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Wake Forest Football Player Profile: Linebacker Zack Wary

What should Wake fans know about the redshirt freshman?

Chris Nicoll-USA TODAY Sports

Linebacker Zack Wary was probably good enough to play some last year as a true freshman, but head coach Dave Clawson stuck to the process and redshirted the freshman out of Rogers, Arkansas. The Wake Forest football program will benefit from that decision, as Wary has had an additional year of strength training, and will have a bigger impact this season. What should Wake fans know about the redshirt freshman?

Wary was a monster addition to Wake Forest's 2014 recruiting class. He was the 37th best inside linebacker in the country according to 247's Composite Rankings, and chose Wake over Boise State and Arkansas. He averaged nearly 10 tackles per game as a senior, and was named Northwest Arkansas Media Defensive Player of the Year.

Wary has prototypical size at 6'4" 225 pounds, and is very good in coverage. He can also step up and help in run support. Wary can play linebacker, or the rover position in defensive coordinator Mike Elko's 4-2-5 scheme.  In the spring game, Wary led the White team with 8 tackles. This season I expect Wary to primarily contribute on special teams, and some as a reserve linebacker. Next year, however, I fully anticipate that Wary will compete for a starting position.

What do you all expect to see from Zack this season?