Midseason report: Wake Forest

Wake Forest Demon Deacons

Record: 2-4 (1-2 ACC)

It wasn’t replacing the winningest quarterback in school history that has been the problem for the Deacs, it was keeping all four of those replacements healthy. True freshman Tanner Price has proven capable of taking over for Riley Skinner, but he suffered a concussion against Florida State, and backups Ted Stachitas and Brendan Cross were also injured, leaving the offense in the hands of Skylar Jones against Georgia Tech. The young defense has struggled to stop the run, is ranked last in the ACC in total defense, and has allowed 36.8 points per game. When the defense showed measurable improvement against Florida State, the offense came up empty. Since opening the season with back-to-back wins over unheralded Presbyterian and Duke, Wake has since lost four straight, putting their bowl hopes in serious jeopardy.

Offensive MVP: Quarterback Tanner Price. The true freshman is as good as advertised. He leads the team in total offense with 158.8 yards per game and has only started three games. He has the best completion percentage of the quarterbacks (58.7) and set a school record for pass completions by a true freshman (19). He has also accounted for three rushing touchdowns and his four passing touchdowns are the most in school history by a true freshman quarterback.

Defensive MVP: Kyle Wilber. He was sidelined with a broken leg for seven games last year and has returned with fervor. He’s tied for the conference lead in sacks with five and he leads the ACC and the country in tackles for loss with 12.5. He is also tied for second in the ACC with three forced fumbles, and made a career-high 11 tackles and two sacks at Florida State. He had three tackles for loss at Stanford.