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Reviewing the Wake Forest Football Offense through Five Games

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The Deacs are 5-0 and the offensive firepower is a huge reason why

Wake Forest v Boston College Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

Note: Stats are courtesy of ESPN.com.

Wake Forest football is 5-0 to start the season, and has their first bye week this Saturday. The Deacs are ranked 20th in the Coaches’ Poll and 22nd in the AP Poll, marking the first time they have been ranked in both polls since October of 2008.

The offense has been on fire, and is a huge reason why they have been so successful to start the season.

Stats

Through five games, the Deacs are averaging 35.8 points per game and have scored 23 touchdowns and 179 points overall. They have 124 total first downs, have converted 53.9% of third downs (49-91), and are 5-9 on fourth down. Wake Forest has run 416 offensive plays and is averaging 515 yards per game after gaining 2,575 total yards.

The team has fumbled six times, and lost one of those. The offensive line has allowed a total of six sacks for a combined loss of 37 yards.

Wake Forest has completed 122 passes on 173 attempts (all but five of both have been by Jamie Newman) for 1,563 passing yards and 15 passing touchdowns. The team has 237 rushing attempts for 1,012 rushing yards and 8 rushing touchdowns. The Deacs average 9 yards per pass attempt, 312.6 passing yards per game, 4.3 yards per rushing attempt, and 202.4 rushing yards per game.

Jamie Newman’s numbers should put him in the Heisman race, and probably would if he were playing at a larger university and not “Little Old Wake Forest.” He is 117-168 passing on the year for a 69.6% completion rate, and has throw for 1,521 yards and 14 touchdowns. He averages 9.1 yards per completion, has thrown 3 interceptions, has a season long completion of 70 yards, and has a QB rating of 169.6.

True freshman Michael Kern completed all five of his passes in relief of Newman in the Elon game-the only time he has seen action this season-and has thrown for 42 yards and a touchdown.

Jamie Newman also has 78 rushing attempts, by far the most on the team, and has run for 262 yards and 3 touchdowns, with an average of 3.4 yards per carry.

Senior Cade Carney has 56 rushing attempts for 202 yards and a touchdown, and is averaging 3.6 yards per carry.

Sophomore Christian Beal-Smith has 44 rushing attempts for 154 yards and 2 touchdowns, and is averaging 3.5 yards per carry.

True freshman Kenneth Walker III has 33 rushing attempts for 318 yards and 2 touchdowns, and is averaging 9.6 yards per carry. This average is inflated by a school-record 96 yard touchdown run in the second half against Rice.

DeAndre’ Delaney, Michael Kern, Will Drawdy, and Courtney McKinney have also carried the ball a few times each.

Sage Surratt and Scotty Washington have been two of the best receivers in the nation, and claimed the ACC’s Receiver of the Week award the first three weeks of the season.

Surratt has 34 receptions for 515 yards and 6 touchdowns. He is averaging 15.1 yards per reception and has a season long reception of 70 yards.

Washington has 27 receptions for 470 yards and 6 touchdowns. He is averaging 17.4 yards per catch and has a season long reception of 59 yards.

Kendall Hinton has missed a couple of games with a hamstring injury, but has 17 receptions for 177 yards and a touchdown. He is averaging 10.4 yards per catch, and has a season long reception of 27 yards.

Senior tight end Jack Freudenthal has 11 receptions for 113 yards, and senior receiver Steven Claude has 10 receptions for 94 yards.

Jaquarii Roberson and A.T. Perry both have a touchdown catch, and Carney, Beal-Smith, Walker, Brandon Chapman, and Isaiah Isaac also have receptions on the year.

Sage Surratt has a total of 120 yards after the catch, Kendall Hinton has 90, Scotty Washington has 63, Jaquarii Roberson has 36, Steven Claude has 27, Christian Beal-Smith has 23, Jack Freudenthal has 22, Kenneth Walker III has 15, Cade Carney has 11, Brandon Chapman has 2, and Isaiah Isaac has 1. The team as a whole has 410 yards after the catch.

Sophomore kicker Nick Sciba has made all 22 of his extra point attempts, and has converted on all six of his field goal attempts so far. His season long is from 32 yards, and he has scored 40 points so far this season. Backup kicker sophomore Zach Murphy converted his lone extra point attempt against Elon.

Plays

Thanks to fellow BSD writer Adam Bridgers, here is a breakdown of some of the plays run so far.

The Deacs have run the ball up the middle 173 times and gained 781 yards while scoring 6 touchdowns.

They have run to the left 27 times and gained 122 yards while scoring 2 touchdowns.

Wake Forest has run to the right 31 times and gained 144 yards. No touchdowns have been scored on runs to the right.

The offense has attempted passes of 0-5 yards 49 times. This has resulted in a total gain of 200 yards, 3 touchdowns, and 39 completions.

They have attempted passes of 5-15 yards 92 times. This has resulted in a total gain of 725 yards, 4 touchdowns, and 65 completions.

The Deacs have attempted passes of 15+ yards 32 times. This has resulted in a total gain of 638 yards, 8 touchdowns, and 18 completions.

Cade Carney has run the ball up the middle 44 times for 173 yards and a touchdown. He has run to the left 4 times for 8 yards. He has run to the right 8 times for 21 yards.

Christian Beal-Smith has run the ball up the middle 30 times for 109 yards and a touchdown. He has run to the left 10 times for 39 yards and a touchdown. He has run to the right 4 times for 6 yards.

Kenneth Walker III has run the ball up the middle 23 times for 232 yards (including the 96 yard run against Rice) and a touchdown. He has run to the left 5 times for 41 yards and a touchdown. He has run to the right 5 times for 45 yards.

Jamie Newman has run the ball up the middle 62 times for 226 yards (including a 50 yard run against Boston College) and 3 touchdowns. He has run to the right 9 times for 49 yards. He has run to the left 4 times for 19 yards. He has the only fumble lost by the offense on the season.

Jamie Newman has targeted Sage Surratt 46 times and Sage has caught 33 of those passes. 28.2% of his completions have been to Surratt, and 27.4% of Newman’s passing attempts have been intended for Surratt. Surratt has caught 72.3% of the passes thrown to him.

Newman has targeted Scotty Washington 45 times and Scotty has caught 27 of those passes. 23.1% of Newman’s completions have been to Washington, and 26.8% of his passing attempts have been intended for Scotty. Washington has caught 60% of the passes thrown to him. Washington has 5 drops on the year, and is the only Deacon with drops to his name.

Jamie has targeted Kendall Hinton 21 times and Kendall has caught 17 of those passes. 14.5% of Newman’s completions have been to Hinton, and 12.5% of his passing attempts have been intended for Kendall. Hinton has caught 81% of the passes thrown to him.

Newman has targeted Jack Freudenthal 13 times and Jack has caught 11 of those passes. 9.4% of Newman’s completions have been to Freudenthal, and 7.7% of his passing attempts have been intended for Jack. Freudenthal has caught 84.6% of the passes thrown to him.

Here's hoping the Deacon offense continues to thrive the rest of the season. Go Deacs!!!