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Deacon Dump 8/31: Game week!

A ton of links today to get you through the work week as quickly as possible.  Definitely check out the Riley Skinner interview from ACC Sports Journal.  Lots of other fall sports got their starts this past weekend as well.

Q&A With Wake Quarterback Riley Skinner

Ex-Wake Forest tight end among 4 cut by Seahawks :
Seattle waived tight end and Wake Forest alumnus John Tereshinski, defensive tackle Kevin Brown, fullback Dan Curran and linebacker Shane Simmons. The Seahawks made the moves Sunday, one day after their 14-10 preseason win at Kansas City. Navy Opponents 2009- Part III
What might happen: This will be rumble in Annapolis against two, well-coached, evenly matched teams. When you look at last year's two games, it's hard to tell what will happen. We do know one thing: it will be a physical battle but Navy's home field advantage should give them a slight edge. Predicted Score: Navy 27 Wake Forest 24

There's still time – and talent out there for recruiters -
WAKE FOREST: The Deacons would love to snare highly-rated 6-6 receiver Brandon Coleman of Bishop McNamara High in Forestville, Md., but it's an uphill task, as he favors Maryland. He plans to visit, though, and the little school in Winston-Salem is pretty good at selling itself in person. Wake Forest has a better shot at safety Lorenzo Waters of DeMatha High in Hyattsville, Md. Despite a bushel of offers, Waters is listing the Deacons as a slight favorite.

Predict the Florida State Seminole's Season! How will FSU do in Each Game? - Tomahawk Nation
Interestingly enough, the Wake Forest game inspired the most disagreement, with some projecting as high as 85% confidence (21 point favorites), and some as low as 45% (underdogs of about a field goal).

N.C.'s magnificent seven -
Deacons baseball: Green Hope baseball standout Grant Shambley has committed to Wake Forest. He played in the outfield and the infield for Green Hope but is expected to be an outfielder for the Deacons. Shambley helped the Falcons to a 20-6 record in 2009. He hit .412, scored 26 runs and drove in 15 runs.

Wells Thompson finds his confidence with the New England Revolution
Twenty-five year-old Thompson, a third year Revolution veteran and Wake Forest graduate, was the leading goal scorer (7) his senior year, but quickly settled into a supporting right wing position for the Revolution as a first-round draft pick. He's a scrappy, versatile two-footed player and shifts easily to the left and a few weeks ago played left fullback while Jay Heaps represented the US Mens National Team in the Gold Cup.

Deacon women's soccer team wins on Hutchinson goal
Jill Hutchinson scored her fourth goal of the season in the 65th minute to lift Wake Forest to a 2-1 victory over Loyola (Md.) yesterday at Spry Stadium.

Rae Leads No. 2 Wake Over Michigan, 2-1
- Freshman Lizzie Rae scored both of Wake Forest's goals in the Demon Deacons' 2-1 victory over No. 19 Michigan to finish out play in the annual ACC/Big Ten Challenge, hosted by Iowa.

The ACC & the Mothership - D1SCOURSE - Washington Times
And how about this: ESPN (the main network, not the "family of networks") will not carry a conference game this season that does not include either Duke or North Carolina. Not one. 50 Thoughts On 50 Coaches
16. … very few coaches do a better job of coaching kids up than Jim Grobe. A master motivator and teacher, he’s taken a Wake Forest program that has no business even being a nuisance and turned it into a perennial postseason participant. If he ever lands at a school that gets better raw talent, look out.

Baylor Bears can’t wait for the games to begin |
They’re ready for their opening trip to Wake Forest on Saturday. Banging-down-the-doors ready.

Deacs' Frye rebounds Other than him, DBs are young
"I think that's still a work in progress, to be honest with you," Grobe said. "Alex has improved a lot. His work ethic is better. He still has some lulls where he's not always there every snap. But he's better. In the conditioning he's really working hard. "He's not on my lists anymore. He's not a list guy anymore. He's been good so far and I think as we get closer to game time he'll start getting even more excited and more tuned in. But so far he's been one of the bright spots. He's been a guy that's been pretty solid for us back there at that safety position.

No. 2 Deacs Open Season with 3-2 Win Over No. 9 Iowa - WAKE FOREST OFFICIAL ATHLETIC SITE
The second-ranked Wake Forest field hockey team opened the 2009 season with a 3-2 victory over ninth-ranked Iowa in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. | Cronin playing like grizzled vet

SLAM ONLINE | " Top 50: Josh Howard, no. 49
The greatest warrior of his time (we’re told) and said to be the bravest of all men, rarely do Achilles actions reflect his reputation, at least when not fighting away on the field of battle. The reverse would be true for the "reputation" that Howard has earned in the public eye: a tremendously gifted, weed-smoking athlete, who hustles like he’s the 12th man on the bench getting his compensatory two minutes of playing time in a 30-point blowout.

Wake Forest Drops Tough Opening Match 3-2 To Charlotte
Charlotte jumped out to an early two-sets to none lead and held on for the 3-2 victory despite a gutsy effort from the Wake Forest volleyball team on the opening night of the 2009 Deacon Invitational. The 49ers (1-0) won the first two sets 25-22 and 25-23 to head into the break with a 2-0 lead. But Wake Forest rallied in sets three and four to take 25-20 and 25-19 victories, forcing a deciding fifth-set. In the final set, Charlotte came back from a four-point deficit and pulled out the 17-15 victory.

Deacons' defensive strength turns worrisome -
"There are people talking about how are we going to replace Aaron and Alphonso," Russell said. "The guys we send out there need to go play the way they can play. They don't have to try to replace anyone."

Wake Forest's Walter welcomes challenges - College Baseball -
"You never know the situation until you kind of get into it, but when you’ve seen what Wake Forest has done in football the past few seasons in addition to the success they’ve had in basketball and other sports, it’s hard not to get excited about this opportunity," Walter said. "For them to have such a commitment to athletics at a small school is so impressive to me. Ten percent of the students at the school are student-athletes. That’s astonishing."

Women's Basketball Unveils 2009-10 Schedule - WAKE FOREST OFFICIAL ATHLETIC SITE

Preseason: When a Snooze is Better Than News
"He’s been the most consistent as far as depth on his kicks,‘’ Grobe said of Beam. "I’m excited about him. And the nice thing is he’s getting better. He’s been kicking the soccer ball the whole time, so he’s just starting to get comfortable kicking that football. I’ll tell you where Cline Beam’s gotten better is he’s kicking field goals better. The first couple of days of practice he was kicking kickoffs pretty good but his field-goal stuff was erratic. He was yanking balls left and right, mostly left. Now he’s starting to feel really comfortable. He’s driving through on his field goals and extra points.

Bulldog serious about future | Jonathan Garica | The News-Press
He e-mailed the Wake Forest coaches daily and sometimes multiple times a day. "A couple of schools, they just came off like they thought their program was the best and no one could touch them and they were invincible. I didn’t want to go to a place like that," Garcia said. "For all that it was, the recruiting process was actually really simple for me. If a school paid real attention to me, then I paid attention to them. That’s what it came down to."