Scouting the ACC: Wake Forest
Chris Barclay is a slippery running back with the ability to bounce around piles or defenders and the speed to get outside around tackle. Not picking up much shortage off initial contact, Barclay potentially sits as a situational back in the NFL.
On defense, sophomore linebacker Jonathan Abbate is an intelligent, intense run stuffer with a great head for the game. Quickly diagnosing plays, Abbate is terrific in the box and effectively defends the pass in zone coverage. If there is one Wake Forest senior who gets selected next April it could be punter Ryan Plackemeier. Possessing a solid leg, Plackemeier's average hovers around 45-yards per punt three years running. A good combine could push him into the late rounds.