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Wake Forest position battles

July, 25, 2008
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Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

Well, this is it -- the last of the position battles to watch. When one of your most pressing needs is a long snapper, the future is bright.  Wake Forest lost nine starters, but has experience returning, which is why this one is more like a look at who the new faces will be in Winston-Salem. Except, of course, for that long-snapper job. It's open.

CENTER -- Filling the shoes of Steve Justice won't be easy, but coach Jim Grobe liked what he saw this spring from Trey Bailey. As backup to Justice last year, Bailey got a season-high 10 snaps against Clemson and played in seven games.

RECEIVER -- Somebody needs to replace Kenny Moore, who set an ACC record with 98 receptions last year. Chip Brinkman started each of the final nine regular season games and finished fourth on the team in receptions and receiving yards. D.J. Boldin played in all 13 games and finished with 11 catches for 127 yards.

OFFENSIVE TACKLE -- Both Louis Frazier and Matt Brim are gone. Joe Birdsong started six of the first nine games at right tackle and missed the final three with an ankle injury. Jeff Griffin started five games at right tackle and played extensively in every game.

TIGHT END -- Ben Wooster made a name for himself this spring, which is good, because the Demon Deacons graduated both John Tereshinski and Zac Selmon. Wooster played in every game last year and started in the win over Connecticut in the Meineke Car Care Bowl.

LONG SNAPPER -- Four-year starter Nick Jarvis, who was selected to both the Hula Bowl and East-West Shrine game, is gone. Ryan McManus, the Deacs' No. 3 quarterback and a walk-on, was on the punt coverage team last year, was the long snapper this spring and was also the holder last year. He's actually listed as both the holder and long snapper (which would indeed be a neat trick). McManus' dad played at Wake, was an assistant coach and is now an assistant at Kent State, so football is in his genes, but Russell Nenon can also long snap.

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