The disappointment of a fifth straight losing season was enough to prompt the resignation of longtime coach Jim Grobe following a 4-8 overall finish and 2-6 league record. In spite of returning one of the nation’s top receivers, a veteran quarterback, and a much-improved defense, the Deacs fell well below expectations and lost their final five games of the regular season. Wake Forest finished 113th or worse nationally in four of the five main offensive stat categories, and it only worsened after receiver Michael Campanaro broke his collarbone at Syracuse on Nov. 2. It was the fourth time in five years the Deacs missed out on a bowl game.
Offensive MVP: WR Michael Campanaro: He set the school record for career receptions with 229 and finished his career with 2,506 receiving yards, the third most in school history. He finished his career with seven 100-yard receiving games and led all receivers in receptions per game in ACC contests with 7.83. He ranked fifth in receiving yardage per game in ACC contests at 89.2 yards.
Defensive MVP: NG Nikita Whitlock: He finished second in the voting for ACC Defensive Player of the Year. Whitlock finished his career second in school history in tackles for loss with 49 and fourth in career sacks with 18.5. His nine sacks as a senior tied for the fifth most in a season. His 19 tackles for loss in 2013 marked the fourth-highest total by a Deacon in a season.
Best moment: Wake Forest 28, NC State 13: Despite its struggles, Wake Forest was still good enough to take advantage of the holes in Dave Doeren’s first roster and beat the Wolfpack for the sixth straight time in Winston-Salem. NC State lost for the eighth time in nine games at Wake, dating to 1997.
Worst moment: Campanaro’s injury. He broke his collarbone in the first quarter of a 13-0 loss at Syracuse and missed the final three games of the season. This was a huge loss not only for the program but also for the ACC, as Campanaro was one of the nation’s best receivers. Wake Forest didn’t score an offensive touchdown for the next 10 quarters following that injury.