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7/27 Daily Deacon Dump

Been a few days so here is what has been going on in the news with Wake Forest.


Wake Forest Team Report - College Football -
"I’ve got a feeling we’re not a cocky group right now," coach Jim Grobe said with the upcoming season barely more than a month away. "Our kids are embarrassed what happened to us last year." Yet it’s not all doom and gloom for the Demon Deacons, who could use a dose of confidence. They used so many young players a year ago that some of that time on the field is bound to come back to benefit them at some point.


Wolfpack loses two to injury - College Football -MCT -
Employment is good: Wake Forest coach Jim Grobe was asked if there are any perks to being the dean of ACC football coaches, considering he has the longest tenure in the league (he's beginning his 11th season). "It's a great perk just to have a job," he quipped.


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Wake Forest (Joe Looney and Kyle Wilber): Looney said that Wake Forest has one of the toughest schedules in the ACC this season.  Being from Florida, Looney said he really looks forward to playing Florida State.  "We are tired of being 3-9," Wilber said. "It's not fun."  Wake Forest has switched to a 3-4 defense to allow more speed to get onto the field. Wilber added that in the 3-4 he will drop in to coverage more and be able to rush the quarterback more as he will be used more like an outside linebacker rather than just being a defensive end only.  Wilber said that defensive coaches have really been preaching the importance of forcing more turnovers.  As for the offense, Looney said that the Demon Deacons are going to try to run the ball more.  Wake Forest's offensive line boasts four returning starters. 


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After two years, Grobe is finally seeing the maturity that could make the Dudley graduate a key part of this year's secondary for the Demon Deacons. "I've always felt like Kenny was a guy just playing football and having a good time, and if he played good, fine, and if he didn't, well, better luck next time," Grobe said. "But this spring he wasn't that way. He had a very serious demeanor and really approached the game in a manner which makes you think this guy can be pretty special." The redshirt junior was the 2007 News and Record All-Area Player of the Year after winning the 3-AA state title with Dudley


ACC Media Days notes: Day 2 | National Football Post
Wake Forest head coach Jim Grobe shot an outstanding 1-under par 71 on Sunday at Pinehurst’s No. 2 course, which was home of two U.S. Opens and will play host again in 2014. "I don’t know what happened," Grobe said. "I had balls bouncing off of trees and back into the fairway and I made a couple of putts and one thing led to another. But the course was dry so the tee balls were rolling out a little bit. That made for a good day. "It was a 71 for 18 holes. But for my athletic director’s purposes, it was a 71 for nine holes. He has to think I’m working harder on football than on my golf."

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Miami Hurricanes' Sean Spence agrees with team's critics
Wake's loss is Miami's gain: Wake Forest linebacker Kyle Wilber said he and a few teammates met with coach Jim Grobe this year in the hopes of persuading cornerback Michael Williams to remain at the school. Despite the pleas from his teammates and Grobe, Williams chose to transfer to Miami where he will be eligible to play this season. Williams is expected to compete for playing time at cornerback.

Senior lineman Looney hopes to take part in revival at Wake Forest |

The Deacons will try to shut off the replay machine before the season opener at Syracuse. Looney weighs the schedule – which includes Virginia Tech, North Carolina and Notre Dame — and calls it the heaviest in the league. Looney and his fellow blockers hold the offensive keys in their meaty hands: protecting sophomore quarterback Tanner Price long enough for him to hit fast receivers and opening lanes for sophomore tailback Josh Harris, who gained 241 yards in his first start against Virginia Tech.

Flash forward to football |

At Wake Forest, coach Jim Grobe signed 16 players — eight on offense, six on defense and two who kick. SuperPrep magazine ranked the class ninth in the ACC, and ranked it 10th. As he has done in the past, Grobe reached deep into talent-rich Florida and signed six from the state. Included in the group is quarterback Kevin Sousa of Orlando, who passed for more than 2,200 yards ran for more than 1,000 last season and was the runner-up in voting for Florida's 3A Mr. Football.

Pass defense a priority for Wake Forest in 2011 -

Wilbur went on to explain how the leaders on the team have made the defense a priority. Moving from defensive end to linebacker, the senior will serve as one of the on-field leaders of the unit. Once again, Wake Forest will find themselves with another uphill battle to regain their prominence of the mid-2000's. They have been selected by many to finish at the bottom of the Atlantic Division again in 2011, though the Deacons are hoping to catch the conference by surprise.