NASHVILLE, TN - DECEMBER 30: Coach Jim Grobe of the Wake Forest Demon Deacons talks with field judge Jeff Noggle during play against the Mississippi State Bulldogs at the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl at LP Field on December 30, 2011 in Nashville, Tennessee. Mississippi State won 23-17. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
This weekend was a busy one, with Wake Forest seeing four players selected on day three of the NFL Draft (Chris Givens, Kyle Wilber, Joe Looney and Josh Bush), the baseball team being swept by BC, Jim Grobe shedding some light on the depth chart after spring practices and more.
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RED-HOT KAMERON WILLIAMS PICKING UP INTEREST | NBE Basketball Report
As for which schools are recruiting him the hardest, Williams listed Wake Forest, Miami, Richmond, Drexel, VCU, and Dayton. Williams said that VCU‘s Shaka Smart, Miami‘s Jim Larranaga and Wake Forest‘s Jeff Bzdelik are the three coaches with whom he has developed the strongest relationship. "I’d just say a place that will make me work hard, bring out the best in me, never be content with myself," Williams said of what he is looking for in a school, adding, "Motion offense . . . Run ‘n’ gun."
San Francisco 49ers – Niner Insider Blog – SFGate.com " Fourth round: 49ers trade up for Wake Forest G Looney
Looney (6-3, 309), an all-ACC second-team pick last year as a left guard, met with the 49ers at the NFL combine and had another pre-draft connection to the team: In January, he spent a week working with former 49ers center Jeremy Newberry at Competitive Edge Sports in Atlanta. "He taught me a lot about the West Coast offense," Looney said on a conference call this morning. "… He helped me out a ton."
NFL Draft 2012: Jets select Wake Forest S Josh Bush with sixth-round pick | NJ.com
Despite not being highly rated on analysts' draft boards -- Mel Kiper had Bush as the 87th best safety prospect -- Bush said he's looking forward to the opportunity to showcase his skills. He was not invited to the combine and said the Jets clocked him at 4.49 in the 40-yard dash at his pro day. He visited with the team on April 17.
"Yesterday was a little frustrating and a little humbling at the same time," Givens said of not going on Friday. "I really felt like they liked me a lot and I thought they were going to get me and then they got Brian Quick (to begin Round 2), and then I thought OK, well, they’re not going to get me anymore. Then today I was pleasantly surprised."
Birdball overcame deficits of 2-1 and 3-2 on Sunday to beat Wake Forest 9-5 and complete the three-game sweep. The three wins couldn't have come at a better time as the Eagles jump right back into the ACC Baseball Championship picture. With the series sweep, Boston College improves to 19-26 overall and 9-15 in the ACC. The ACC sweep marked the first for the Eagles since the 2010 season (Wake Forest and N.C. State) and the first for second-year coach Mike Gambino. A nice change of pace.
It's been said that Michael Campanaro be that go-to guy for him, with Chris Givens now gone. Is finding a No. 2 target more pressing right now? Who has stood out in that role for you? JG: Yeah I think so. I don't think there's any question. That's my concern. I think Campanero, you look at Chris last year, but in reality we had two guys -- Camp, he didn't catch as many balls as Chris, but he was close. They were really a 1-2 punch for us last year, so I think Camp, if he stays healthy, is ready for a big big year. So the key for us is we've gotta find some body else. If Camp's the only guy we've got to go to then defense are gonna make it really tough on us. So a guy like Terence Davis, Matt James, Brandon Terry, Sherman Ragland -- somebody in that group's gotta step up and kind of balance things out so that they can't just double-cover Camp and leave those other guys alone.
Chris Givens by the Rams, 96th overall. Givens was a rated a second round talent by a number of teams. He fell because of concerns about his knees and concerns about off field conduct.
4. Wake Forest 2011 record: 6-7, 5-3 Returning starters: Offense (3), Defense (7) Key games: North Carolina (Sept. 8), Clemson (Oct. 25) Rising star: WR Sherman Ragland, Redshirt Fr. Bottom line: Jim Grobe’s team was the surprise of the ACC with a 5-3 conference record, including early wins over Florida State and N.C. State. The Deacons will remain competitive with the return of junior quarterback Tanner Price (3,017 yards, 20 TDs), but there are questions on the offensive line, where four starters need to be replaced. Wake finished 2-5 last year, after a 4-1 start. The Deacs face a strong second half schedule this year, that might be a pattern even a coach like Grobe can’t avoid. Prediction: 6-6, 3-5.
Thirteen Wake Forest football players have been picked in the last five NFL drafts. That might not sound like many to some, but it does to N.C. State, Virginia, Maryland and Boston College. And it really sounds like a lot to Duke. Among ACC programs, Wake Forest is tied with Georgia Tech at No. 6 for most players drafted in the past five years. Florida State, for all its tradition and glory, has had 14.
"I have a tremendous motor, I keep going," he said when asked to list his assets. "I can pass rush and I can also drop in coverage. I like to re-route receivers." And he loves to rush the quarterback. "I just want to destroy the quarterback…sir," Wilber said.