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Wake Forest redshirt sophomore WR Greg Dortch (abdomen) is expected to be 100% healthy at the start of spring practice.

This is a stellar development for the Demon Deacons. Dortch was in the midst of huge campaign at the time he sustained an abdominal injury against Louisville near the end of October. He underwent surgery for that injury the same night as the game against the Cardinals and proceeded to sit out the remainder of the campaign while rehabbing. Even with his year cut short by a month, the 5-foot-9, 165-pounder still put up a strong 53-722-9 receiving line. His health will be worth monitoring as we continue through the offseason, but everything's full-speed-ahead at this juncture.
Feb 21 - 12:24 PM

Wake Forest dismissed redshirt junior DE Paris Black in relation to a violation of team rules.

Just what Black did to earn his ultimate boot from the program is unknown. The dismissal was not his first brush with discipline, as he was suspended for the first three games of the 2017 campaign (also due to an undisclosed violation). The 6-foot-3, 255-pounder appeared in six total games for the most recent season and posted six tackles in that space. His departure counts as nothing more than a depth thinning for the Demon Deacons.
Feb 20 - 6:56 PM

Wake Forest redshirt sophomore RB Arkeem Byrd is shifting to cornerback.

The Winston-Salem Journal's Conor O'Neill passes along that this was Byrd's choice, rather than a decision forced upon him by the coaching staff. While this move will help the Demon Deacons with their depth on the defensive side, it's not an insignificant departure for the offense. The 6-foot-1, 190-pounder performed respectably in 2017, rushing for 395 yards (5.1 YPC) and a touchdown on 77 totes of the rock. Matt Colburn emerged as the team's lead back down the stretch a year ago and we would expect Cade Carney to back him up for the coming campaign now that Byrd is no longer in the offensive picture.
Feb 20 - 5:05 PM

Wake Forest redshirt senior WR Cortez Lewis will transfer.

Per the Winston-Salem Journal's Conor O'Neill, Lewis will most likely be moving on as a graduate. However, not all is full-speed-ahead for the 6-foot-1, 210-pound wideout. O'Neill notes that Lewis' playing status for the upcoming season could be a question mark due to an undisclosed injury concern. After posting a respectable 47-611-4 receiving line as a redshirt freshman in 2015, Lewis has seen his touches drop each of the past two campaigns. He bottomed out with just nine catches for the 2017 season.
Feb 20 - 3:37 PM

Wake Forest senior WR Chuck Wade has been shifted to safety.

Wade (6'0/200) will help to paper over the loss of S Jessie Bates III, who jumped for the draft following his redshirt sophomore campaign. After posting 33 catches for 348 yards as a true freshman in 2015, Wade put in back-to-back seasons with exactly 245 receiving yards for the Demon Deacons. We'll keep tabs on his transition over to the defensive side as the offseason unfolds.
Feb 20 - 3:18 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline does not believe Wake Forest edge rusher Duke Ejiofor's recent surgery to repair a torn labrum will result in a draft slide.

Ejiofor (6'4/270) underwent surgery in late January, a procedure which forced the Wake Forest product to miss the Senior Bowl. Pauline noted at the time that the torn labrum might have occurred as early as the first week of October. Even with this surgery expected to essentially sideline him from physical work during the evaluating process -- including the NFL Scouting Combine and Wake's pro day -- NFL teams are smitten with Ejiofor's overall level of explosive athleticism. It's not out of the question that he could hear his name called by the end of Day 2 once the draft boots up in Dallas at the end of April.
Feb 14 - 6:30 PM

NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah believes Wake Forest S Jessie Bates has Pro Bowl ability.

Bates declared for the draft as a redshirt sophomore and his name was not thrown out among top talents at his position throughout the season. With that said, Bates could be mentioned among the top three or five at safety as evaluators catch up on his tape. Bates has "CB movement/burst, excellent awareness/ball skills and he's tough" according to Jeremiah. He's a name to remember during NFL Combine week.
Feb 13 - 9:06 AM

Draft Wire's Luke Easterling lists Wake Forest TE Cam Serigne as a potential offensive sleeper in the 2018 NFL Draft.

As Easterling notes, this isn't quite the top-heavy tight end draft as least year's loaded class. There are some quality prospects who could go in Day 2 and 3, however, and one of them is Serigne. "After snatching a career-high eight touchdown receptions as a senior, the 6-3, 240-pounder should quickly become a favorite of whichever NFL quarterback gets the pleasure of adding him to his huddle in 2018," he writes. It appears Serigne would go somewhere in the early part of Day 3 if the draft took place today.
Source: Draft Wire
Feb 12 - 2:55 PM

Wake Forest edge rusher Duke Ejiofor underwent successful surgery to repair a torn labrum.

Ejiofor missed the Senior Bowl because of the injury, which according to Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline might have occurred against Clemson on the first Saturday of October. Pauline reports that it's unlikely he'll be able to perform for scouts, but that he should be ready for training camps. He finished last year with 6.5 sacks and is currently viewed as a Day 3 prospect by current draft pundits.
Feb 10 - 5:12 PM

NFL Draft Scout's Frank Cooney ranks Wake Forest QB John Wolford as the top quarterback to not receive an invite to the NFL Scouting Combine.

Wolford not getting an invite was a bit of a surprise, as the former Demon Deacon signal-caller had a strong 2017 season, and he showed the ability to make plays in the pocket and also with his legs. He currently is viewed by NFL Draft Scout as a 7th-round selection, and it's certainly possible he still goes in that vicinity if teams like the tape and he impresses over his pro day.
Feb 9 - 6:13 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline passes along that the Seattle Seahawks and Green Bay Packers are both showing heavy early interest in Wake Forest S Jessie Bates III.

Bates (6'2/195) was something of a surprise entrant into the draft fray -- he declared in January coming off his redshirt sophomore year -- but Pauline has been impressed by what he's seen on tape from the safety. Writes the analyst, "he’s an athletic center fielder who plays with excellent speed, displays great range and really stands out in pass coverage." He was additionally impressed by his discipline. As matters currently stand, Draft Analyst hits Bates up with a fifth-round grade, but Pauline does not rule out the possibility that he could come off the board as early as Round 3.
Feb 8 - 12:26 PM

Wake Forest junior CB Dionte Austin will transfer.

Austin (6'0/175) did not play during the 2017 season, as it was announced in late July that he would be missing the campaign due to "personal reasons." A four-star recruit for the 2015 cycle, Austin ends his career with the Demon Deacons having registered 29 tackles and a sack. Should he be transferring as a graduate -- this is currently unclear -- he would be eligible to play immediately with another FBS program come the start of the 2018 season.
Jan 5 - 5:08 PM

Wake Forest redshirt sophomore S Jessie Bates will forego his final two years of eligibility to enter the 2018 NFL Draft.

Bates (6'2/195) was named All-ACC honorable mention by both the coaches and media for his work during the 2017 campaign. The redshirt sophomore racked up 77 tackles (6.0 for loss), an interception and six passes defended for the season while being somewhat limited at times due to injury. Bates also returned nine punts for 161 yards and a touchdown. Special teams skills sometimes serve as little draft boosters.
Jan 5 - 2:10 PM

Wake Forest redshirt senior TE Cam Serigne finished with nine receptions, 112 yards and a touchdown in Friday's Belk Bowl against Texas A&M.

Serigne posted big numbers in 2017, and he was especially impressive as a target for QB John Wolford in the red zone. The tight end position has become especially important in the NFL, so the Wake Forest standout appears to have very a bright and very lucrative future if he can remain healthy.
Fri, Dec 29, 2017 06:45:00 PM

Wake Forest junior RB Matt Colburn rushed 21 times for 150 yards and a touchdown in Friday's 55-52 win against Texas A&M in the Belk Bowl.

Colburn capped off his season in style with five touchdowns over his final five games, and he hit the century mark in rushing yardage in four of the past six. He looks like a star in the making for head coach Dave Clawson in the Triad. With QB John Wolford heading for the next level, the Wake offense could be more run-oriented heading into 2018 which is great news for Colburn.
Fri, Dec 29, 2017 06:43:00 PM


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