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Wake Forest - Duke GAMEDAY - 10 Things to Watch

Just hours before kickoff, Demon Deacon Digest presents you with 10 things to watch in this afternoon's matchup between the Deacs and the Blue Devils at Wallace Wade Stadium in Durham.

With Wake Forest kicking off the ACC slate just hours from now against the Duke Blue Devils, here’s 10 things we’ll be looking for at Wallace Wade Stadium.

  1. Kendall Hinton, again. How will the Deac coaching staff use this talented sophomore quarterback from Durham, and how will he respond in his first chance to battle his hometown Blue Devils? 
  2. Deacs confidence level on offense. The Wake Forest offense had a successful fall camp, and were able to hold their own against a talented defense day-in and day-out, but were clearly stifled in the season-opener against Tulane. Did the extra days off allow them enough time to regain their confidence?
  3. Wake defensive line. With a redshirt quarterback leading the Duke offense, will the Wake defensive front make him uncomfortable and mistake prone? Getting pressure early and not allowing Daniel Jones an opportunity to get in rhythm will be a key.
  4. Tabari Hines or Chucky Wade. It's entirely possible Wade gets the start at the slot this week, but expect both to get plenty of opportunities.
  5. One-on-one battles down the field. Speaking of opportunities, which Wake wide receiver will be the first to win a downfield battle for a big gain?
  6. Amari Henderson. The Wake redshirt freshman cornerback is set to make his collegiate debut. After a great first half of camp in 2015, injuries slowed him down and eventually sidelined him for the season. Now, the big-time playmaker from Mallard Creek High School in Charlotte is finally ready to prove himself for the Deacs.
  7. Turnovers. One of the keys to the game. The Blue Devils routed North Carolina Central last week, but fumbled the ball six times, losing five of them. Meanwhile the Deacs were turnover free against Tulane.
  8. Tyler Bell. The Wake sophomore running back ran for close to 100 yards against Duke in the season finale last season, and took a fair share of first team reps this week. He was ready to play against Tulane, but never made an appearance. Wake coach Dave Clawson said Cade Carney would get the start at tailback, but don't be surprised to see Bell in there early.
  9. Creativity. Wake showed a couple looks early with both Kendall Hinton and John Wolford on the field at the same time, but really didn't do much with it. What else do they have up their sleeve, and will it be unveiled today against the Blue Devils?
  10. Wake offensive line. For the Deacs to move the ball, the quarterbacks will need time to operate and the running back will need holes to hit, and that all starts up front.   

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