that Alex Bachman was the third receiver out for the first snaps, joining starters Tabari Hines and Cortez Lewis from last year.
“My perception entering the season was that in effort to replicate the size and skill-set K.J. Brent brought to the Receiver-S position, the Deacs would rely on the 6-foot-3 Jared Crump or 6-5 Scotty Washington. Instead it was Bachman, who stands an even 6-foot, but proved to be incredibly sure handed in the spring.
“Chuck Wade worked with the 2s behind Hines in the flanker position on the inside, and it seems that’s where he will be this season.”
Thermos83 asks, “What defensive veteran reserve(s) will have the biggest role increase(s)?”
Les: “Another excellent question. By reserves, I have to believe you mean they were reserves last season, but have their roles increased this season. This begins and ends with the big news of the day, and that’s the loss of Wary. A group of veterans will be competing with a handful of freshman for playing time in light of Wary’s absence.
“Junior Jaboree Williams had just 13 tackles last season, playing all 12 games. The Deacs will have to get more production from him. Former walk on Grant Dawson also has an opportunity to make a huge impact after registering just 16 tackles in 2015. Clawson said after practice that Williams and Dawson are No. 2 and 3 at inside linebacker, so their contributions will greatly increase.”
@MBJohnston12 asks if there was any clarity on the quarterback situation?
Les: “Absolutely nothing, except it’s clear that right now the bulk of the reps are being shared between John Wolford and Kendall Hinton. Because he has more experience and ended spring camp with a small lead, Wolford is the de facto guy at the top of the depth chart right now, but nobody expect Clawson to name a game one starter until game week.
“Ironically enough, the best play of the day from Hinton was a deep touchdown pass to Cortez Lewis. Wolford most impressive play? Evading pressure and scampering for a positive 15-yard run. So who’s the running quarterback and who’s the passing quarterback?”
@NotStanCotten asked if any of the 2016 signees stood out?
Les: “It was just one practice, and it was without shells and pads, but the one guy I would single out would be Arkeem Byrd. Not only does he ‘look’ the part - he clearly has taken care of himself this summer - but he also has a good bit of buzz around him. I don’t expect Byrd to redshirt this season, and I fully believe he will be one of the three guys getting reps at running back as the season starts.
“Now, if you extrapolate that forward, that means someone is likely getting left out, at least against Tulane, assuming everyone is healthy. Clawson indicated he’d like to have three guys ready to go at running back, but that when the inevitable happens and someone goes down, you have to have a fourth or fifth option. With Tyler Bell, Cade Carney, Matt Colburn, Rocky Reid, Isaiah Robinson and Byrd all starting camp with an opportunity, this competition will be a treat to watch unfold.”