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Deacon Dump 10/7: Football injuries, soccer victory and James Johnson's big day

Today's links reveal that Wooster, Ford, Harris will not play this week against Maryland, but thankfully Chris DeGeare and Michael Williams will be ready to go.  Also we learned yesterday that soccer star Ike Opara will be back in action for the Deacs this Friday as they take the field against North Carolina in Spry Stadium.  He missed several games while playing for the USA U-20 team and the team definitely had some struggles without him.  Onto the links...


Schilawski is making a name for himself on the Wake Forest soccer team THE ZACK ATTACK
"His intangibles are making us so much better, not just his goals," Vidovich said. The Deacons lost twice (to Virginia and UNC Charlotte) in the five games they played without defender Ike Opara, who was with the under-20 national team. Opara should play against North Carolina, but Schilawski said that the young team learned a lot with Opara out. "We've found some depth that maybe we didn't know we had," Schilawski said. "I think it's going to just make us better."

Chicago Bulls' James Johnson thrills teammates with game-winning shot in 102-101 victory --
Later, Johnson emerged from a raucous Bulls locker room -- this was an exhibition game, right? -- sporting a pink Dora the Explorer backpack. Apparently, Brad Miller does rookie hazing as well as Johnson sinks clutch shots. "I don't want to take it off," Johnson said, smiling. "It's good luck."

WFU Basketball Team Taking On Literacy In Honor Of Skip Prosser |

First Look at Maryland-Wake Forest - Testudo Times
A quick look at Maryland's next opponent.

Local: Coming off win, Maryland can't sleep on Wake
“It gives everybody a wake-up call in the ACC. We’re definitely not going to overlook them now,” Demon Deacons cornerback Brandon Ghee said. “Clemson’s a good team. I think them winning helped us more than hurt us, because now we open up (our eyes) and say, ’Oh, OK, this is a real team.”’

Miller helping Deacons' volleyball team recover
Senior Abby Miller (North Davidson '06) has helped Wake Forest's volleyball team bounce back strong from a season-opening 10-game losing streak. Miller, a defensive specialist, had 13 digs Saturday as Wake Forest beat Virginia 3-1 for its sixth consecutive win.

Deacons' passing fills void in offense -
"We did what we needed to do because we weren't having a lot of success running the football," Grobe said Tuesday. "We had to hang it on Riley a little bit. We'd like to be more balanced but the game didn't give us that."

Wake Forest's Frye remains in limbo
Running back Kevin Harris and tight ends Cameron Ford and Ben Wooster are expected to be out for Wake Forest's game against Maryland. Tackle Chris DeGeare and cornerback Michael Williams are expected to be back, and as improbable as it sounds, linebacker Dominique Midgett might be as well. And Alex Frye remains wherever a healthy player is when he's been told he can't practice or play but has yet to be jettisoned from the team for good.

No. 6 Wake Forest Downs UNC Greensboro, 3-0 - WAKE FOREST OFFICIAL ATHLETIC SITE
For the second consecutive game, the Demon Deacons grabbed an early lead as Schilawski made the score 1-0 with a tally in the eighth minute. Wake Forest doubled the lead in the 32nd minute on a goal from Austin da Luz. Bone closed out the scoring with a goal in the 82nd minute to make the score 3-0. - Deacs fixing mistakes
"In practice, being focused and going through it every day like every day is game day. I think we've been doing a better job but it's still not up to par. Week in and week out, every week, we've got to try to get a little better."

Wake Forest Wins the Name Battle: Introducing Jello Orange - Testudo Times