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Tanner Price earns starting job for Deacs

It's a rare occasion when Wake Forest coach Jim Grobe plays a true freshman, let alone decides to start one, but Tanner Price will have that opportunity on Saturday at Stanford.

Part of this has to do with the fact that starter Ted Stachitas injured his left hand against Duke, but the bottom line is that Price earned it. This shouldn't come as much of a surprise, considering how his teammates raved about him this summer, but it's one thing to account for four touchdowns at home against Duke, and another to travel across the country and do it against a ranked opponent.

It will be a challenge for Price to continue to pad the stats at Stanford, which just shut out UCLA in a 35-0 road win. The Cardinal is ranked No. 7 in the nation in total defense and No. 10 in scoring defense.

Wake's offense, though, hasn't been the problem. In fact, after two games, the Demon Deacons are third in the country in scoring offense, averaging 53.5 points per game. Wake is fourth in the country in rushing offense at 322 yards per game. And the Deacs are No. 1 in the country in sacks allowed with zero.

Riley who?

Granted, Wake has racked up those numbers against a dreadful Presbyterian team and a struggling Duke defense, but it's still a great start for a program that just graduated the winningest quarterback in school history.