Deacon Dump 9/10: Wake working out the kinks

The Wake Forest Demon Deacons are obviously upset about the loss. That much was clear when Jim Grobe abandoned his normally genial attitude for one in which he flat out said the team blew it. In comes Stanford, coming off a big win and looking to turn things around from last year with Jim Harbaugh in his second year as head coach. This will be a big game to determine where each team is really going. The links represent this today, and here goes... And if you haven't checked out the new SB Nation homepage, please do--they brought on Eamonn Brennan from the Dagger, Spencer Hall from Every Day Should Be Saturday, Andrew Sharp and Chris Mottram from Mr. Irrelevant to be editors and completely redesigned their homepage.

ACC notes: Groh not in favor of strict celebration rules - NCAA Football - CBSSports.com
"I don't think it was over the top for my personal sensitivities," Groh said of both gestures. "Obviously that's not the sensitivities of the rule-makers, so you have to know what the rules are, and the rules say, virtually, there is no room for celebration."

Two ACC teams crack the 'Bottom 10' - ACC - ESPN
Rob Daniels, a longtime ACC reporter based in the Greensboro area, dug up a great note on that this week. It's the first time since at least 1995 that any BCS conference has lost twice to the FCS in a season.

FayObserver.com - Several coaches courting Harris
Harris' rapid rise is nothing short of striking. A year ago at this time, he was barely on anyone's radar as an elite recruit. Now he's ranked 40th among seniors by Scout and 56th by Rivals. His emergence at Trinity Christian has been thanks in part to his standout performances against other elite big men - guys like Flora MacDonald's Luke Cothron and Word of God's C.J. Leslie and Ryan Kelly, the former Ravenscroft star now at Duke. Harris' summer, most notably a trip to the NBAPA Top 100 camp in June, also gave him a confidence boost. "He understands now how good he can be," Vandevender said. "You put that together with his work ethic and his passion for the game, all that has come together now."

Summer Ball: Former Deac Achilles Added to Wake Forest Baseball Staff
Former Wake Forest baseball player Grant Achilles has been added to the Demon Deacon coaching staff as a volunteer assistant, as announced by head coach Tom Walter on Wednesday.

Observations from the 50-yard Line: Skinner, receivers working out kinks
Grobe said he has confidence that Wake Forest's veteran offensive line will protect Skinner better. But the Deacons' inexperienced receivers include redshirt freshman Chris Givens at wideout and sophomore Andrew Parker at tight end. It might take more experience for them to eliminate their mistakes and give their decorated quarterback better targets. "They can be corrected, there's no question about that," Grobe said. "But a couple of these kids are really young receivers."

Pack QB Glennon could see action - CharlotteObserver.com
"I don't know whether he felt too much pressure, thought he had to kind of be the guy Saturday," Grobe said Wednesday during the ACC coaches' teleconference. "But he didn't play his best football, and in several instances. . .we had receivers not run the right routes. Or in some cases, they're all young. So in some cases they weren't quite sure where they needed to be so they weren't getting there as fast as he needed to."

New Orleans Hornets trade Antonio Daniels to T-Wolves for Darius Songaila and Bobby Brown - NOLA.com
Antonio Daniels was traded by the New Orleans Hornets to the Minnesota Timberwolves. The New Orleans Hornets Wednesday traded backup point guard Antonio Daniels and a 2014 second-round draft choice to the Minnesota Timberwolves for Darius Songaila and Bobby Brown. Songaila, a 6 foot 9 forward, and Brown, a 6-2 guard who played with the Hornets' summer league team in 2008, provide more depth for the Hornets.

Wilner: Bigger weekend than it might appear for Bay Area teams - San Jose Mercury News
No local team has more on the line this week than Stanford. A victory at Wake Forest would put the Cardinal in superb position for its first postseason appearance in eight years. At 2-0, Stanford would need to win five of its final 10 games to secure a bowl bid. But the huge supply (68 slots for 120 teams) means that four more victories probably would be enough. The Cardinal figures to be favored in at least that many, including the next two: at home against San Jose State and Washington. So with a win Saturday, Stanford could — and probably should — be 4-0 when UCLA visits Oct. 3.

Pac-10 picks  I Vince Grippi | Spokesman.com | Sep 10, 2009
Stanford at Wake Forest (Wake by 2.5): Let’s see, the Cardinal won by 26 on the road. Wake Forest lost by three at home. Right, Stanford was in Pullman; Wake played Baylor. Now we understand the line. Still, Stanford 24-22.

Scout.com: Stanley Arnoux Profile
The New Orleans Saints have placed fourth-round pick LB Stanley Arnoux on injured reserve, Scout.com has confirmed through a league source. The former Wake Forest University defender signed a four-year deal worth roughly $2.13 million that includes a signing bonus worth just under $472,000. Arnoux suffered a torn Achilles tendon during an OTA workout in May

One Entertainment: 2010 Highlight Player Rankings (Updated 8/11/09)
3. JT Terrell - 6’3"/170 | Burlington Cummings (Burlington, NC) Last year it seemed JT was strictly an outside shooter but this summer he proved us wrong. He started attacking the rim with authority and continued hitting shots. With a shooter as strong as JT defenders have no choice but to play up, which allows a dribble move and drive for dunk... after dunk... after dunk. This video is a highlighthoops exclusive. It can't be found anywhere else but this site and will be appearing in our Vol 1 DVD coming this fall. Enjoy.

College Football Predictions Week 2 | Sports Odds
The Wake Forest Demon Deacons host the Stanford Cardinals Saturday at 12 Noon EST. Wake, coming off a tough loss to Baylor 24-21 against the 1-0 Cardinals who easily beat Washington State 39-13, looks for a rebound win. Great coaching matchup as previous NCAA coach of the year and my linebacker coach Jim Grobe take on NFL star Jim Harbaugh’s Cardinals. The Week 2 College Football Predictions experts at Sportsbook.com have the Wake Forest Demon Deacons -2.5 points against the Stanford Cardinals .

Short stature doesn't deter Deacons' Woodlief
Woodlief made his first start Saturday against Baylor. He played well enough to contribute six tackles -- including a sack -- and force a fumble. But both Woodlief and Lambert said he will play better. "He played pretty well from a mental and schematic standpoint," Lambert said. "He didn't tackle as well as he would like or I would like. "That's the one thing that disappointed us."

For Entertainment Purposes Only- Week 2 Letdowns, Lookaheads, & Overreactions - Tomahawk Nation
Speaking of ACC disappointments, Wake Forest qualifies here as the Deacons lost at home to Baylor. Still, I like playing teams hosting cross-country flyers, so I am going with Stanford @ Wake Forest -3 and Stanford/ Wake Forest Over 43.5. Riley Skinner must play better if Wake is going to be any good, and I expect a 30-24 type game.

Stanford will get up early at Wake Forest - Pac-10 - ESPN
Stanford coach Jim Harbaugh didn't seem terribly excited with his game's noon kickoff, which translates to 9 a.m. PDT. "Seems like that's the new trend in college football: If you're playing a team from the opposite coast, let's see if we can screw them on the time of kickoff," he said. "If it's a West Coast team playing on the East Coast, you play as early as possible and if it's an East Coast team playing on the West Coast, you play as late as possible."

Wake Forest Moves into Top 10 in National Polls
On the strength of six straight wins to start the season, the Wake Forest women's soccer team has jumped into the top 10 in all of the major national women's soccer polls. The Demon Deacons moved up nine spots to eighth in the latest National Soccer Coaches Association of America poll. Wake Forest is ranked 10th by Soccer America, while Top Drawer Soccer places the Deacs at No. 6.

Fitzgerald Named to College Soccer News National Team of the Week
Senior goalkeeper Akira Fitzgerald was named to the College Soccer News National Team of the Week after his performance in the first week of the regular season

PGATOUR.COM - The King turns 80: Images and impact of Arnold Palmer
Sep 09, 2009: Arnold Palmer has spent over 50 years in the public eye, posed for thousands of pictures and authored some of the most memorable moments in golf history. On Sept. 10, 2009, the King turns 80 and, in honor of his big celebration, we've picked 18 of our favorite Palmer pictures and put together a photo timeline of his career. Definitely check this out.

Will Barton and Reggie Bullock lead ESPNU 100 shooting guards - ESPN
Sleeper J.T. Terrell, 6-3, 165 Charlotte, N.C./ West Charlotte College: Wake Forest Terrell is a scoring machine. He can create his shot at will and can score in bunches from behind the arc with NBA range. He has all the tools to be a special scorer and take over games. He must continue to add to his game, but he'll be a great fit for the open-court, spread offensive attack of the Demon Deacons.

Preseason All-Americans for 2009-10 - CBK News - FOX Sports on MSN
Al-Farouq Aminu, Wake Forest: SF, 6-8, 218, Soph. 2008-09 stats: 12.9 ppg, 8.2 rpg Jeff Teague and James Johnson left early for the NBA, so now Aminu becomes the go-to guy. He's versatile and athletic but still needs to become a more consistent perimeter shooter.

Al-Farouq Aminu Named Preseason All-American
Wake Forest sophomore forward Al-Farouq Aminu was selected as a preseason second team All-American by FoxSports.com on Wednesday.

Wake's young LBs prepare for next test: Stanford - San Jose Mercury News
"You could tell there were three new linebackers out there," one of them, Matt Woodlief, said Tuesday. "It wasn't Stanley, it wasn't Aaron Curry, it wasn't Chantz McClintic. ... We did good, but we had a lot of mistakes. We made some bad reads as a unit, and we weren't lined up right a few times."

National Hoops Report: Answering your NHR Mailbag questions
Wake Forest has Damontre Harris and Carson Desrosiers on campus next weekend (Sept 12th). While the Deacs have made the final cut for both players, do you think they can wrap one of them up? Which one do you feel is a better fit for Wake? I think Wake Forest has a legitimate shot to land both players. Both were big-time summer risers and Wake Forest was involved with the two of them prior to the July evaluation period. Harris might make the most sense to commit to the Deacons first. Wake is relatively close to his home (two and a half hours away) and he fits the bill for the type of player that Wake has landed and successfully developed in the past. That being said, Wake has landed and developed guys like Desrosiers quite well in the past, too. Call it a push for which one is the better fit. Both would be well served in Winston-Salem.

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