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Thursday, August 12, 2010
Russell Nenon's return key for Wake Forest

By Heather Dinich
ESPN.com

Wake Forest's offensive line is one of the program's biggest question marks this year, but the group will only be better with the return of center Russell Nenon, who missed spring practices after having shoulder surgery in the offseason.

Nenon has since returned and has given the line a boost of leadership and experience during camp.

“I feel great at this point in preseason,” Nenon said, according to the team's practice report. “Our trainers did a great job in my rehab. The guys are doing a great job of helping me out with the new stuff. Coach Lobo [Steed Lobotzke] is being patient with me and I'm just trying to do my best.”

Nenon enters the 2010 season with 25 straight starts on the offensive line. Coach Jim Grobe said the play of Nenon and the entire offensive line will go a long ways in determining how successful the Demon Deacons are this year.

“Russ was our most consistent offensive lineman a year ago, so if there was anyone on the team that could miss spring practice and be OK, it would be Russ,” Grobe said. “If you watched him the first few practices this August, you’d never know he’d miss spring ball. He’s right where we want him to be. He’s the leader of the offensive line. We need him to play really well.

"When you have some young offensive linemen that you’re working in, one of the issues that you have is the older guys have to really play well so you don’t have to worry about them. We’re hoping that Russ, Joe Looney and Doug Weaver will be guys that we don’t have to do much with. If we can plug those other guys in and focus on them, that’s where we could be OK in the offensive line.”