The Wake Forest spring game will be held this Saturday at 3:00 p.m. at BB&T Field. The game will be free to the public. If you are unable to attend, then you can watch the game on ESPN3. Today, Wake Forest released the rosters of the two teams. Below I'll provide some analysis of each of the teams and predict who I think will win the game.
The Black Team will feature early enrollee Kendall Hinton as the starting quarterback. How effective he is, will depend upon the tackling rules for the scrimmage. If it is truly live, and quarterbacks are allowed to be tackled, then he'll be able to extend plays that the coaching staff would otherwise "blow dead" due to fear of injury.
Hinton has a nice receiving trio in Cam Serigne, Tyree Harris and Cortez Lewis. Wake Forest fans will want to pay attention to Cortez Lewis, because he should be a bright spot at the position moving forward. The good news for Wake fans is that no player that I just mentioned is older than a sophomore.
This team will feature just one player, Josh Harris, who is projected to be a starter on the offensive line, but Will Smith, Ty Hayworth and A'Lique Terry will all battle for playing time.
The Black Team has the better linebacker unit of the two squads, simply because they have Brandon Chubb. Marquel Lee will play for both teams. That duo, along with Hunter Williams, forms arguably the best linebacker unit in the ACC. Wendell Dunn will be the best pass rusher on the team, while Zeek Rodney's progression will be something to watch. This team also has the more established safeties, but has a few question marks at corner. Johnny Armstrong switched positions this spring, and I'm intrigued to watch him. He had an interception during the last scrimmage. Can he do it again?
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The White Team will be led by John Wolford, who started at quarterback for the Demon Deacons last season as only a true freshman. He will be handing it off to Dez Wortham, and will be targeting early enrollee Tabari Hines in the slot. At the last scrimmage, Hines made an impressive one-handed catch, followed by a few shifty moves that resulted in a touchdown.
This team's offensive line could be the difference in the game. It features four of the five projected starters, including left tackle Phil Haynes and right tackle Justin Herron. Coach Clawson believes these players can be all-ACC players one day.
Defensively, the front seven will be what I'm watching. I'm intrigued to watch Rashawn Shaw's progression, as well as Willie Yarbary. Yarbary was a late flip from Indiana last season and is massive. Shaw was originally Louisville commit, and I'm very high on Shaw as a prospect. At linebacker, Zack Wary was a 2014 recruit who had an offer from Arkansas. There's also Jaboree Williams who played as a true freshman last season. Those two will give this team great depth at linebacker this season. In the secondary, watch freshmen safeties Cameron Glenn and Demetrius Kemp. They're young, but talented, and should help make safety one of our best units.
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* indicates that a player plays for both teams.
In all, I think I am going to take the White Team to win based on the offensive line. Excellent weather is predicted for Saturday, so I hope to see you all out there. We'll have a Blogger So Dear sign on our tent, so stop and say hey. Go Deacs!