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Bob Hebert > Deacs 42 Maryland 32 >  G Bechtel punt coverage hit

Photo by Bob Hebert - Long snapper Greg Bechtel did this twice on punt coverage

Happy Monday.  There is certainly a positive outlook surrounding the football program right now.  The Deacs played about the best they could play in the first half on both sides of the ball against Maryland.   Anyone that has been around the Wake football team knew how the second half was going to play out, although the defense was a bit disappointing near the end.  I was unsure whether I should go to Death Valley before Saturday, but I will obviously be in attendance now.  Onto the links....

Deacs 42 Maryland 32 - Photos by Bob Hebert
Great game photos as always from Bob

"We talk to our players a lot about not getting too high or too low," Grobe explains. "When bad things happen out on the field you usually find out it's not as bad as you thought. The same thing is true when good things happen. You have to remember during the course of the game when you have big plays, unless they're game-enders, you get too emotional and you find out that the game isn't over."

Headlines: Who (Really) Is The Team To Beat In The Atlantic Division? - BC Interruption

Rookie Watch: James Johnson’s Wrecking Shop | Dime Magazine
James Johnson (Bulls): Not a lot of people talked about Johnson coming into the preseason, but you can bet they are probably talking about him now. The 6-9 forward out of Wake Forest has been an absolute beast in his first two games averaging 16 points and 7.5 boards per game, while getting to the line and average of 8.5 times per contest. In the exhibition game against the Jazz in London, Johnson sank a game-winning, fade-away shot at the buzzer.

ACC announces Players of the Week - ACC - ESPN
DEFENSIVE LINEMAN: John Russell, Wake Forest, DT, Sr., 6-4, 280, Jacksonville, Fla. (The Bolles School) Wake Forest senior defensive tackle John Russell matched his career-high with six tackles and recorded two sacks for losses totaling 15 yards in a 42-32 win over visiting Maryland. Russell also helped anchor a defensive front that limited Maryland to just 62 rushing yards—a season-low for Demon Deacon opponents. In addition, Russell had a nine-yard sack late in the second quarter during a Maryland drive that crossed midfield. His second sack came on a fourth down-and-five when he dropped Maryland quarterback Chris Turner for a six-yard loss.

Wake Forest-North Carolina Battle to 2-2 Tie - WAKE FOREST OFFICIAL ATHLETIC SITE
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Sam Redmond tallied a goal and assist, while Andy Lubahn added the game-tying goal with nine minutes remaining in the game as No. 6 Wake Forest and No. 2 North Carolina played to a 2-2 tie on Friday night in front of 3,661 fans at Spry Stadium.

ACC not saving best for last this year - ACC - ESPN
Unlike the Coastal Division, which boasts some true parity at the top, the Atlantic Division is simply muddled in mediocrity. Everyone has at least two losses already and only one team -- Wake Forest -- won this past weekend. In the Coastal Division, however, every team won on Saturday -- including Duke. I’m not sure that’s ever happened before. While the Blue Devils and Virginia have been making progress each of the past few weeks, teams like Boston College, NC State and Florida State seemed to have taken steps back.

Clemson's perseverance to be tested - Sports - The State

ACC Now - Bowl obstacles for in-state teams | blogs
All five in-state teams entered the season with big bowl hopes, in some cases bigger than others, but on Columbus Day only Wake Forest looks like slam-dunk for college football's bloated postseason.

ACC power rankings: Week 7 - College Football Nation - ESPN
4. Wake Forest (4-2, 2-1; LW: No. 5) -- The Deacs are suddenly the frontrunners in the Atlantic Division, and the reason for it is because the offense is much better than it was a year ago. The entire team, including a young defense, has rallied around veteran quarterback Riley Skinner.

Stats breakdown: Maryland-Wake Forest - D1SCOURSE - Washington Times
Wake Forest had 234 yards on seven plays in the first half.