On Saturday afternoon, it was reported that freshman running back Cade Carney would miss Wake Forest’s game against Delaware due to a knee injury sustained in practice. We at Blogger So Dear reported that it was likely a multi-week issue, and on Saturday following Wake Forest’s win over Delaware, head coach Dave Clawson confirmed the report when he provided an update on Carney’s status.
Cade struggled to get going in his first collegiate game, as he ran 7 times for just 21 yards against Tulane, but he had a monster game against Duke. The true freshman out of Advance, North Carolina carried the ball 17 times for 108 yards and 3 touchdowns.
Sophomore Matt Colburn stepped up against Delaware in Carney’s absence. The former Mr. Football in the state of South Carolina had 24 carries for 118 yards and a touchdown. He also had 2 receptions for 27 yards. Sophomore Tyler Bell, who started 6 games last year, had 4 carries for 32 yards and a touchdown. Redshirt freshman Rocky Reid, who was highly regarded coming out of high school, carried the ball 16 times for 47 yards.
I anticipate that Wake Forest will rotate through that trio, with Colburn and Bell receiving the bulk of the carries. Colburn is off to a strong start in 2016. He doesn’t have the same burst as Carney, but he is faster than most think, and is very good at reading blocks to find the ideal running lane.
We will continue to provide injury updates on Carney over the coming weeks.