Hinton to return to Wake Forest for final season, to play WR
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — Wake Forest says Kendall Hinton will return for his final season and is expected to play only at wide receiver.
Coach Dave Clawson on Thursday announced that Hinton would be back for his redshirt senior season.
Hinton played both receiver and quarterback last season, catching six passes for 61 yards. He also rushed for two scores in 2018.
Wake Forest WR Greg Dortch leaving early for NFL draft
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — Wake Forest receiver Greg Dortch says he is skipping his final two college seasons and entering the NFL draft.
Dortch announced his decision Sunday night, a day after the Demon Deacons beat Memphis 37-34 in the Birmingham Bowl.
Coach Dave Clawson said in a statement issued by the school that he supports the move and called Dortch "an exceptional player."
Newman leads Wake Forest past Memphis 37-34 in bowl comeback
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Jamie Newman's season started on a sour note and finished on a sweet one.
Newman ran for a 1-yard touchdown with 34 seconds left to cap a big performance and Wake Forest's comeback in a 37-34 victory over Memphis in the Birmingham Bowl on Saturday. The quarterback who lost the competition for the starting job in fall camp, then replaced an injured Sam Hartman, delivered big play after big play in a storybook ending to the season.
Wake promotes Hemphill to defensive coordinator
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — Wake Forest has promoted safeties coach Lyle Hemphill to defensive coordinator.
Coach Dave Clawson on Sunday also made defensive line coach Dave Cohen his assistant head coach for defense.
The moves came two months after defensive coordinator Jay Sawvel was fired following a 56-28 loss to Notre Dame.
Wake Forest bowl eligible with 59-7 win over Duke
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Wake Forest's roster was decimated by injuries before the 2018 season began, and things only got worse as the games came and went. So it was easy to understand the jubilant cheers of "We goin' bowling!" that echoed from their locker room after they knocked off another in-state opponent on the road to earn bowl eligibility.
Wake Forest bowl eligible with 59-7 win over Duke
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Cade Carney rushed for a career-high 223 yards and Wake Forest closed out its regular season with a 59-7 win over Duke on Saturday.
Wake Forest (6-6, 3-5 ACC) secured bowl eligibility for the third time in coach Dave Clawson's five seasons at the school.
Wake Forest QB Hartman out for season with leg injury
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — Wake Forest says starting quarterback Sam Hartman will miss the rest of the season with a leg injury.
Coach Dave Clawson disclosed Hartman's injury on Sunday, a day after he was hurt during a 41-24 loss to Syracuse.
Hartman had started all nine games for the Demon Deacons (4-5, 1-4 ACC) but becomes the 12th Wake Forest player to suffer a season-ending injury. He was 161 of 291 for 1,984 yards and 16 touchdowns.
Florida State, Wake look to get second half started right
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida State and Wake Forest are desperate for a win with both coming off bye weeks and begin the second half of the season.
The Seminoles and Demon Deacons face off on Saturday in an ACC Atlantic Division matchup of programs that are looking to get back on track after shaky starts.
Dortch has 4 TD catches; Wake Forest routs Rice 56-24
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — The last few weeks were trying times for Wake Forest's defense. They allowed 41 points in a loss to Boston College. They yielded 56 in another defeat at the hands of Notre Dame. They watched their coordinator lose his job.
On Saturday, players and coaches alike said they got back to having fun. It showed. The Demon Deacons scored two defensive touchdowns for the first time since 2008 and cruised to a 56-24 win over Rice.
Wake Forest looks to get back on track against Rice
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — Wake Forest's defense had no way to stop its last two opponents. The Demon Deacons should find it easier to slow Rice.
The struggling Owls visit Wake Forest on Saturday in the Demon Deacons' first game since firing their defensive coordinator in the aftermath of a blowout loss to No. 8 Notre Dame.
Wake Forest fires defensive coordinator after ND loss
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — Wake Forest has fired defensive coordinator Jay Sawvel.
Coach Dave Clawson announced the move Sunday, a day after the Demon Deacons' 56-27 loss to No. 8 Notre Dame , while saying it was "not a spur of the moment decision."
Wake lists Hinton as backup to Hartman at QB for ND game
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — Kendall Hinton is back for Wake Forest — but as a backup quarterback.
Coach Dave Clawson on Tuesday listed Hinton as the backup to freshman Sam Hartman for the Demon Deacons' game against No. 8 Notre Dame (3-0) this weekend.
BC, Wake squeezing in ACC matchup before Florence hits
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — Wake Forest and Boston College will try to beat Hurricane Florence — and each other.
The Demon Deacons (2-0) play host to the Eagles (2-0) on Thursday in a key Atlantic Coast Conference matchup moved ahead two hours in an attempt to finish before the hurricane reaches central North Carolina.
"It's a decision of, is it safe?" Wake Forest coach Dave Clawson said. "It looks like we can do it in a safe way for our players, for BC's players and for our fans.
Wake Forest looks to keep Hartman rolling vs Towson
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — No Wake Forest quarterback had a better starting debut than Sam Hartman. The freshman wants to keep it going in Week 2.
The Demon Deacons (1-0) play host to Towson (1-0) of the FCS on Saturday, and they hope Hartman will be just as effective against the Tigers as he was in his first college start.
Wake Forest rides untested QB into opener at Tulane
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — As confident as Wake Forest coach Dave Clawson is about the experience on his roster and the program he has built, he won't downplay the uncertainty that comes with opening a season on the road with a true freshman quarterback who wasn't projected to start this season.
Clawson has to hope that Sam Hartman looks as good under center at Tulane on Thursday night as he did during his best moments at practice this month.
Wake Forest looks to take another step forward
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — Patience has been a necessity through the years at Wake Forest. Fifth-year coach Dave Clawson hopes it continues to pay off.
After following two 3-9 finishes with two bowl victories, Clawson has what appears to be his best team yet at the school — one that could contend for a title in a tough division that also features perennial ACC powers Clemson and Florida State.
Wake Forest adds 2 grad transfer kickers
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — Wake Forest has added two graduate transfer kickers, including one who has spent five years serving a military tour of duty.
Coach Dave Clawson added Darren Ford and Eric Osteen to the team Tuesday. Ford kicked and punted at Division III Hope College while Osteen completed his military service after graduating from West Point in 2013.
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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — Wake Forest has suspended projected starting quarterback Kendall Hinton and tight end Thomas Cole for the first three games of the season.
The team announced the suspension Thursday, saying it was for a violation of team rules. The team didn't publicly specify the nature of the violation.
Hinton is a redshirt junior with four career starts. He emerged from spring practices as the projected starter after the departure of four-year starter John Wolford.
Next up is the spring game for Wake Forest’s football team, rain or shine or anything else.
The kicker position still gives Coach Dave Clawson cause for concern, with Wake Forest now two practices and a spring game away from finishing its spring football session.
But at linebacker, the Deacons’ other pressing concern, there are reasons for optimism.
The challenge is 5,000 reps.
That’s how many times Chuck Wade needs to line up at safety to become comfortable there, he’s been told by Wake Forest coaches. He actually thinks he’ll need more, but that he can get there before the Aug. 30 opener at Tulane.
Spring practice has started for Wake Forest’s football team, which comes at an opportune time on the calendar since the men’s basketball team is off until Saturday and the women’s ACC Tournament lines up for the Deacons to play the final game each night, as long as they win.
Wake Forest opens spring practice with a little rust
It had been two months, almost to the day, when Wake Forest’s football team last practiced.
So with Monday’s first spring practice, there was understandably some rust.
Deacon Notes: Wade, Byrd move into secondary ahead of spring practice
Reinforcements are coming for Wake Forest’s secondary in a few forms.
The most notable reinforcements are coming via position changes, with Arkeem Byrd moving from running back to cornerback and Chuck Wade going from receiver to safety.
It was the end of October when former Wake Forest quarterback Riley Skinner texted John Wolford and told him to “stop breaking my records.” Wolford said that with a laugh, the friendly rivalry of Deacons quarterbacks of past and present hailing from rival schools in Jacksonville.
Wolford throws 4 TD passes, Wake Forest tops Texas A&M 55-52
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Wake Forest coach Dave Clawson called it a fitting ending to senior quarterback John Wolford's adversity-filled career — one where nothing seemed to come easy.
The four-year starter who battled through two difficult sack-filled 3-9 seasons to begin his career, threw for 400 yards and four touchdowns to help Wake Forest beat Texas A&M 55-52 in the Belk Bowl on Friday.
Dave Clawson was ready to be finished with a news conference after spending about 20 minutes talking about the Belk Bowl, Texas A&M, his offensive line and how Wake Forest is approaching finals.
The competitiveness of John Wolford being what it is, Coach Dave Clawson sought out his quarterback after Wake Forest’s comeback victory at Syracuse last month. Clawson wanted the senior to know, “Hey, this was special,” to win a game by 21 in which the Deacons trailed by 17.
Duke, Wake Forest meet with strong postseason implications
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — Wake Forest wants to keep climbing up the Atlantic Coast Conference's postseason pecking order. For Duke, any bowl will do.
The Demon Deacons (7-4, 4-3) play host to the Blue Devils (5-6, 2-5) on Saturday in what amounts to a mythical state championship matchup with significant postseason implications for both teams.
"We just know that at this point," Duke safety Alonzo Saxton said, "it's win or go home."
YPSILANTI, Mich. — Bowling Green's nightmarish season came to an end Tuesday night.
The Falcons' finale was what most saw for much of the season — a team that struggled to get stops when it needed, let alone at all, and one that hurt itself at the most costly of times.
No. 25 NC State looks to finish strong against Wake Forest
No. 25 North Carolina State (7-3, 5-1 ACC, CFP No. 19) at Wake Forest (6-4, 3-3), Saturday, 7:30 p.m. ET (ESPNU)
NC State-Wake Forest headlines Week 12 in ACC
Things to watch in the Atlantic Coast Conference in Week 12:
The quarterback is athletic, tough, gritty, knows how to win, has a strong arm and can make any throw he’s asked to make.
Which one — Wake Forest’s John Wolford or Syracuse’s Eric Dungey — does that description fit?
The tape didn’t lie, nor did it reveal anything surprising about Wake Forest’s defense during last weekend’s loss to Notre Dame.
“Honestly, we kind of saw … what we thought had happened. (It) was just we didn’t execute our defense,” senior linebacker Grant Dawson said Tuesday.
No. 5 Irish, Wake Forest take offense to defensive reunion
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly can deal with a game-time reunion of defensive assistants Mike Elko and Clark Lea with their former boss, Wake Forest coach Dave Clawson.
Whether Kelly's fifth-ranked Fighting Irish (7-1, No. 3 CFP) can deal on the field with the explosive Demon Deacons (5-3) is another matter.
Wake Forest visits No. 5 ND, ex-defensive coordinator Elko
Wake Forest (5-3) at No. 5 Notre Dame (7-1, CFP No. 3), Saturday, 3:30 p.m. ET (NBC)
Line: Notre Dame by 14
Series record: Notre Dame leads, 3-0.
WHAT'S AT STAKE
Notre Dame has steamrolled its last six opponents by a 27.2 scoring margin and will try to avoid an upset at the hands of the Demon Deacons, who are fresh off a 42-32 over Louisville. Wake Forest is trying to become bowl eligible for a second straight season.
The injury luck ran out for Wake Forest on Saturday in more than just losing leading receiver Greg Dortch for the rest of the season.
Wake’s Carney, Bates to miss Notre Dame game with injuries
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — Wake Forest won't have running back Cade Carney and safety Jessie Bates for this week's game at No. 5 Notre Dame.
Coach Dave Clawson said Tuesday that the two players won't play Saturday but their injuries are not season-ending, do not require surgery and "hopefully we'll have them in a couple weeks."
My Take On Wake: Bassey’s game-changing interception easy to overlook
Yesterday wasn’t the first time I’ve seen Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson play football, but it might as well have been.
Yesterday wasn’t the first time I’ve seen Lamar Jackson play football, but it might as well have been.
Dortch catches 4 TDs, Wake Forest beats Louisville 42-32
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — Wake Forest's Greg Dortch kept zipping around, finding inventive ways to reach the end zone. For a change, the most explosive player in a Louisville game was someone other than Heisman Trophy-winner Lamar Jackson.
Dortch caught a school-record four of John Wolford's five touchdown passes in Wake Forest's 42-32 victory over the Cardinals on Saturday.
"The impact he's had is, we have a big-play threat," coach Dave Clawson said of Dortch, "and that opens up everything."
Wake Forest hosts Louisville looking to end 3-game skid
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — Wake Forest has one game left in its brutal midseason run, and coach Dave Clawson wants his team to get better at finishing — individual games, and this tough stretch of the schedule.
The Demon Deacons play host to Louisville and reigning Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson on Saturday, hoping to end a three-game losing streak with the marquee victory that has so far eluded them.
It was coincidence and good timing that the Wake Forest’s bye week landed on the same part of the calendar as the school’s fall break, so three days away from football and school was a time to recharge.
Staff writer Brant Wilkerson-New, after N.C. State's important football victory over Louisville, sets you up for the remainder of the ACC weekend.
CLEMSON — Wake Forest coach Dave Clawson was asked the question at his Tuesday press conference and then again during the ACC coaches teleconference on Wednesday.
When the Wake Forest Demon Deacons (4-1, 1-1 ACC) head into Clemson’s Death Valley Saturday (noon, ESPN2), they will do so with a confidence that has not been felt within the program since the 2007 season in which they finished 11-1 and went on to face the Louisville Cardinals in the Orange Bowl.
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.
Known for turning teams around, Wake Forest coach Dave Clawson has Demon Deacons climbing the ladder
CLEMSON — Dabo Swinney is the first to admit the obvious: he is not at Wake Forest every day to see the Demon Deacons practice. He does not see them play live. All he has to go on is what he sees on film as Clemson prepares to host Wake Forest on Saturday.
Winless Florida State visits unbeaten Wake Forest
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — Florida State's visit to Wake Forest on Saturday will match an undefeated team against one trying for its first victory.
But the teams aren't in the roles you might expect.
This time it's the perennial-powerhouse Seminoles (0-2, 0-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) who are winless and the Demon Deacons (4-0, 1-0) who are trying to keep things rolling entering the heart of conference play.