The Wake Forest football team will hold its first scrimmage of fall camp on Saturday at 2 p.m. at BB&T Field. Though practices are open, the first scrimmage is usually the best opportunity that fans have to see the Deacs "go live" before the season officially kicks off on September 3rd against Elon. What are the main stories that Wake Forest fans should be paying attention to?
How much has John Wolford progressed?
Quarterback is obviously the most important position, and a team can only go so far with poor quarterback play. It was difficult to judge Wolford at times last year, simply because he had little time to throw and his receivers did not always do a great job of getting open.
This spring, it was clear that Wolford looked more calm in the pocket, and had a greater understanding of what he was being asked to do. He was put in a very difficult situation last year, as he was the starting quarterback of an ACC team despite not even participating in spring practice. I do think that fans will see a notable difference in Wolford's ability from last season, and that's a testament to how hard he has worked, and also thanks to the increased competition from Kendall Hinton and Kyle Kearns.
How will the running back snaps be divided?
In today's scrimmage, I anticipate that there will be a heavy rotation among the contenders for the starting job. This is because running back is a position where you can only tell but so much in drills, and have to see them in a game situation that is played at "live speed." The candidates I expect to see get the most reps today are Rocky Reid, Dez Wortham, Matt Colburn, and Isaiah Robinson.
Who will start at receiver?
At this point it seems very clear that true freshman Tabari Hines will start in the slot. It's also becoming increasingly clear that, in addition to being awesome at handshakes, Cortez Lewis will probably start at one of the outside receiver positions. At the other position I expect to see a three-way race between K.J. Brent, Tyree Harris, and Jared Crump. The good news for Wake Forest fans is that I could easily see any of the three winning that battle. That means the program is starting to add some depth. Will one of the three separate himself today?
Improved Offensive Line?