Wake Forest football coach Dave Clawson released the official depth chart for next week’s opener against Presbyterian College on Thursday night at BB&T Field.
Below is the official depth chart:
The biggest storyline here is that after saying that Kendall Hinton was the first team quarterback all summer long, Coach Clawson has decided to go with John Wolford as the starter. Wolford had yet another highly impressive camp, though many are wondering if it will be the same old storyline where he has a great camp, where contact on QBs isn’t allowed, and then fails to deliver in game situations.
Perhaps the biggest surprise is Scotty Washington starting over Cortez Lewis at wide receiver. Neither one really distinguished himself over the other during camp. While Lewis has a year of experience on Washington, it’s possible that Clawson likes Washington’s size, as having a 6-5 receiver can often be a big advantage, especially against a smaller team like PC.
Another surprise is having both Arkeem Byrd and Christian Beal listed on the depth chart as two of five running backs. Byrd is listed third with Beal fourth, though apparently there wasn’t enough of a difference between the two to justify redshirting Beal this year.
Expect many of the receivers listed as backups on the depth chart to see plenty of in-game action, especially with Greg Dortch’s play-making ability and Cortez Lewis and Alex Bachman’s experience.
The offensive line played out pretty much as expected.
Defensively one of the biggest surprises was the decision not to redshirt freshman corner Ja’Sir Taylor, thought the secondary is very thin so I understand the thought process there.
Another surprise is Essang Bassey starting over grad transfer Cedric Jiles, who had experience as a starting cornerback in the SEC.
Having Sulaimon Kamara as a backup at defensive tackle will be huge, and he could even get the nod over Willie Yarbury later in the season. The staff seems to be very high on him.
The defensive end and linebacker positions played out pretty much as expected.
A major concern all season highlighted on the depth chart is the lack of depth at safety behind Jessie Bates and Cameron Glenn.
Wake Forest could have one of the best return teams in the country with the speed and agility of Greg Dortch on both punt returns and kickoff returns, being joined by Tabari Hines on kickoff returns and backed up by Jessie Bates on punt returns.
Dom Maggio returns as expected as the punter with Mike Weaver returning as the kicker. Kickoffs were not listed, but hopefully Adam Centers is back to full health and will handle most of those to allow Weaver to focus solely on field goals and PATs.
What do you all think of the depth chart?
It’s hard to believe that the season is only six days away now. I’ll see all of you at BB&T Field next Thursday night as we cheer the Deacs on to victory! Go Deacs!!!