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Wake Forest OLB Marquel Lee (foot) expects to participate in the NFL Combine, reports Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline.

Lee missed the Shrine Game with a foot injury. Per Pauline, it was irritation of foot muscles that kept him off the St. Petersburg field.
Feb 16 - 3:33 PM

Wake Forest hired Sam Houston State DC Brad Sherrod to serve an unspecified capacity.

In a statement, HC Dave Clawson said, "[Sherrod's] experience in coaching linebackers as well as being a defensive coordinator will be a great asset to our staff." Every member of Wake's defensive staff has previous coordinating experience. In addition to his time at Sam Houston State, Sherrod has worked on the staffs of UMass, East Tennessee, Elon and Delaware.
Feb 11 - 4:00 PM

Wake Forest HC Dave Clawson announced that redshirt sophomore WR Steven Claude has left the team.

Claude is leaving because of family medical issue. He's seeking a transfer to a university closer to his home in Miami. The consensus three-star recruit out of the prep ranks was the No. 58 wide receiver in the country by Rivals in the 2015 cycle.
Feb 2 - 12:42 PM

Wake Forest hired former Gophers defensive coordinator Jay Sawvel for the same position.

The Demon Deacons lost defensive coordinator Mike Elko to Notre Dame last month. To replace him, they've brought in Sawvel, who did great work in his coordinating debut this past season. The Gophers finished No. 21 in the nation in scoring defense, allowing 22.1 points a game. Per the St. Paul Pioneer Press, Sawvel had offers from three Power Five schools.
Jan 18 - 4:19 PM

Wake Forest redshirt sophomore RB Rocky Reid will transfer.

Thus ends the disappointing Demon Deacon career for a highly-anticipated player coming in. Reid was the No. 31 running back in the country by 247 Sports out of the prep ranks. He was marred by injuries over the past two years. Reid took a redshirt in 2015 and then had only 22 attempts for 54 yards across four games in 2016. He probably would have been stuck behind Cade Carney and Matt Colburn again in 2017.
Source: SB Nation
Jan 18 - 2:48 PM

Wake Forest HC Dave Clawson has been awarded an eight-year contract extension.

Wake has been in the news for all the wrong reasons over the past month due to the shady doings of former announcer Tommy Elrod, but Clawson and company fought through that smoke to secure a Military Bowl victory against Temple last week. "The progress shown throughout the program, both on and off the field over the last three years, has been the type of progress we envisioned when Dave came on board," said AD Ron Wellman. Wake Forest went a combined 6-18 during Clawson's first two seasons at the helm, but came out firing with a 7-6 campaign in 2016. His extension will run through the 2024 season.
Source: ACC Sports
Jan 3 - 4:42 PM

Wake Forest head coach Dave Clawson says his staff was forced to make significant adjustments to the gameplan prior to the 44-12 loss to Louisville in November.

Disgraced former coach and radio announcer Tommy Elrod provided multiple opponents, including the Cardinals, with game-plan information from 2014 until he was recently fired. "We knew we had been compromised, and as a result, a lot of those things that we had prepared we couldn't run because we knew they had it," Clawson said. The coach went on to say that his players were frustrated that the gameplan was scrapped after they'd worked on it all week. "They wanted to know, 'Why did we work on all these things? ... Why did we practice these things all week and then not use them?'" Clawson said. "They were upset that they felt we did not give them the best opportunity to win the game, and we had a team meeting and said, 'Hey, listen guys, something was compromised. We're not sure how,' and at that point it triggered an investigation." So far, Louisville and Virginia Tech have acknowledged receiving information from Elrod.
Source: ESPN
Fri, Dec 16, 2016 01:31:00 PM

Wake Forest radio announcer Tommy Elrod has been fired for allegedly giving Demon Deacon opponents game plan information.

A story fit for a spy movie. Elrod played for Wake Forest from 1994-1997 and subsequently joined Jim Grobe's staff as a graduate assistant. He manned the Demon Deacons' sideline in various capacities up until 2014, when HC Dave Clawson was brought on board. After Clawson failed to retain Elrod, he joined the Wake Forest broadcasting booth. An investigation launched by the university determined that Elrod has been doling information out to the opposition ever since. This investigation was initially sparked after some of Wake's prep documents were found on the Louisville sideline following the Cardinals' November 12 showdown with Clawson's crew. In a statement, Clawson called Elrod's cloak-and-dagger escapades "incomprehensible."
Tue, Dec 13, 2016 05:54:00 PM

Wake Forest HC Dave Clawson indicated that junior QB John Wolford played with a separated shoulder during the final month of the regular season.

In addition to the shoulder separation, Wolford also dealt with an ankle injury near the end of the campaign. Despite these ailments, he missed just one contest in 2016, a November 19 match-up with Clemson. The 6-foot-1, 205-pound junior finished the season having thrown for 1,591 yards with a 7/9 TD/INT ratio. Wake Forest plays Temple in the Military Bowl on December 27. Unless word surfaces to the contrary, Wolford should be able to play in that one.
Tue, Dec 13, 2016 01:37:00 PM

Wake Forest junior QB John Wolford (ankle/shoulder) completed 16-of-33 passes for 137 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions in Saturday's 17-14 loss to Boston College.

Wake's only points in game came when Wolford connected on a pair of scoring passes in the third quarter. He missed the Demon Deacons' last game -- a loss to Clemson -- due to ankle and shoulder concerns. Whether these issues hampered him during Saturday's low-scoring defeat is not yet known. Given that he has more multi-interception games (three) than multi-touchdown games (Saturday was his first in 11 contests), it shouldn't be assumed that his poor showing against Boston College was due to the aforementioned injuries. Wolford holds a 7/9 TD/INT ratio for the season as a whole.
Sat, Nov 26, 2016 06:17:00 PM

Wake Forest junior QB John Wolford (ankle/shoulder) is expected to start in Saturday's game against Boston College.

Wolford sat out Saturday's loss to Clemson due to several little ailments. Per HC Dave Clawson, though, the 6-foot-1, 205-pound junior should be good to rock and/or roll against the Eagles come Saturday's regular-season finale. At 6-5, Wake Forest has already secured themselves a postseason bowl berth.
Tue, Nov 22, 2016 01:45:00 PM

Wake Forest junior QB John Wolford (ankle/shoulder) didn't play Saturday against Clemson.

Though Wolford was in uniform, the Demon Deacons never sent him onto the field. Neither of these injuries sound serious, so it's possible that the Wake staff just wanted the banged-up Walford to heal during a week when they weren't likely to win either way. The regular season finale, against Boston College, is a different story. We think he'll start.
Mon, Nov 21, 2016 06:05:00 PM

Wake Forest is investigating whether game-plan data was either leaked to or stolen by Louisville prior to last Saturday's loss.

USA Today's Dan Wolken wrote that per his source, "Wake Forest football staff members discovered materials left behind by Louisville last Saturday that showed the Cardinals were prepared for plays the Demon Deacons had not run before, raising suspicions of a security breach." Wake HC Dave Clawson acknowledged on Wednesday that there was a situation, one which he broached with athletic director Ron Wellman. Louisville largely struggled against the Demon Deacons through the first three quarters of Saturday's contest before burying them with a huge fourth quarter and ultimate 44-12 win.
Source: USA Today
Wed, Nov 16, 2016 01:36:00 PM

Wake Forest sophomore QB Kendall Hinton will miss the remainder of the 2016 season due to a knee injury.

Hinton sprained his PCL against Delaware in mid-September and has been sidelined for each of Wake's past six games. While he has been able to practice of late, he just hasn't shown enough on the health front to serve as a realistic option for game action. John Wolford will continue to start in his place through to the end of the campaign. Wake closes the season with contests against Louisville, Clemson and Boston College. As for Hinton's future, HC Dave Clawson indicated that the team would be seeking a medical redshirt for the 6-foot, 185-pounder.
Source: ESPN.com
Tue, Nov 8, 2016 01:05:00 PM

Wake Forest junior QB John Wolford went 9-of-10 for 83 yards and a touchdown as the Demon Deacons beat Virginia 27-20 on Saturday.

Wolford, who tied a career-high with 94 rushing yards, didn't attempt a pass in the first quarter. It was another methodical, boring day of offense for Wake. The defense did its job, and so did Wolford, who didn't make a mistake. He did, however, have a 64-yard touchdown run. Wake Forest, which won its sixth game to become bowl eligible, travels to No. 5 Louisville next.
Sat, Nov 5, 2016 07:12:00 PM


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