Wake Forest is in the middle of a preseason to forget.
A stomach bug took down half the team during the first week of practice. Multiple players have been sidelined with nagging injuries. And then the worst news of all -- receiver Jared Crump injured his knee earlier this week, leaving his status for the start of the season in series doubt.
Coach Dave Clawson said Crump still had to undergo further evaluation, but he was "not optimistic" about the prognosis. “We’re concerned about it," Clawson said, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. "You hope for the best, but we’re not overly optimistic about what (the MRI) will show."
Crump's injury is just the latest in a string of bad luck for a young Wake Forest team eager to improve from a 3-9 season a year ago. More than a dozen players sat out the team's first scrimmage last week. Starting defensive tackle Tylor Harris, a potential All-ACC candidate, might not be ready for the season opener after undergoing offseason foot surgery. Fellow starting defensive tackle Josh Banks has also been dealing with a foot injury, though Clawson expects him back soon.
Clawson has tried to look at the bright side, noting the increased opportunity to gain reps for more players. And only a few injuries are serious. Still, no coach wants to be this banged-up before the season gets underway. Especially with a team still learning how to win.