Deacon Dump 11/12: Signing day notes, FSU previews

I am very happy with the amount of links we've been able to collect the last few days. It always makes me a bit giddy to see Wake in the news this much. I'll be heading down to The Dash on Friday, but before then, keep an eye out for our Q&A with Tomahawk Nation, as well as a new feature we are hoping to try out this week. Enjoy!

Veterans Day: Grobe Recounts Trip to Middle East - WAKE FOREST OFFICIAL ATHLETIC SITE
"The trip itself was pretty demanding, we did a lot of travel," said Grobe upon his return. "We flew military aircraft everywhere we went. It was good for us because we got to experience what our service men and women do in their traveling. We flew on KC-135s, we flew on C-17s, C-130s. We had an opportunity to have a lot of different experiences. We went to lots of bases, a lot of different hospitals where we visited wounded soldiers. It gave us the chance to feel really good about our men and women in service, the sacrifice that they're making.

Top 25 college basketball recruiting classes - MaxPreps News
9. Wake Forest Top 100: No. 41 J.T. Terrell (6-2, 175, G), No. 74 Carson Desrosiers (6-9, 210, F), No. 76 Tony Chennault (6-2, 175, G) Supporting Cast: Travis McKie (6-6, 180, W), Melvin Tabb (6-8, 210, F) Analysis: Dino Gaudio has a bit of everything with this group.

Hoopinion: David Thorpe on Jeff Teague
In a loaded point guard class, there might be not be a quicker and more dynamic driver than Teague. But, and this is a big but, he needs to learn how to read where the help action is coming from before he starts his drive. A recent game against the Nuggets taught him that lesson, as he finished 1-for-9 with most of his misses coming on shots in the paint after strong dribble-drives. A floater, teardrop or simple pull-up jumper would serve Teague well here, because he's next to impossible to stay in front of.

My Take on Wake - No Experiments in Mr. Grobe’s Class | JournalNow.com
"I thought I’d died and gone to heaven when I was coaching high school football and I was making a little less than $9,000 a year as a head coach and an Earth Science teacher that had five Earth Science classes a day,‘’ Grobe said. "I thought I’d hit the lottery.‘’

Demon Deacons tire of same old results | tire, results, align - ACC Football - Burlington Times News
"Our guys are beyond pats on the back," coach Jim Grobe said. "Having people pat you on the back for playing good teams close doesn’t cut it much any more."

Bad luck binds both FSU and Wake Forest this season. -- OrlandoSentinel.com
"They're like us in a lot of ways," FSU Coach Bobby Bowden said on Wednesday. "Could have won every game they've played. They're the same way."

Resiliency Needed: Injuries have not been able to keep Griffin off the field
Griffin, a senior offensive lineman from Jacksonville, will play his 51st college game in Saturday's pivotal showdown with Florida State on Seniors' Day at BB&T Field. He'll share the distinction of veterans' veteran with defensive tackle Boo Robinson and linebacker Dominique Midgett, both of whom will also be playing in their 51st game. Nobody in the 107 seasons football has been played at Wake Forest has played in more. The record of 51 is currently held by four seniors from last season -- Aaron Curry, Alphonso Smith, Stanley Arnoux and Chip Vaughn -- all of whom were drafted in the first four rounds of last June's NFL Draft.

Gainesville's Carnes signs with Wake | AccessNorthGa
Gainesville High girls basketball star Jaymee Carnes realized a lifelong dream on Wednesday when she signed a letter of intent to play for Wake Forest. The senior wing/post picked the Demon Deacons over Virginia Tech.

Will Clemson Have a Letdown? That and Other ACC Predictions for Nov. 14 | Bleacher Report
The numbers tell me FSU will make this game very close, but those stats are based off a Ponder led offense. I will take Wake to win and cover the five points.

Florida State (4-5) at Wake Forest (4-6) - FSU - MiamiHerald.com
Wake's losing skid will come to an end this weekend. Expect a big effort from Skinner, who will make the type of decisions expected from a senior quarterback. Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Wake Forest 31, Florida State 23

Bracketology - ESPN
It is never too early for March Madness

John Marshall's Travis McKie is officially a Demon Deacon (Great video highlights)
"You're going to see a big change in me this year." What Wake Forest supporters want to know is what they will get in the 2010-11 season and beyond. "I'm going to try to come in and contribute in any way I can to help the team get better," McKie said. "Hopefully get to that Final Four, hopefully win a national championship."

Wake Forest basketball capsule : News-Record.com : Greensboro & the Triad's most trusted source for local news and analysis
Projection: The Demon Deacons lost their two leading scorers, underclassmen James Johnson and Jeff Teague, to the NBA draft. And yet, a lot of talent remains with a pretty darn good blend of experience and youth. If a 3-point shooter emerges to complement the big men, and Wake commits to playing hard on defense, the Deacs could win 20-plus regular-season games, contend for the ACC title and have a legitimate shot at a Sweet Sixteen or Elite Eight run in March.

State still looking for its point guard
Georgia State, which finished 12-20 last season, has some faces that will be familiar to ACC fans. Senior guard Shamaine "Joe" Dukes is a Wake Forest transfer who led the Panthers in scoring at 12.8 points and 4.3 assists a game last season.

Resiliency Needed
"It tells you how tough the guy is," Grobe said. "He's tough as a pine knot. He's played through a lot of injuries. His knee has really been bothering him for a couple of years now. And he just plays through it. "When he was younger I think he used to worry about it. As he's gotten older he doesn't even think about it. He knows after every game he's going to be beat up pretty good and he just accepts it. He keeps coming back every Monday with his lunch pall ready to go to work. "He's been special. We're going to really miss that guy."

Deacons blank Tigers in ACC soccer tourney opener
Freshman Andy Lubahn scored two goals to help Wake Forest defeat Clemson 3-0 yesterday in a quarterfinal game of the ACC soccer tournament at Cary's WakeMed Soccer Park.

STRAINING: Deacs try to stay above water
"Our backs keep getting put closer and closer against the wall," Skinner said. "Now, our backs are literally touching the wall. Surprisingly enough, in the last couple of years we have lost some tough games, and I think our team's really had a hard time bouncing back sometimes. It sounds odd to say we've bounced back really well when we've lost the last four games, but we really have in terms of the way we've practiced, the way we've prepared and the way we've come out and played on Saturday."

Wake defense proves problematic for FSU QBs | Tallahassee Democrat
"They do a lot of lateral movement," he said. "Instead of stunting one gap, they might stunt two gaps. … They really play it as a team. Those linebackers know where to fill. They are hard to fool." That approach, Fisher said, puts a lot of pressure on opposing offenses to show patience and keep attacking the field. "They make you make plays," Fisher said. "And they don’t give up the big play. When you do pop one, they are usually in zone coverage and they converge and do a good job making the tackle. They make you execute. When you get a chance to hit one, you have to make it count."

Wake Forest has owned Seminoles as of late -- OrlandoSentinel.com
"Very seldom do I see a defense that plays like they do," head coach Bobby Bowden said of Wake's three-man front. "It's not a drastic thing, but you better know what you're doing against them."

Orlando Sentinel - A Q-and-A with EJ Manuel: Part II by Andrew Carter
A continuation of the Q-and-A between Florida State quarterback EJ Manuel and members of the media. You read the first part yesterday.Here’s the rest:

Hawks still seeking some consistency - Sports - The Olympian - Olympia, Washington
Rookie Aaron Curry has been impressive at times, making explosive plays, but he’s also shown some growing pains. He has 44 tackles, along with two sacks and two forced fumbles.

Top NFL Rookies From WhatIfSports.com
#7. Aaron Curry, LB, Seattle Seahawks Curry has been a monster and a huge weapon for a Seahawks defense that has been banged up all year. He already has two sacks and two forced fumbles. Playing along side Lofa Tatupa helped for a while, but now with Tatupa out and Seattle struggling, Curry will have even more pressure on him the second half of the year. Projected Final Stats: 86 total tackles, 4 sacks

Fox Sports > goodmanonfox > ACC HARD TO PREDICT; 10 THOUGHTS FROM WAKE

Sophomore Aminu to carry the load for Deacs : News-Record.com : Greensboro & the Triad's most trusted source for local news and analysis
"We didn't go that far in the tournament," Aminu said. "Growing up, you always have dreams of going to the Final Four and maybe winning a national championship. So it really left a sour taste in my mouth when we got knocked out in the first round. Plus, it's important to my mom and dad that I get a degree. If you only stay one year, that makes it tough to come back and get your degree. So the more schooling I get, the better off I am."

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