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Wake Forest Releases 2016 Depth Chart

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Were there any major surprises in the first depth chart of the season?

NCAA Football: Louisville at Wake Forest Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

The Wake Forest football program released the initial depth chart of the 2016 season on Friday afternoon. The Deacs have finished fall camp, and are now transitioning from camp work to game week preparation. Wake Forest begins its 2016 in just six days when they host the Tulane Green Wave. Let’s look and see if there were any major surprises on the depth chart.

Offense

Pos Player Ht Wt Yr.
QB John Wolford 6-1 200 Jr.
Kendall Hinton 6-0 200 So.
TB Cade Carney 5-11 215 Fr.
Matt Colburn 5-10 200 So.
or Rocky Reid 6-0 220 RS Fr.
WR - X Cortez Lewis 6-1 210 RS So.
or Scotty Washington 6-5 220 RS Fr.
WR -Slot Tabari Hines 5-10 175 So.
or Chuck Wade 6-0 195 So.
WR - S Alex Bachman 6-0 185 So.
Steven Claude 6-2 195 RS Fr.
TE Cam Serigne 6-3 250 RS Jr.
Devin Pike 6-6 260 Jr.
Jack Freudenthal 6-3 220 RS Fr.
LT Justin Herron 6-5 300 RS So.
Jake Benzinger 6-7 285 RS Fr.
LG Tyler Hayworth 6-4 325 RS Sr.
Taylor Chambers 6-8 305 RS Jr.
C Josh Harris 6-4 305 Sr.
Patrick Osterhage 6-4 290 RS So.
RG Phil Haynes 6-4 300 RS So.
Nathan Gilliam 6-5 285 RS Fr.
RT Ryan Anderson 6-6 300 RS So.
Cameron Gardner 6-5 275 RS Jr.

I didn’t notice many major surprises on the offensive side of the ball. The primary position battles were at quarterback and running back, and Clawson announced the result of those battles earlier in the week. Honestly the biggest takeaway for me on this depth chart is the “or” next to Scotty Washington’s name. Coretz Lewis had a very good redshirt freshman campaign, and finished with 47 receptions for 611 yards and 4 touchdowns. If the staff thinks that Washington is good enough to earn an “or” next to his name on the depth chart, then wide receiver might be even stronger than we though.

Defense

Pos Player Ht Wt Yr.
DE Duke Ejiofor 6-4 270 RS Jr.
Paris Black 6-3 255 RS Fr.
DT Willie Yarbary 6-2 280 RS So.
Shelldon Lewinson 6-2 275 RS Sr.
DT Josh Banks 6-4 290 RS Sr.
Chris Stewart 6-3 290 RS So.
DE Wendell Dunn 6-3 250 RS Jr.
Chris Calhoun 6-4 245 So.
BUCK Jaboree Williams 6-0 235 Jr.
Justin Strnad 6-2 220 RS Fr.
MIKE Marquel Lee 6-3 240 Sr.
Grant Dawson 6-1 230 RS Jr.
Nate Mays 6-1 225 RS Fr.
ROV Demetrius Kemp 6-1 215 RS So.
Thomas Brown 6-3 225 Sr.
CB Brad Watson 6-0 200 Sr.
Amari Henderson 6-1 175 RS Fr.
FS Ryan Janvion 5-11 200 RS Sr.
Cameron Glenn 6-1 200 RS So.
SS Jessie Bates 6-2 200 RS Fr.
Traveon Redd 6-0 195 Fr.
CB Dionte Austin 6-0 175 So.
Essang Bassey 5-10 180 Fr.

I didn’t notice any major surprises on this side either. It sticks out to me a little bit that Wendell Dunn is starting over Chris Calhoun. Calhoun is clearly the superior pass rusher, but Dunn has an advantage at stopping the run. It’s also encouraging to see Nate Mays listed on the depth chart, as that shows that the redshirt freshman should receive a reasonable amount of playing time this season. Jessie Bates beat out Cameron Glenn for the starting safety role, but expect the trio of Bates, Glenn, and Janvion to rotate a lot, with true freshman Traveon Redd providing some relief.

Special Teams

Pos Player Ht Wt Yr.
PK Mike Weaver 6-1 195 RS Jr.
Ben Brown 6-2 175 RS Fr.
KO Mike Weaver 6-1 195 RS Jr.
Dom Maggio 6-3 175 Fr.
P Dom Maggio 6-3 175 Fr.
Mike Weaver 6-1 195 RS Jr.
H Dom Maggio 6-3 175 Fr.
John Wolford 6-1 200 Jr.
PR Tabari Hines 5-10 175 So.
Jessie Bates 6-2 200 RS Fr.
KR Steven Claude 6-2 195 RS Fr.
John Armstrong 5-9 165 Sr.
LS Garrett Wilson 6-3 215 So.
Dayton Diemel 5-10 205 Fr.

Mike Weaver won the kickoff job. Ideally Adam Centers would have won that role and saved Weaver’s leg throughout the season, so this position will be one to monitor as the season progresses. Will Weaver’s leg wear down as we head to critical late season matchups against UVA, Syracuse, and Boston College? I hope not.

Are you all surprised by anything that you see? Let us know in the comments section below.