The Wake Forest football team's season-opener is less than one week away, which means the football staff has mostly finalized evaluating players and setting a depth chart. Les Johns of Deacons Illustrated, who is breaking more news than Adam Schefter, tweeted out a photo of the depth chart as it stands now. Are there any surprises?
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Here's a look at the Wake Forest Football depth chart <a href="http://t.co/9QXWv5HHUE">pic.twitter.com/9QXWv5HHUE</a></p>— Deacons Illustrated (@WakeRivals) <a href="https://twitter.com/WakeRivals/status/637335707921551360">August 28, 2015</a></blockquote>
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John Wolford has been named the starting quarterback, but Clawson has indicated that he wants to keep Kendall Hinton involved and that he needs to be ready. This was not much of a surprise given Wolford's experience and improvement from last season.
The staff was less decisive at running back and Clawson has essentially punted on naming a starter for now. He will clearly rotate at this position, but it's worth noting that Tyler Bell is listed first and Rocky Reid, who has missed time with an injury, is listed last. Still, it's apparent that all true freshmen running backs will play this season.
The receiving corps was not much of a surprise. Chuck Wade has not been mentioned as much, but he has impressed at camp and is one of several freshmen receivers in the two-deep. On the offensive line, Ty Hayworth has earned a position in the starting lineup, and Josh Harris will start at center. Patrick Osterhage is listed as the reserve at both right and left guard, so expect him to receive decent playing time. The other surprise to me was that Justin Herron and Phil Haynes have apparently switched sides from where they started at the beginning of training camp.
On the defensive line, true freshman Chris Calhoun is listed in the two-deep at the drop position. He's actually listed ahead of redshirt freshman Rashawn Shaw. Zeek Rodney has beaten out Tylor Harris for the starting nose tackle job, but expect the coaching staff to consistently rotate defensive linemen throughout the year.
The linebacker unit has no surprises, but one interesting observation is that Demetrius Kemp has moved from safety to rover. Graduate transfer Zach Dancel is listed as the starting STUD safety, but it remains unclear if he will hold onto that role when Thomas Brown returns from his one-game suspension. Graduate transfer Devin Gaulden is listed as a starting cornerback, and is ahead of true freshman Amari Henderson.
Johnny Armstrong and Matt Colburn will return kicks, while Tabari Hines and Alex Bachman will return punts. Three out of those four are true freshmen.
In all, there are 17 freshmen or redshirt freshmen in the two-deep (not including special teams).