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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

Wake Forest senior QB John Wolford completed 32-of-49 passes for 400 yards, four touchdowns and 68 rushing yards en route to Belk Bowl MVP honors on Friday against Texas A&M.

Wolford was banged around in this game, limping on several different occasions, but he was able to come back and lead his team to a nice 55-52 win against an SEC foe. He appears to have a bright future heading to the next level, although 2017 marked the first season where he posted a positive TD/INT ratio. Still, he is likely to move on to the next level and find a job either as a backup, or maybe eventually as a starter.
Fri, Dec 29, 2017 06:40:00 PM

Wake Forest redshirt freshman WR Greg Dortch (abdomen) won't return for the Belk Bowl against Texas A&M.

Dortch underwent abdominal surgery in late October, and he hasn't made enough progress to make a return for Wake Forest. Even though he missed the last month of the season, he was still a breakout star for the Demon Deacons; scoring nine touchdowns and hauling in 53 passes for 722 yards.
Thu, Dec 14, 2017 12:11:00 PM

Wake Forest redshirt senior TE Cam Serigne accepted an invitation to play in the East-West Shrine Game.

Serigne (6'3/250) finished his regular season with 35 catches for 444 yards -- solid numbers for a tight end -- but he really excelled near the red zone, hauling in eight touchdowns for the Demon Deacons. He currently receives late-round draft pick grades, but in a weak tight end class, he could see those projections shoot up if he tests well and plays well in the Shrine game/practices.
Sat, Dec 9, 2017 08:00:00 PM

Wake Forest redshirt senior RB Cade Carney (knee) is listed on the depth chart ahead of the Belk Bowl against Texas A&M on Dec. 29.

This is a great sign, but it doesn't mean that he'll play. Carney was injured against Louisville at the end of October and hasn't played since, missing four straight games. Earlier this fall, he missed two other games with an undisclosed injury. Carney has exactly three weeks to mend before the Demon Deacons take the field against the Aggies.
Fri, Dec 8, 2017 05:02:00 PM

Wake Forest redshirt senior edge rusher Duke Ejiofor has accepted an invitation to the Reese's Senior Bowl.

Ejiofor (6'4/266) didn't quite match his numbers from last year when he had 10.5 sacks, but he had a solid season for the Demon Deacons with 14.5 tackles for loss and 6.5 sacks as a senior. He's currently projected as an early day-three selection, and will look to improve that stock in January.
Mon, Dec 4, 2017 07:23:00 PM

Wake Forest senior QB John Wolford completed 16-of-33 passes for 191 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions in Saturday's 31-23 loss to Duke.

Wolford briefly had to leave the game in the first half due to an ankle injury, but was able to return shortly thereafter and did not leave the contest again. Both of his touchdown passes in the contest came in the first half, but after taking a 17-10 lead into the locker room at halftime, the Demon Deacons were unable to find the end zone again in the final two quarters. That's a wrap on the regular season for Wolford, now, who emerged from several years of mediocrity to post respectable numbers across the board this year -- he passed for 2,792 yards with a 25/6 TD/INT ratio for the campaign. Wolford had never posted a positive TD/INT ratio for a season prior to getting the job done this time around.
Sat, Nov 25, 2017 04:31:00 PM

Wake Forest senior QB John Wolford threw for three scores while completing 19-of-28 passes for 247 yards in a 30-24 win over NC State on Saturday.

Wolford (6'1/200) has been on fire throwing the football the last month. Over his last four games, the senior signal-caller has 13 touchdown passes. He has clearly built up a rapport with junior wideout Tabari Hines, and he found him for all three of his scores. He also added 31 yards on the ground, for good measure. The Demon Deacons and Wolford will look to make it an eight-win season next week against Duke.
Sat, Nov 18, 2017 11:12:00 PM

Wake Forest junior WR Tabari Hines caught eight passes for 139 yards with three touchdown catches in a 30-24 victory over NC State on Saturday.

Hines (5-10/170) had a breakout game last week in the comeback victory over Syracuse, and showed on Saturday that this wasn't a fluke. His scores all came from QB John Wolford, and were from 21, 7, and 18 yards, respectively. The Demon Deacons get a matchup with Duke to end their regular season.
Sat, Nov 18, 2017 11:06:00 PM

Wake Forest HC Dave Clawson said that redshirt freshman RB Arkeem Byrd (head) is on track to play against NC State on Saturday.

Byrd sat versus Syracuse this past weekend due to a head injury sustained in the previous game. Given the fickle nature of head injuries, we'll have to wait until later in the week to find out if Byrd is, indeed, out of the woods.
Tue, Nov 14, 2017 09:30:00 PM

Wake Forest redshirt senior RB Cade Carney (undisclosed) is doubtful for Saturday's game against NC State.

Carney was injured against Louisville at the end of October and has not played in the interim. He's been deemed "week-to-week" by HC Dave Clawson. Matt Coulburn would see starting work once more if Carney is unable to suit up for action against the Wolfpack on Saturday.
Tue, Nov 14, 2017 09:18:00 PM

Wake Forest redshirt senior TE Cam Serigne racked up seven receptions for 119 yards and three touchdowns in Saturday's 64-43 win at Syracuse.

Serigne returned to the end zone for the first time since Oct. 7 at Clemson, and it was his first 100-yard game of the season. He looked to be 100 percent healthy after leaving last weekend's game at Notre Dame due to an undisclosed injury. The NFL prospect has scored eight touchdowns through nine games this season. He'll look to continue the big production next weekend when N.C. State comes calling.
Sat, Nov 11, 2017 07:00:00 PM


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