Wake's McManus named No. 2 quarterback

May, 12, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

AMELIA ISLAND, Fla. -- Wake Forest backup quarterback Ryan McManus, once a walk-on holder, has earned a scholarship and finished the spring as the solid No. 2 quarterback, coach Jim Grobe said.

McManus had been a scout team quarterback and traveled with the Deacs as a distant quarterback and holder. He's also the back-up long snapper.

"He ended spring practice as the No. 2 quarterback," Grobe said. "There wasn't any question about it. He's a heady guy, he's a tough guy, he's a leader, all those kind of things. And he started throwing the ball pretty good. He had a couple of bad throws this spring, but overall I think we were pretty impressed by the way he led the offense. He's got a much stronger arm right now."

He's also got a legacy to uphold. McManus' father, Jerry, played (1975-76) and coached (1986-95) football at Wake Forest. His sister, Kelly, attended Wake Forest, and his uncle, Danny, played at Florida State and the Canadian Football League.

His promotion doesn't rule out the possibility of two others eventually succeeding Riley Skinner. Skylar Jones and Ted Stachitas are also making progress.

Jones, a highly touted quarterback from Ohio, is an impressive athlete who also tried his hand at receiver last year. He lost some ground as a quarterback, though, and Grobe doesn't want that to happen again, so Jones will keep his focus with the quarterbacks.

Stachitas has been limited because he had two surgeries on his shoulder, and this spring was the first time his throwing could really be evaluated after a year off.

"He was really rusty," Grobe said. "I think he'll improve as he continues to gain strength and confidence. Part of it was confidence because I think he had some soreness when he really let it go. "

One other rather unfortunate note from the Deacs: After going four years at Wake Forest without ever missing a practice or a game, Stanley Arnoux tore his ACL in minicamp with the Saints. His former coaches expect him to attack his rehab and make a full recovery.

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