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Wake Forest Football Week 1 Depth Chart

There were decisions made

NCAA Football: Wake Forest at Syracuse Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Wake Forest has just released their depth chart ahead of Week 1 against Clemson

Let’s look at some interesting spots, shall we?

Wide Receiver

Not a shock to see the “or” between A.T. Perry and Nolan Groulx. Both were reportedly having very good camps and I’m always happy to see no drop off if the starter needs a breather.

In terms of the slot, I thought we’d see the actual “or” later on in the season between Jaquarii Roberson and Taylor Morin, but Morin has been a touchdown machine in camp apparently.

Offensive Line

Michael Jurgens won the battle for the starting C spot. What’s interesting is the depth. We had been told for weeks that it was between Jurgens and Taleni Suhren for that spot, and up pops walk-on Goran Jovanovic. Jovanovic actually took a handful of snaps at RT last year and got a fair amount of work in the spring as the backup C. With Terrance Davis out for some time, I’m assuming no matter who won between Jurgens and Suhren would be kicked to backup one of Sean Maginn or Loic Ngassam Nya due to the lack of depth there.

Happy to see 2019 signee CJ Elmonus backing up Zach Tom and Devonte Gordon backing up Je’Vionte Nash. Elmonus has a load of potential standing at 6-7, 285 pounds and the fact of how bad Miami wanted him, shows how much of a steal he was for Wake and how he can really come help this team, especially when Tom needs a breather. Gordon is an insanely athletic football player and it’s very encouraging to see him recovered from an injury that caused him to grayshirt.

Secondary

Peyton Woulard gets the start opposite Ja’sir Taylor. I’ve been a big fan of Woulard since he signed in 2018, but never really seemed to find his footing at safety. Since his move to corner, apparently the light has come on and he’s earned a shot to start. He’ll be splitting reps with Isaiah Essissima who flashed a bit last year but still a bit green down the stretch. Kenneth Dicks III and Tyriq Hardimon look to back up Ja’sir. One thing I do hope for, is that we don’t see the huge discrepancy in snaps we saw last year. Amari Henderson had almost 900 snaps while Bassey had more than 1000. Ja’sir had 635, mostly being the slot corner, while Essissima had 98. You have to get other guys ready to play and let them learn.

Nasir Greer has been a bit banged up, but very encouraged to see him starting. The interesting part here is that both Coby Davis and Zion Keith are now behind him. This puts walk-ons Nick Andersen, who Defensive Coordinator Lyle Hemphill RAVED about, and Keegan Good backing up Luke Masterson. Hemphill hasn’t given me a reason to not trust him, same reason I dont question anything Kevin Higgins does at Wide Receiver, but this move is a bit intriguing.

We’re inching closer to game day, folks!

Wear a mask.

Go Deacs.