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Deacon Dump 9/16: Preparing for Elon's offensive attack

A bunch of links on Wake's opponent for Saturday, Elon. Elon is a good offensive team and this should be a nice test for the Demon Deacon defense to make adjustments and get ready for ACC play. I don't see the Deacs having any problems handing Elon, but there is a lot that Wake needs to work on. Onto the links...

Rookie helps Seahawks forget stench of '08
Since he brought it up, also surreal was linebacker Aaron Curry. For a rookie linebacker, he stirred it up like, well . . . Brian Bosworth. By the end of the game, the Rams wanted Curry chopped into bait and offered to the aquarium's shark tank. "He had everybody on their offense mad at him," said defensive teammate Patrick Kerney, smiling. "We had his back." Curry, the Seahawks' highest draft pick in a dozen years, didn't appear to need the help. He eschewed the usual rookie profile of seen-and-not-heard and came out woofing. "I was going to talk their heads off," he said. "I wasn't calling anybody dirty, or doing anything crazy. But I can talk all day."

ACC Power Rankings, week 2 | North Carolina
7) Wake Forest (1-1, 0-0 ACC, defeated Stanford 24-17): Another week, another close game vs. a perennial bottom-feeder from a BCS conference. This week, the Deacs took care of business on the strength of 251 rushing yards against Stanford. Among the mediocre teams I mentioned in the opening paragraph, look for the Deacons to remain between 6 and 9 all year long.

ACC mailblog - ACC - ESPN
Shawn in Elon, N.C., writes: Could Elon be a trap game for Wake, am I just stupid, or a little of column A and a lot more of column B? I want pain in WS this year after my beloved Noles lost to Wake 3 years in a row. FSU plays there later, but Elon plays there Saturday. And Elon is Nole backwards--an omen?, yes, I think so :) Heather Dinich: Clever, I like it. And, yes, absolutely this could be a trap game. I know the staff is taking it seriously enough that it thinks it could be, too. Elon enters the game 2-0 and quarterback Scott Riddle is coming off a record-setting performance in which the Phoenix racked up 614 total yards. That being said, there's no excuse for Wake to lose that game.

ACC INSIDER: ACC must face its inconvenient truth – ACC Insider - Wilmington Star News - Wilmington, NC - Archive
But let’s face it, folks. No matter how you spin it, the cruel, harsh fact of the matter is that the Mountain West Conference has significantly more national relevance than the ACC. And it’s been that way for several years now.

Demon Deacons know Elon wants to invade secondary | salem, deacons, secondary - Sports - Gaston Gazette
"So far, we’ve had a little bit of trouble (with that)," Haynes said. "We haven’t done a great job. … When it comes down to it, (Elon has) great players and they know how to use them."

Charlotte News, Weather, Sports | | North Carolina News
"It's given us a little bit of a different dimension," coach Jim Grobe said Tuesday. "We're not always having to hand the ball to the tailback or always having to throw to the split end."

[knocking sound] Who is it?….Landshark | Tech
Defying Gravity: Wake Forest and coach Jim Grobe. He’s turned one of the worst programs in the country into a respectable team (FSU can vouch for that). How long will he stay there? How long can he keep winning?

Stanford vs Wake Forest report card
Let’s face it, Stanford had the better game plan in the first half, but Wake Forest was the team that made the halftime adjustments. The Cardinal could not seem to recover.

With roles reversed and WRs taking handoffs, Wake Forest offense finds its rhythm - WGHP
Givens said Tuesday "the more dimensions of our offense we have, the better."

Slow starts concern Grobe: Coach says Deacons might start taking the ball first after coin flip
"Probably we need to receive," Grobe said yesterday. "We haven't been too stout on defense deferring the first two times. "That might be the easiest solution, just receive and then you can't give up the opening drive."

Injury on Deacs' D forces adjustment : : Greensboro & the Triad's most trusted source for local news and analysis
"Kyle gave people problems," Wake Forest coach Jim Grobe said Tuesday. "Just his mere lining up across from the (offensive) tackle was enough to make that tackle nervous because (Wilber) could run right past you. It's a big loss for us."

Harbaugh not happy with officiating at Wake Forest - Pac-10 - ESPN
"It was, in our opinion, a ridiculous call -- one of the worst I've ever seen," he said. "But we have moved on. We're not blaming the game on that. We've got some problems to fix."

Wake Forest not taking Elon lightly - ACC - ESPN
"It's been awhile since I've seen him like that," Griffin said. "He wasn't as mad as he was when we played Vanderbilt back in 2005 and Jay Cutler beat us up a little bit. But he was pretty upset. I think it was good, it got us fired up. We came back and beat Stanford so I'm sure he was excited about that."

Role reversal helps Wake offense shine |
"The fun thing for us is, we've got some speed guys again in the slot position that we used so well those first few years we were here," Grobe said. "We kind of lost that a little bit after Kenny left, and now we're back to having a couple of guys that can go a little bit. And with Lovell Jackson, if we can get Lovell coached up, that gives us three of those guys that have pretty good foot speed. So that gives us some new things to do, not only throwing the football, but running it."

BT Game Balls: Broncos 12 – Bengals 7 - BroncoTalk
Alphonso Smith – Looked good in coverage for a rookie and came up with some nice tackles. Expect this trend to continue as he grows over his NFL Career. This kid will be a star. - Christopher D. Hart I really like the rookie. Wonder why no one gave up a first round next season to jump forward to get this guy. - Ian Henson