Wake Forest Head Coach Dave Clawson announced some really unfortunate news on Wednesday during the ACC Kickoff event being held in Charlotte.
Wake Forest coach Dave Clawson announces that the Deacons will be without:— Conor O'Neill (@ConorONeillFA) July 21, 2021
for the 2021 season, as they suffered injuries in the offseason.
The Deacs will be without 3 key contributors from last season’s squad due to season ending injuries to redshirt freshman WR Donavon Greene, redshirt senior OL Je’Vionte’ Nash, and redshirt junior LB Chase Monroe. The nature of the injuries is not known at this time.
Donavon Greene put together a terrific redshirt freshman season, grabbing 29 passes for 582 yards and 2 touchdowns in 8 games. Greene was slated to have a breakout year this season and was listed as one half of the 4th best wide receiver duo in the nation for 2021 by Pro Football Focus.
The top-5 WR duos in the country— PFF College (@PFF_College) July 13, 2021
Who has the most underrated tandem? pic.twitter.com/4AgHBLXqqX
As the deep threat in the passing game, Greene’s absence could have a massive effect on the Deacs’ ability to move the ball through the air this season. Wake will likely rely on redshirt sophomore AT Perry to be the next man up.
Je’Vionte’ Nash started all 9 games as a redshirt senior last season at right tackle. The offensive line is probably the worst place logistically (all injuries are bad) to start losing players, especially experienced ones. We’ll have to wait and see if the coaching staff has confidence in someone stepping into the starting role at right tackle or if some of the players end up shifting to different positions on the line to compensate.
Chase Monroe finished the 2020 season with 19 total tackles, 2 tackles for loss, and 0.5 sacks in 8 games. Linebacker is a spot where the Deacs are relatively young, with Monroe being one of three upperclassman on the roster. As defense has been an area where Wake has struggled for the last couple of seasons, the Deacs are going to need some of the younger players to step up.
Injuries continue to be the worst and losing players before the season starts is even worse.