Deacons Notes: Haynes healthy, but Wake Forest waits for Carney
Phil Haynes came back to Wake Forest’s offensive line after a one-game absence for an ankle injury, stabilizing the unit against Florida State. Quarterback John Wolford was sacked twice, completing 24 of 34 passes in a standout performance against a top-level defense.
More painful than his balky ankle was sitting out the Appalachian State game for Haynes.
“Before the season, that was one of the games you circle. Especially being from North Carolina. That was one of those games you want to go down and play in, you don’t want to be sitting on the sideline,” said Haynes, a Raleigh native.
Missing from last weekend’s game was running back Cade Carney, though.
Carney suffered a rib injury three weeks ago against Utah State. He was reinjured against the Mountaineers. The sophomore suited up against the Seminoles, but never saw the field. Coach Dave Clawson said he could have played in certain situations, but that it was better for him to rest. That could be the case again Saturday at Clemson – Clawson said he would be available again.
“Cade’s one of those guys who, like, on the field he’s young, but he has an old soul. He brings everybody together. We have a lot of leaders on the team, it’s not just one leader. And he’s definitely one of those leaders,” Haynes said of Carney. “Everybody brings something to the table and he brings stuff like that to the table that we missed last week.”
• HENDERSON’S PLAY OVERSHADOWED: Amari Henderson will be on Florida State’s highlight reel for giving up last week’s game-winning touchdown in single coverage against Auden Tate.
And that’s not close to representing Henderson’s performance against the Seminoles.
“The shame of Saturday is Amari Henderson played a really good game. People go back and it’s one play, and that’s the nature of secondary,” Clawson said. “I played secondary in college and our head coach was our secondary coach and he said, ‘You play the one position that you can grade out 99 percent and be the reason you don’t win the game.’ And that’s the nature of playing back there.”
Henderson had seven tackles and broke up two passes against the Seminoles.
• STEADY EYES: Clemson quarterback Kelly Bryant has started five games and beaten three ranked teams, two of those wins coming in charged-up hostile environments. He has the attention of most following college football.
And he has Wake Forest’s attention for how well he runs with the ball.
“It’s exciting but difficult because you have to keep your eyes back when you’re in the pass, or you’re dropping your zones, you have to make sure you have your eyes back on that QB because he can strike at any time and you have to be prepared to get up and tackle him at any time,” senior linebacker Jaboree Williams said. “Because he’s an exceptional player.”
• HOMECOMING AWARENESS: One of last weekend’s upsets was Troy winning at LSU, the Sun Belt school knocking off the Tigers on their homecoming. Toward the end of the game, Troy’s official Twitter account thanked LSU for having them for homecoming.
This week is Clemson’s homecoming, and sophomore safety Jessie Bates III was well aware of that by Tuesday morning.
“Get the crowd out of it because I know it’s their homecoming and it’s going to be loud,” Bates said as a key to the game.
Bates said he regularly checks if the Deacons are on a team’s schedule as the homecoming opponent.
“I mean, I don’t even think the other guys know, honestly. I just know personally, I just do a little research,” Bates said. “I’m not sure how other guys feel about that. I always look at other guys’ schedules, I’m a football guy so I like looking at other things.”
Wake Forest will face one other team, Georgia Tech on Oct. 21, as its homecoming opponent.
• ACC SCHEDULING: It was a tongue-and-cheek response this week when Clawson said he requests that the Atlantic Coast Conference schedule Florida State and Clemson in back-to-back weeks. He was later asked if he really did have a problem with it.
His response: “I think it’s fine. Every time the ACC schedule comes out, one team complains because everyone has a bye week before them, another team complains because they have a Friday night game, another team complains because their game times are all early and all late.
“There is no perfect schedule. And if somebody had a perfect schedule, everyone else would complain about it.”