Wake Forest had several players who put up incredible numbers against Duke, and they were rewarded by winning weekly honors. Duke Ejiofor was named ACC Defensive Lineman of the Week, and Cade Carney was been named ACC Rookie of the Week.
These two Deacs were essential to Wake Forest’s 24-14 victory over Duke on Saturday afternoon. Cade Carney carried the ball 17 times for 108 yards (6.4 yards/carry) and scored all 3 of Wake Forest’s touchdowns, including the 55-yard run on 3rd-and-short, and the gorgeous move from 7 yards out where he absorbed the initial hit, spun off that defender, and then trucked the defender around the goal line. Duke Ejiofor didn’t put any points on the scoreboard, but his impact was arguably just as valuable as Carney’s 18 points. Ejiofor stuffed the stat sheet, and finished with 7 tackles, 4 tackles for loss, 2 forced fumbles, 1 fumble recovery, 3 sacks, and 2 quarterback hurries. Ejiofor was a terror all afternoon and his presence dramatically impacted Duke’s ability to consistently move the ball. So much of football is about how comfortable your quarterback is versus how comfortable the opposing quarterback is, and Wake Forest clearly won that battle on Saturday.
Congratulations to Cade and Duke for winning these awards. Both are extremely well-deserved, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see them take home more awards in the future.