Wake Forest released their depth chart today for their home contest against the Rice Owls. While nothing was too drastic, a couple of changes really did stand out on both sides of the ball.
Initial Wake Forest depth chart musings:— Conor O'Neill (@ConorONeillWSJ) September 25, 2018
- Kendall Hinton is backup slot receiver
- Jamie Newman backup QB
- Still Sage Surratt OR Scotty Washington
- Zion Keith is backup corner to Essang Bassey (no longer Malik Grate)
The Kendall Hinton-to-WR switch seems to be a full go as Hinton is now listed as a backup slot receiver to Greg Dortch. Jamie Newman becomes the lone backup for Sam Hartman.
WR Sage Surratt has seemed to earned a starting (or at the very minimum a 1A) type of role moving forward, sharing time at an outside receiver position with Scotty Washington.
The defense continues to shake things up a bit, especially in the secondary. Ja’Sir Taylor looks to be the starter over Amari Henderson while freshman Zion Keith continues his climb up the chart to be Essang Bassey’s backup (instead of Malik Grate). The coaching staff is likely looking for answers and turning to younger players to shake things up.
Overall, while nothing was too drastic or major, there is some admittance that the secondary will be tweaked going forward. With coordinator Jay Sawvel out, look for the defensive staff to try and improve.
Finally, although he is listed on the depth chart, LB Nate Mays will be out for the rest of the season with a broken foot. The Deacs linebacker depth is severely hampered after losing him, Chase Monroe, and Jeff Burley for the year.
R-Jr. linebacker Nate Mays broke his foot against Notre Dame, so his season is finished.— Conor O'Neill (@ConorONeillWSJ) September 25, 2018
Becomes the third linebacker lost for season, with Chase Monroe and Jeff Burley.