2007 Wake Forest Demon Deacons football team

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2007 Wake Forest Demon Deacons football
Wake Forest University Athletic logo.svg
Conference Atlantic Coast Conference Atlantic
2007 record 9-4 (5-3 ACC)
Head coach Jim Grobe
Offensive coordinator Steed Lobotzke
Offensive scheme Spread
Defensive coordinator Dean Hood
Base defense 4-3
Home stadium BB&T Field
(c. 31,500, FieldTurf)
Seasons
« 2006 2008 »
2007 ACC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Atlantic
#10 Boston College x   6 2         11 3  
#21 Clemson   5 3         9 4  
Wake Forest   5 3         9 4  
Florida State   4 4         7 6  
Maryland   3 5         6 7  
NC State   3 5         5 7  
Coastal
#9 Virginia Tech x   7 1         11 3  
Virginia   6 2         9 4  
Georgia Tech   4 4         7 6  
North Carolina   3 5         4 8  
Miami   2 6         5 7  
Duke   0 8         1 11  

Championship: Virginia Tech 30, Boston College 16
† – BCS representative as champion
‡ – BCS at-large representative
x – Division champion/co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2007 Wake Forest Demon Deacons football team represented Wake Forest University during the 2007 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The team was coached by Jim Grobe in his seventh season at the school and played its home games at BB&T Field. The team began its season with an Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) game on Saturday, September 1, 2007 against Boston College. Wake Forest played its first season since winning the 2006 ACC championship, their first in 36 years.[1]

Preseason[edit]

Following the most successful season in team history in 2006, the 2007 team was not widely predicted to win the ACC despite returning many offensive starters from 2006.[1] Some sports writers stated that they believed 2006 to have been a fluke and that Wake Forest was not going to win as many games in 2007, especially because of the losses on defense, including the loss of linebacker Jon Abbate to the National Football League.[2] Wake Forest was picked to finish fourth in the Atlantic Division of the ACC in the annual preseason poll conducted by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association. Lindy's was the only major preseason magazine to pick Wake Forest as a Top-25 team.[3]

Roster changes[edit]

Linebacker Eric Berry was ruled academically ineligible for the 2007 season.[4]
Mike Rinfrette moved from fullback to linebacker in spring practice.

Recruiting[edit]

On National Signing Day, Wake Forest signed 20 recruits in all, eleven defensive players and nine offensive players.

Award candidates[edit]

  • Steve Justice (C)- 2007 Lombardi Trophy Watch List;[5] 2007 Outland Trophy Watch List;[6] 2007 Rimington Trophy Watch List [7]
  • Zac Selmon (TE)- 2007 Wuerffel Trophy Nominee [8]
  • Riley Skinner (QB) 2007 Maxwell Award Watch List;[9] 2007 Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award Watch List [10]
  • Sam Swank (P)- 2007 Ray Guy Award Watch List [11]

Roster[edit]

Bold indicates starter in last game

Quarterbacks

  • 6 Brett Hodges - Redshirt Sophomore
  • 10 Zach MacDowall - Redshirt Freshman
  • 11 Riley Skinner - Redshirt Sophomore
  • 12 Skylar Jones - Freshman
  • 13 Ryan McManus - Junior

Running Backs

  • 3 Micah Andrews - Redshirt Senior
  • 20 Lucas Caparelli - Redshirt Freshman
  • 22 Brandon Pendergrass - Freshman
  • 23 Kevin Harris - Redshirt Sophomore
  • 27 Josh Adams - Redshirt Freshman
  • 34 Willie Dixon - Freshman
  • 49 Jose Domenach - Freshman

Wide Receivers

  • 4 Demir Boldin - Redshirt Junior
  • 8 Marshall Williams - Redshirt Freshman
  • 8 Geoff Wissing - Sophomore
  • 14 Kevin Marion - Redshirt Senior
  • 15 Delon Lowe - Redshirt Senior
  • 17 Christopher Langley - Sophomore
  • 21 Kenneth Moore - Redshirt Senior
  • 22 CJ Washington - Freshman
  • 24 Trey Schmidt - Senior
  • 36 Casey Hill - Redshirt Sophomore
  • 36 Nicholas Schulz - Freshman
  • 37 Max Opamuratawongse - Senior
  • 48 Anthony Williams - Sophomore
  • 80 Devon Brown - Freshman
  • 81 Danny Dembry - Freshman
  • 82 Jordan Williams - Freshman
  • 86 Matt Hartford - Sophomore
  • 88 Chip Brinkman - Redshirt Junior

Fullbacks

  • 18 De'Angelo Bryant - Redshirt Senior
  • 35 Rich Belton - Redshirt Junior

Tight Ends

  • 83 Cameron Ford - Freshman
  • 84 Zac Selmon - Redshirt Senior
  • 85 Ben Wooster - Redshirt Sophomore
  • 87 Ted Randolph - Redshirt Sophomore
  • 89 John Tereshinski - Redshirt Senior
 

Offensive Linemen

  • 60 Mike White - Freshman
  • 61 Barrett McMillin - Redshirt Sophomore
  • 62 Doug Weaver - Freshman
  • 64 Jeff Griffin - Redshirt Sophomore
  • 65 Gage Crews - Redshirt Sophomore
  • 67 Trey Bailey - Redshirt Sophomore
  • 68 David Cox - Freshman
  • 70 Chris DeGeare - Junior
  • 71 Ryan Britt - Freshman
  • 72 Russell Nenon - Redshirt Freshman
  • 73 Cannon Gaskin - Redshirt Freshman
  • 74 Steve Justice - Redshirt Senior
  • 75 Michael Hoag - Freshman
  • 76 Joe Birdsong - Redshirt Sophomore
  • 77 Boomer Peterson - Redshirt Sophomore
  • 78 Louis Frazier - Redshirt Senior
  • 79 Matthew Brim - Redshirt Senior

Linebackers

  • 28 Cyhl Quarles - Freshman
  • 35 Lee Malchow - Sophomore
  • 39 Chantz McClinic - Redshirt Junior
  • 40 Kyle Jarrett - Freshman
  • 43 Stanley Arnoux - Redshirt Junior
  • 44 Mike Rinfrette - Redshirt Sophomore
  • 45 Mike Simmons - Redshirt Junior
  • 46 Matt Woodlief - Redshirt Freshman
  • 49 Michael Potteiger - Sophomore
  • 52 Dominique Midgett - Redshirt Sophomore
  • 55 Tristan Dorty - Freshman
  • 56 Hunter Haynes - Redshirt Freshman
  • 57 Gelo Orange - Freshman
  • 59 Aaron Curry - Redshirt Junior
  • 63 Andrew Conroy - Junior
  • 66 Collin Granger - Freshman
  • 94 Tripp Russell - Redshirt Freshman

Cornerbacks

  • 2 Alphonso Smith - Redshirt Junior
  • 5 Marcus Williams - Redshirt Freshman
  • 17 Brandon Ghee - Redshirt Sophomore
  • 24 Channing Schofield - Redshirt Sophomore
  • 25 Josh Bush - Freshman
  • 29 Kerry Major - Redshirt Junior
  • 41 Mike Williams - Freshman
 

Safeties

  • 7 Alex Frye - Redshirt Freshman
  • 9 Chip Vaughn - Redshirt Junior
  • 10 Kevin Patterson - Redshirt Junior
  • 25 Andrew Wright - Junior
  • 26 Jonathon Jones - Redshirt Sophomore
  • 28 Peter Grimm - Freshman
  • 30 John Stamper - Freshman
  • 32 Aaron Mason - Redshirt Senior
  • 37 Junior Petit-Jean - Freshman

Defensive Ends

  • 34 Antonio Wilson - Redshirt Junior
  • 42 Matt Robinson - Redshirt Senior
  • 90 Will Wright - Freshman
  • 93 Anthony Davis - Redshirt Junior
  • 94 Tripp Russell - Redshirt Freshman
  • 97 Kyle Wilber - Freshman
  • 98 Jeremy Thompson - Senior

Defensive Tackles

  • 50 Teddy Tomlin - Redshirt Freshman
  • 51 John Russell - Redshirt Sophomore
  • 58 Michael Carter - Redshirt Freshman
  • 91 Dennis Godfrey - Freshman
  • 95 Zach Stukes - Redshirt Senior
  • 96 Boo Robinson - Redshirt Sophomore
  • 99 Michael Lockett - Redshirt Sophomore

Place Kickers

  • 30 Shane Popham - Freshman
  • 38 Sam Swank - Redshirt Junior
  • 40 Zach Collins - Freshman
  • 69 Win Joyner - Freshman

Punters

  • 38 Sam Swank - Redshirt Junior

Long Snappers

  • 53 Greg Bechtel - Sophomore
  • 92 Nick Jarvis - Senior

Kick Returners

  • 2 Alphonso Smith - Redshirt Junior
  • 14 Kevin Marion - Redshirt Senior
  • 21 Kenneth Moore - Redshirt Senior

Punt Returners

  • 21 Kenneth Moore - Redshirt Senior
     

Personnel[edit]

Position Name First year at WFU
Head Coach Jim Grobe 2001
Wide Receivers Tim Billings 2006
Fullbacks / Tight ends Tom Elrod 2003
Defensive Ends Keith Henry 2001
Defensive coordinator / Secondary Dean Hood 2001
Linebackers Brad Lambert 2001
Offensive coordinator / Offensive line Steed Lobotzke 2001
Defensive tackles Ray McCartney 2001
Assistant Head Coach / Running backs / Kickers Billy Mitchell 2001
Quarterbacks Jeff Mullen 2001
Source: http://wakeforestsports.cstv.com/sports/m-footbl/mtt/wake-m-footbl-mtt.html

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 1 3:30 PM at Boston College Alumni StadiumChestnut Hill, MA ABC L 38-28   42,292
September 8 12:00 PM #17 Nebraska* BB&T FieldWinston-Salem, NC ESPN L 20-17   32,483
September 15 3:30 PM Army*dagger BB&T Field • Winston-Salem, NC ACC Select W 21-10   32,142
September 22 3:30 PM Maryland BB&T Field • Winston-Salem, NC ESPNU W 31-24 OT  31,964
October 6 1:00 PM at Duke Wallace Wade StadiumDurham, NC ACC Select W 41-36   20,134
October 11 7:30 PM #21 Florida State BB&T Field • Winston-Salem, NC ESPN W 24-21   32,906
October 20 1:00 PM at Navy* Navy-Marine Corps Memorial StadiumAnnapolis, MD CSTV W 44-24   36,992
October 27 12:00 PM North Carolina BB&T Field • Winston-Salem, NC LFS W 37-10   33,023
November 3 12:00 PM at Virginia Scott StadiumCharlottesville, VA LFS L 17-16   60,106
November 10 12:00 PM at #20 Clemson Memorial StadiumClemson, SC ESPN2 L 44-10   82,422
November 17 4:00 PM North Carolina State BB&T Field • Winston-Salem, NC ESPNU W 38-18   33,052
November 24 2:00 PM at Vanderbilt* Vanderbilt StadiumNashville, TN W 31-17   27,650
December 29 1:00 PM vs. Connecticut* Bank of America StadiumCharlotte, NC (Meineke Car Care Bowl) ESPN W 24-10   53,126
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from Coaches' Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.

Game capsules[edit]

Boston College[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Wake Forest 14 7 0 7 28
Boston College 7 14 14 3 38

[12]


Nebraska[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Nebraska 3 10 7 0 20
Wake Forest 0 10 7 0 17

[13]

Army[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Army 0 7 3 0 10
Wake Forest 14 7 0 0 21

[14]

Maryland[edit]

1 2 3 4 OT Total
Maryland 10 7 7 0 0 24
Wake Forest 3 0 7 14 7 31

[15]

Duke[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Wake Forest 7 17 10 7 41
Duke 9 0 14 13 36

[16]

Florida State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Florida State 0 14 0 7 21
Wake Forest 0 7 7 10 24

[17]

Navy[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Wake Forest 14 13 10 7 44
Navy 10 7 7 0 24

[18]

North Carolina[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
North Carolina 0 3 0 7 10
Wake Forest 10 7 6 14 37

[19]

Virginia[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Wake Forest 3 3 7 3 16
Virginia 3 7 0 7 17


Clemson[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Wake Forest 7 0 3 0 10
Clemson 10 17 10 7 44

[20]

North Carolina State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
North Carolina State 0 3 15 0 18
Wake Forest 7 14 7 10 38

[21]

Vanderbilt[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Wake Forest 7 7 17 0 31
Vanderbilt 3 0 0 14 17

[22]

Connecticut[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Connecticut 7 3 0 0 10
Wake Forest 0 0 14 10 24

[23]

Post Season[edit]

Conference[edit]

  • All-ACC First Team
Kenneth Moore (WR)
Steve Justice (C)
Alphonso Smith (CB)
  • All-ACC Second Team
Josh Adams (RB)
Aaron Curry (LB)
  • All-ACC Honorable Mention
Chip Vaughn (S)
Sam Swank (K)
Kevin Marion (KR)[25]
  • Josh Adams (RB)- 2007 ACC Rookie of the Year and 2007 ACC Offensive Rookie of the Year [26]
  • Matt Robinson (DE)- 2007 ACC Brian Piccolo Award [27]

National[edit]

2007 AFCA First Team All-American[29]
  • Louis Frazier (OT) - 2007 ESPN Academic All-American[30]

References[edit]