Wake Forest is poised for a solid season in 2021. With plenty of returning weapons for this offense, as well as some real potential on the defensive side, the Demon Deacons could have a very successful season. Dave Clawson has led this team to five straight bowl games, the first time that feat has been achieved in the program’s history. They lost some talent on the defensive line such as the always electric Boogie Basham, who in 2020 was undoubtedly the leader of Wake’s front 7. Without Basham, Clawson will look to fill that gap with the likes of Miles Fox who was rock solid for the Deacs in 2020. Wake Forest will definitely prove to be a tough opponent for Syracuse this season.
Who to look out for on gameday:
Quarterback – Sam Hartman #10
It’s Sam Hartman’s fourth year in the program, third as a sophomore. There are plenty of weapons on this offense, both dangerous in the air and on the ground. As for the aerial attack, Hartman’s targets come in the form of Jaquarii Roberson, Taylor Morin, as well as 4-star recruit Donavan Greene. As for the ground, there’s Christian Beal-Smith who returns for his 4th season at Wake, as well as Michigan-transfer, Christian Turner. Hartman’s numbers weren’t too impressive last season but they don’t tell the whole story. Look for the gunslinger to have a big year.
Wide Receiver – Jaquarii Roberson #5
Ranked the third-best WR in the ACC by the media this pre-season, Roberson should be a problem for opposing defenses all season long. In 2020, the North Carolina native put forth 926 receiving yards as well as 8 TDs on 62 catches. He’ll continue to be Hartman’s first option in a year this offense could be dangerous.
Defensive Back – Nick Andersen #45
If you follow ACC football at all you’ll remember the huge story Nick Andersen was last season. Andersen joined the team as a walk-on, putting on a show against Virginia Tech, intercepting three passes. His teammates lifted him up on their shoulders, it was pretty much present-day Rudy. This Fall, Andersen looks to help lead a secondary with plenty of talents such as Ja’Sir Taylor and Nasir Greer locking down each corner position.
Date: October 9th, 2021
Location: Carrier Dome, Syracuse, NY
Where Can I Watch: TBD