Well, the bad news is the Deacs dropped their first game of the season last week. The good news is that they get a chance to right in the ship this week back at home against the Florida State Seminoles. In the words of the great Rocky Balboa, “it ain’t about how hard you hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward; how much you can take and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done.” How Wake Forest comes out and responds after their first setback of the year will likely determine the outcome of the rest of the season. So with that in mind, lets look at the impact players for the Noles.
Offense: Tamorrion Terry | RS Soph. WR | #15
The Noles have one of the best running backs in the entire country in Cam Akers, who has already run for over 600 yards and 7 TDs this season. That means that, like the Boston College game, the Deacs are probably going to be so focused on stopping Akers that the other weapons on the FSU offense are going to have plenty of opportunities to make big plays. One of those weapons is Tamorrion Terry, a 6-4 wide receiver who is a big time down field threat. Terry was All-ACC Honorable Mention a season ago, when he broke the FSU freshman receiving record with a team leading 744 yards and 8 touchdowns. He’s picked up right where he left off this season and has already caught 23 passes for 465 yards and 5 TDs. The Wake Forest defense is currently 95th in the nation in passing yards allowed, so I wouldn’t exactly be shocked if Terry had 100 yards or more receiving and a touchdown.
Defense: Asante Samuel Jr. | Soph. DB | #26
Asante Samuel Jr. is the son of 2 time Super Bowl champion Asante Sameul, who played DB in the NFL for 11 years. It appears Asante Samuel Jr. has taken over the family business, because he is already one of the best cover corners in the ACC. As a freshman, Samuel played in every game and led the Seminoles with 9 pass breakups. Now, with a year of experience under his belt, Samuel has recorded 29 total tackles, 6 passes defended, and 1 interception through 6 games. A potential matchup between Samuel and Sage Surratt should be an exciting battle between 2 of the best players in the ACC. If Surratt can win that contest, Wake Forest should have a good chance of getting back in the win column and getting bowl eligible.