Wake Forest had their normal media today at 11 on campus. That means that there is plenty of information and notes coming out about last weekend as well as this coming weekend. Basically this is your one place stop for all Wake information up to this point in the week so far.
The biggest thing so far is that Nikita didn't practice last night according to My Take on Wake, and it just came out a little while ago that Wake won't update his injury until Thursday's depth chart release
Coach Jim Grobe (from WakeForestSports.com)
On the junior Nikita Whitlock playing status for this Saturday...
"My guess would be that he may be ready go by Saturday. But I don't know how much practice time he'll get. I think unless they can find something that's torn or damage that we don't know about, it's going to be how quickly he heals up. That's going to be a day-to-day thing."
Click through the jump for some quotes and other tidbits gained from today
Also in that Dan Collins article was the following:
On another training room front, junior defensive end Zach Thompson will have his eye examined tomorrow, at which time we shuold know more about the possibility of him playing at FSU.
That's pretty good news because the Deacs can't afford many more injuries at this juncture.
Coach Grobe Quotes
"If you picked an MVP through the first two games, you'd be hard pressed not to take Alex Kinal" -- Jim Grobe on his punter— Wake Forest Football (@Wake_FB) September 11, 2012
"I'm not happy with the total yardage of our running game but we've had some good runs in the redzone for TDs. We're young on the (cont)...— Wake Forest Football (@Wake_FB) September 11, 2012
... on the line but we're getting better and more comfortable each time out." -- Grobe in the running game.— Wake Forest Football (@Wake_FB) September 11, 2012
Player Quotes (From the Official Wake Forest Twitter)
Camp: I was saying before the season started that Tanner was going to have a breakout year. He's becoming one of the nation's elite QB— Wake Forest Football (@Wake_FB) September 11, 2012
Camp: I get excited playing in front of other people's fans. It's an us against the world mentality— Wake Forest Football (@Wake_FB) September 11, 2012
Daniel Mack: I kind of like being the underdog. We know we belong on the field with Florida State— Wake Forest Football (@Wake_FB) September 11, 2012
Mike Olson: We're seen as a school that doesn't have the elite prospects of Florida State, but that gives us a chip on our shoulders— Wake Forest Football (@Wake_FB) September 11, 2012
Tomahawk Nation Articles about Wake (Must Reads)
They play an "Okie" front which has a heads up nose (not shaded to either side) so 6'0, 260-pound nose guard Nikita Whitlock can go to either side on any given play depending on which way the defense is called. Combine that with his quickness and it's very difficult for a center to snap it, get back into his stance, figure out which way he's going and block him.
The problem that centers have had in past is not being strong enough to handle a nose crossing their face playside. I tend to believe Stork has enough bulk to handle it. Barron would worry me some and I think this scheme could slow the running game down. I don't anticipate any assistance from the playside guard being necessary. Any backside stunts will get owned by sophomore guards Josue Matias or Tre Jackson just because they are animals.
The new-look starting unit, consisting of Cam Erving, Josue Matias, Bryan Stork, Tre Jackson, andMenelik Watson, will have to prove that they can handle the nuance of the Wake defense, which relies on a variety of shifting, angling, and stunting to keep opposing offensive lines off balance and guessing. As we’ve discussed, there’s not too much doubt that the Seminoles’ blockers possess impressive athleticism and size compared to last year. However, it remains to be seen how they will perform when presented with a defense that will test their ability to process, communicate, and adjust on the fly.
- Since 2001 there had only been one game (Sam Swank vs. Army in 2007) that a Wake Forest punter downed five balls inside the opponents 20. Alex Kinal has done it twice in his first two career starts #AUSSIEAUSSIEAUSSIE #AYEAYEAYE
- Wake Forest has 31 players hailing from the state of Florida. No doubt nearly all of them want revenge on FSU for not recruiting them.
- Wake is ranked 42nd in the nation according to the USA Today poll this week. First time in nearly a year that the Deacs have received votes (October 11th, 2011).
- Michael Camapanaro leads the country in receptions with 22 through 2 games. Those 22 are the most ever by a Wake Forest player through two games.
- Wake Forest is 21-117-1 all-time against ranked opponents, but each of the last two wins over a ranked team have come against FSU. Last year (#23), and in 2008. Overall, the Deacs are 1-8 vs. ranked FSU teams in Tallahassee
- The Deacs are 1-31 all-time against top 5 teams and have lost 30 straight games. The last game against a top 5 opponent was Louisville in the 2007 Orange Bowl.
- With 9 wins Tanner Price is one win away from moving into the top-ten all-time in career wins at Wake Forest.
- Wake Forest is 5-8 under Jim Grobe in games airing on ESPN. (ESPN, 12 ET).
- The Deacs are 21-43 under Jim Grobe when the opponents score first, yet 2-0 this year.
- In the weirdest and final stat, Wake Forest is 26-38 when accumulating fewer penalty yards than their opponent, yet 40-28 with more penalty yards. The Deacs are 4-1 (1-0 this year) under Coach Grobe when they accumulate the same amount of penalty yards as an opponent.