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Positional Recap and 2017 Preview: Tight Ends

Cam Serigne will continue to lead the tight ends for at least another year.

NCAA Football: Military Bowl-Temple vs Wake Forest
Wake Forest’s Tight End, Cam Serigne
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Due to an emphasis on the running game this past season, Cam Serigne’s name was called out less and less during the 2016 season. However, the all-time tight end reception leader for Wake Forest continued to improve as a blocker and provided a safety valve for the revolving door of quarterbacks, finishing the year impressively with 30 reception, 426 yards, and three touchdowns.

There was some speculation that Serigne would leave for the NFL after a great three year career. However, after the bowl victory over the Temple Owls, a game in which he caught a touchdown, Serigne announced that he would return for his senior season.

Backing up Serigne is Devin Pike, a bigger bodied tight end who started a couple of games in two tight-end sets. While Pike hasn’t received as much love from the quarterbacks, Pike will be expected to have a larger role with his 6 foot 6, 260 pound frame.

Entering 2017, while there are no questions regarding the top two players at the position, the coach is still undecided as Adam Scheier is no longer the tight ends coach/special teams coordinator. Wake had a stronger emphasis on the running game behind Carney and Colburn but also had troubles with the quarterback position, being forced to play all three of their guys throughout the year. Going forward, look for stability at the quarterback position to help this tight end crew (mostly Cam Serigne) get back to the 40-50 reception range.