Notable Additions: LB Stanley Arnoux, DE Anthony Davis, DE Jeremy Thompson, WR/S Chip Vaughn, WR Alphonso Smith, LB Eric Berry.
Notable Subtractions: OL Mark Moroz, OL Tyson Clabo, OL Craig Jones, LB Kellen Brantley, FS Quintin Williams
Notable Returnees: QB Cory Randolph, TB Chris Barclay, WR Willie Idlette, WR Jason Anderson, OL Steve Vallos, OL Blake Lingruen, LB Jon Abbate, LB Brad White, DE Jyles Tucker, CB Caron Bracy, CB Eric King, CB Marcus McGruder, SS Warren Braxton, DT Goryal Scales, DE Jerome Nichols, QB Ben Mauk.
|2004 FOOTBALL SCHEDULE|
|09/18/04||North Carolina A&T|
|10/02/04||@North Carolina State|
Defensive Overview: Wake Forest will introduce a new scheme in 2004. After running the 3-3-5 in prior years, Coach Grobe and his staff will utilize the four-three this season. The new scheme will take some adjusting but should help make things easier on the players as well. Eight starters return this season including cornerback Eric King, a potential All-ACC performer. Linebackers Brad White and Jon Abbate are also expected to have big years for the Deacs.
Special Teams Overview: Returning kicks in 2004 is speedster Willie Idlette, one of the ACC's most electric athletes. Punter Ryan Plackemeier led the ACC in punting with 45.6 yards-per-punt in 2004 and returns this season.
The Deacons will have a good season if... the offensive line can gel and replace three starters from the line a year ago. Look for a great offensive year if this happens as Wake Forest's top skill players are all back. If the defense can stay healthy and adjust to the new scheme successfully, Wake Forest could have a very good season defensively in 2004 as well. The non-conference slate has three winnable games for the Demon Deacons -- East Carolina, Boston College, and North Carolina A&T, but the ACC schedule is tougher, however, with Miami and Virginia Tech added to the schedule in addition to ACC foe Florida State.
|TheInsiders.com 2004 College Football Preview|
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