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Midseason report: Wake Forest

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WAKE FOREST

Record: 3-3, 1-3

Injuries have taken a major toll on the Deacs, who are coming off their bye with losses in three of their past four games. Nothing has seemed to go right since their come-from-behind win over North Carolina. The following week, Wake lost 54-0 to the Seminoles. Its only win in this recent span was in a shootout over Army. The Deacs also had their 12-game winning streak over Duke snapped, 34-27, and followed that loss with another one to Maryland, a game that the Deacs were forced to play without starting receiver Michael Campanaro (hand) and six suspended players (four of them starters).

In the week since that game, coach Jim Grobe has announced the indefinite suspension of two others, safety Duran Lowe and offensive tackle Devin Bolling, both backups. On-the-field play has definitely not made headlines this season because of all these outside forces. In addition to Campanaro, Wake Forest has seen key players like Nikita Whitlock, offensive tackle Steven Chase and cornerback Merrill "Bud" Noel miss time because of injuries. The offensive line has been hit particularly hard because of injuries -- Chase is playing with a torn ACL and Antonio Ford is out for the season.

The Deacs rank in the bottom half of the country in total offense (102) and total defense (83) and have simply been too inconsistent to win games. There are talented players on this roster, and Wake Forest should get healthier as the year goes on. Campanaro is expected back in the next few weeks. There are winnable games remaining, but there is no question Grobe is going to need to find a way to get the ship headed in the right direction.

Offensive MVP: WR Michael Campanaro. When Campanaro got hurt against Duke, he was one of the best receivers in the ACC, leading the league with 38 catches while ranking second in the country in receptions. He had nine or more catches in four of five full games he played in this season, leading the team with 429 yards and three touchdowns.

Defensive MVP: OLB Justin Jackson. Jackson has been the most consistent player on defense, leading the team with 47 tackles, four tackles for loss and three sacks. He also has forced a fumble and blocked an extra-point attempt.
Wake Forest backup safety Duran Lowe and reserve offensive tackle Devin Bolling have been suspended indefinitely for a violation of athletic department policy, the school announced on Saturday. Six other players -- including four starters -- were suspended for last week's game against Maryland. Coach Jim Grobe could not be immediately reached for comment.

Lowe has 28 tackles this season and one fumble recovery.

Last week, the Deacs suspended cornerback Merrill Noel, safety Daniel Mack, linebacker Mike Olson, guard Frank Souza, running back Deandre Martin and receiver Airyn Willis, but announced they will be eligible to be reinstated for the next game at Virginia on Oct. 20. The Deacs have a bye this week.
A look back at the ACC's weekend scrimmages, according to each team's practice reports:

BOSTON COLLEGE

The Eagles had their third scrimmage of summer camp on Sunday evening at Alumni Stadium.

Offensive highlights:
  • Quarterback Chase Rettig completed 11 of 22 passes for 180 yards, one touchdown and one interception.
  • Rettig’s touchdown was a 44-yard pass to wide receiver Alex Amidon. Amidon finished with three receptions for a scrimmage-high 91 yards.
  • Tailback Rolandan Finch carried the ball 13 times for 44 yards while Andre Williams recorded seven rushes for 42 yards, including an 18-yard gain in the scrimmage’s opening series. Tahj Kimble rushed five times for 13 yards. Williams participation was cut short after seven carries because of an ankle injury.
  • Receiver Colin Larmond, Jr. had three receptions for 48 yards, and sophomore Bobby Swigert caught three passes for 22 yards.
Defensive highlights:
  • Linebacker Nick Clancy highlighted the team’s defensive effort, recording five tackles -- including four tackles for loss -- and one pass break-up.
  • Linebacker Andre Lawrence also had five tackles while sophomore defensive back C.J. Jones recorded four. Junior end Max Holloway had two sacks and linebackers Luke Kuechly, Jake Sinkovec and Will Thompson all finished the scrimmage with three tackles apiece.
Special teams highlights:
  • Sophomore kickers Nate Freese connected on a 52-yard field goal attempt. Freese also connected from 27 yards while his opening attempt of the scrimmage (from 39 yards) missed.
CLEMSON

The Tigers had a 75-play scrimmage on Saturday morning.

Offensive highlights:
  • Quarterback Tajh Boyd completed 8-of-14 passes for 108 yards and a touchdown, a 19-yard pass to redshirt freshman tight end Sam Cooper. Boyd had one interception, his first of the August scrimmages in Memorial Stadium.
  • Backup quarterback Cole Stoudt, who played against the first-team defense the entire day, was 4-of-12 for 57 yards. He threw a 13-yard touchdown pass to Brandon Ford. It was the third straight scrimmage that Ford caught a touchdown pass.
  • D.J. Howard was the top rusher in the scrimmage, carrying eight times for 53 yards, and Andre Ellington finished with 37 yards on four attempts. He did not play after the opening drive.
  • Fifteen different players caught at least one pass and no one caught more than two. Dwayne Allen and DeAndre Hopkins both had two catches for 29 yards. Will Harrison had the longest catch of the day, a 31-yard reception from Tony McNeal.
Defensive highlights:
  • The first-team defense allowed just one touchdown, and that came in an overtime simulation.
  • Andre Branch had four tackles, including three tackles for loss, and a sack. Defensive end Mallicah Goodman added two sacks.
  • Tig Willard and Kantrell Brown had interceptions, and Cortez Davis caused a fumble.
Special teams highlights:
  • Sophomore kicker Chandler Catanzaro was 6-for-6 kicking field goals and extra points.
Notable:
  • Sammy Watkins missed the scrimmage with a hip injury. He is expected to return to practice on Monday. Brandon Thompson and Mike Bellamy also missed the scrimmage with minor injuries and are expected to return on Monday. Running back Demont Buice missed the scrimmage with a foot injury. Starting offensive guard Antoine McClain missed the scrimmage because of a death in his family and Bryce McNeal was out with the flu.
DUKE

The Blue Devils held a 100-snap scrimmage on Friday night at Wallace Wade Stadium.

Offensive highlights:
  • Running back Josh Snead carried the ball seven times for 45 yards with a 13-yard touchdown run and a 13-yard touchdown reception. Juwan Thompson led the team with 71 yards on five carries, including a 47-yard touchdown run. Junior Desmond Scott added 35 yards on five attempts.
  • Sean Renfree completed 16-of-25 throws for 155 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. After making just one of his first five attempts, Renfree reeled off 11 consecutive completions, including the 13-yard touchdown toss to Snead and a 15-yard touchdown pass to sophomore wideout Brandon Braxton.
  • Receiver Conner Vernon had three receptions for a scrimmage-best 51 yards with all three catches producing first downs.
Defensive highlights:
  • Redshirt freshman defensive end Dezmond Johnson returned an interception 64 yards for a touchdown.
  • Linebacker Kyler Brown recovered a fumble.
Special teams highlights:
  • Redshirt senior kicker Will Snyderwine made three field goals covering 26, 37 and 47 yards.
GEORGIA TECH

Offensive highlights:
  • The Yellow Jackets scored three touchdowns on rushing attempts by three different quarterbacks. Tevin Washington directed the first-team offense and his scoring play -- a 36-yard scamper after faking the pitch -- was one of the offensive highlights of the day. Redshirt freshman quarterback Synjyn Days also scored a touchdown on an eight-yard run and true freshman Vad Lee plunged in the end zone from the 1-yard line.
Defensive highlights:
  • Sophomore Isaiah Johnson intercepted a Vad Lee pass. Senior outside linebacker Steven Sylvester forced and recovered fumbles. Linebacker Malcolm Munroe also had a fumble recovery and linebacker B.J. Machen recorded a sack.
Notable:
  • Paul Johnson indicated that David Sims, a converted quarterback, has played himself into contention to start at B-Back.
  • Sophomore B.J. Bostic is out for four weeks with an undisclosed injury.
  • Saturday was Paul Johnson's birthday. Just before the team broke its final huddle of camp, the Yellow Jacket players sang "Happy Birthday" to the head coach.
WAKE FOREST

The Deacs held a 90-minute scrimmage on Friday morning at BB&T Field.

Offensive highlights:
  • Joshua Harris scored on a 96-yard run and had 112 yards rushing on just nine carries.
  • Quarterback Tanner Price completed 18 of 26 passes and threw one touchdown, hitting Danny Dembry on a 21-yard score.
  • Wake Forest’s first offensive line did not allow a sack on Friday.
Defensive highlights:
  • Three of the first four offensive possessions ended with punts after three plays. The offense managed just one first down on its first eight possessions.
  • The defense did accumulate four sacks but none against the first team. Derricus Ellis had a pair of sacks and Zachary Allen and Kris Redding each contributed one sack.
  • Linebacker Justin Jackson led all defenders with 10 tackles. Defensive backs Jason Green, A.J. Marshall and Duran Lowe all had six tackles apiece.
Special teams highlights:
  • Jimmy Newman made all four of his field goal attempts during the scrimmage and three extra points. Freshman Chad Hedlund was successful on four PATs.
Moving on to the safeties …

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1. Miami: Vaughn Telemaque and Ray-Ray Armstrong return, but JoJo Nicolas moved to corner. Even though Armstrong wasn’t a starter last year, he still ranked third on the team with 79 tackles and tied for the team lead with three interceptions.

2. Florida State: The Seminoles return both starters in Nick Moody and Terrance Parks. Moody had 79 tackles last season and Parks had 44 and six deflections. The group was strengthened with the addition of Lamarcus Joyner, who moved from cornerback and proved this spring he’s capable of being a safety.

3. NC State: The Wolfpack has two of the best in Earl Wolff, the team’s leading tackler last season with 95, and Brandan Bishop, who had 56 tackles and a team-high four interceptions. Dontae Johnson (22 tackles), also returns.

4. Virginia Tech: Eddie Whitley is the lone returning starter, but he should be one of the best in the ACC. Antone Exum, who was the No. 2 free safety last season, moved to rover this spring. He played in every game last season and had five starts when Tech went to its nickel defense.

5. Virginia: The Cavaliers return veteran starters in Rodney McLeod and Corey Mosley, who have combined for 41 career starts. Mosley had 52 tackles and two interceptions last season, and McLeod had 54 tackles and four pass breakups. Safety Dom Joseph (34 tackles) also returns.

6. Duke: The Blue Devils return both starters in Matt Daniels and Lee Butler. Daniels, a senior, has started 25 career games and is one of the top returning tacklers in the ACC. Butler had 58 tackles and nine passes defended last season.

7. Boston College: The Eagles return juniors Jim Noel, who had four interceptions in eight starts, and Okechukwu Okoroha, who started the final six games last fall. Noel, Okoroha, and Dominick LeGrande combined for 90 tackles last season.

8. Wake Forest: Both starters return in Daniel Mack and Cyhl Quarles. Mack had 45 tackles and two interceptions last season. Duran Lowe (30 tackles) could unseat Quarles, who is Wake’s leading returning tackler with 71 hits. Redshirt freshman Desmond Cooper is also competing for playing time.

9. Clemson: Rashard Hall has 19 career starts and made 62 tackles and two interceptions last season. Safety Jonathan Meeks (28 tackles, one start) also returns, along with Carlton Lewis.

10. Maryland: Just as Kenny Tate’s move to linebacker bumped the Terps up in the ranking in that category, his departure from safety drops them a few notches as they now don’t have any returning starters there. They do, however, have experience. Eric Franklin played in 11 games, with 23 tackles and three interceptions (tied for second on the team). Matt Robinson played in all 13 games and posted 29 tackles and forced a pair of fumbles. The Terps have plenty of depth with Austin Walker, Titus Till, Anthony Green and Desmond Haynes.

11. North Carolina: Matt Merletti had five starts and Jonathan Smith, who lettered in 2008 and 2009 but missed all of last season, are the projected starters. They will be pushed by junior Gene Robinson (four starts, 30 tackles, one interception) for playing time.

12. Georgia Tech: The Jackets had to replace both of their safeties in Mario Edwards and Jerrard Tarrant. Safety Fred Holton (11 tackles) and Isaiah Johnson (46 tackles, one interception) are the two most likely front-runners to start this fall.

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