2008 Wake Forest Demon Deacons football team

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2008 Wake Forest Demon Deacons football
Wake Forest University Athletic logo.svg
EagleBank Bowl champion
EagleBank Bowl, W 29–19 vs. Navy
Conference Atlantic Coast Conference
Division Atlantic
2008 record 8–5 (4–4 ACC)
Head coach Jim Grobe
Offensive coordinator Steed Lobotzke
Offensive scheme Spread
Defensive coordinator Brad Lambert
Base defense 4–3
Home stadium BB&T Field
(Capacity: 31,500, FieldTurf)
Seasons
← 2007
2009 →
2008 ACC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Atlantic Division
Boston College xy   5 3         9 5  
#21 Florida State x   5 3         9 4  
Maryland   4 4         8 5  
Wake Forest   4 4         8 5  
Clemson   4 4         7 6  
NC State   4 4         6 7  
Coastal Division
#15 Virginia Tech xy$   5 3         10 4  
#22 Georgia Tech x   5 3         9 4  
North Carolina   0 4         0 5  
Miami   4 4         7 6  
Virginia   3 5         5 7  
Duke   1 7         4 8  

Championship: Virginia Tech 30, Boston College 12
  • $ – BCS representative as conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
  • North Carolina vacated 8 wins, including 4 ACC wins
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2008 Wake Forest Demon Deacons football team represented Wake Forest University during the 2008 NCAA Division I FBS football season. It was Wake Forest's 56th season as a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC).

The Demon Deacons were led by eighth-year head coach Jim Grobe. Wake Forest played its home games at BB&T Field. The Deacons began their season on August 28 at Baylor. A win in the 2007 Meineke Car Care Bowl against UConn gave the Deacons twenty wins over the last two seasons.

The team is finished 8–5 overall and 4–4 in ACC play, and beat Navy in the inaugural EagleBank Bowl on December 20.

Before the season[edit]

Roster changes[edit]

Quarterback Zach MacDowell enrolled Coastal Carolina University in January, and will play there starting in 2008.[1]
Running back Lucas Caparelli was dismissed from the university after an off the field incident in January.[2]

Recruiting[edit]

On National Signing Day, the Demon Deacons received letters of intent from 17 players.

  • Andrew Parker TE 6-5 225 Jacksonville, Florida Bartram Trail
  • Terence Davis WR 6-1 180 Lilburn, Georgia Brookwood
  • Gabe Irby OL 6-3 315 Mt. Airy, Georgia Habersham Central
  • Ted Stachitas QB 6-3 185 Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida Nease
  • Derricus Ellis DE 6-2 225 Rome, Georgia Darlington School
  • Joey Ehrmann LB 6-4 210 Baltimore, Maryland Gilman
  • Ramon Booi DL 6-6 330 Jacksonville, Florida Nease
  • Scott Betros LB 6-1 220 Jacksonville, Florida Bolles School
  • Riley Haynes LB 6-1 225 Jacksonville, Florida Nease
  • Kevin Smith DE 6-4 210 Plano, Texas East
  • Lovell Jackson RB 5-10 170 Tampa, Florida Plant
  • Garrick Williams OL 6-4 314 Columbia, Missouri Rock Bridge
  • J.T. Dixon TE 6-4 230 Chandler, Arizona Hargrave Military
  • Chance Raines OL 6-2 270 Jacksonville, Florida Bolles School
  • Joe Looney OL 6-3 315 Lake Worth, Florida Lake Worth
  • Kenny Okoro CB 6-0 185 Greensboro, North Carolina Dudley
  • Chris Givens RB 6-0 200 Wylie, Texas Wylie[3]

Schedule[edit]

[4]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
August 28 8:00 PM at Baylor* No. 23 Floyd Casey StadiumWaco, Texas FSN W 41-13   30,633[5]
September 6 3:30 pm Ole Miss* No. 20 BB&T FieldWinston-Salem, North Carolina ABC/ESPN2 W 30-28   31,986[5]
September 20 7:00 PM at No. 25 Florida State No. 18 Doak Campbell StadiumTallahassee, Florida ESPN2 W 12-3   79,235[5]
September 27 3:45 PM Navy* No. 15 BB&T Field • Winston-Salem, North Carolina ESPNU L 24-17   33,173[5]
October 9 7:30 PM Clemson No. 21 BB&T Field • Winston-Salem, North Carolina ESPN W 12-7   33,988[5]
October 18 12:00 PM at Maryland No. 19 Byrd StadiumCollege Park, MD Raycom L 26-0   46,257[5]
October 25 12:00 PM at Miami Dolphin StadiumMiami Gardens, FL ESPNU L 16-10   41,208[5]
November 1 3:30 PM Duke BB&T Field • Winston-Salem, North Carolina ESPN360 W 33-30 OT  32,226[5]
November 8 3:30 PM Virginiadagger BB&T Field • Winston-Salem, North Carolina ESPNU W 28-17   34,014[5]
November 15 3:30 PM at North Carolina State Carter-Finley StadiumRaleigh, NC ESPNU L 21-17   56,174[5]
November 22 3:30 PM No. 25 Boston College BB&T Field • Winston-Salem, North Carolina ABC/ESPN2 L 24-21   30,373[5]
November 29 7:00 PM Vanderbilt* BB&T Field • Winston-Salem, North Carolina ESPNU W 23-10   25,902[5]
December 20 11:00 AM vs. Navy* RFK StadiumWashington, D.C. (EagleBank Bowl) ESPN W 29-19   28,777[5]
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from Coaches' Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.

Roster[edit]


Bold indicates started last game

Quarterbacks

  • 6 Brett Hodges – Redshirt Junior
  • 10 Christian Hartford – Freshman
  • 11 Riley SkinnerRedshirt Junior
  • 12 Skylar Jones – Redshirt Freshman
  • 13 Ted Stachitas – Freshman
  • 15 Ryan McManus – Senior
  • 32 Turner Faulk – Freshman

Running Backs

  • 14 CJ Washington – Redshirt Freshman
  • 20 Lovell Jackson – Freshman
  • 22 Brandon Pendergrass – Redshirt Freshman
  • 27 Josh Adams – Redshirt Sophomore
  • 34 Willie Dixon – Redshirt Freshman

Wide Receivers

  • 3 Devon Brown – Redshirt Freshman
  • 4 D.J. BoldinRedshirt Senior
  • 7 Jordan Williams – Sophomore
  • 8 Marshall Williams – Redshirt Sophomore
  • 17 Christopher Langley – Junior
  • 18 Danny Dembry – Redshirt Freshman
  • 21 Andrew Wright – Junior
  • 36 Casey Hill – Redshirt Junior
  • 81 Terence Davis – Freshman
  • 82 Chris Givens – Freshman
  • 86 Matt Hartford – Junior
  • 88 Chip BrinkmanRedshirt Senior

Fullbacks

  • 23 Kevin HarrisRedshirt Junior
  • 35 Rich Belton – Redshirt Senior
  • 44 Mike RinfretteRedshirt Junior
  • 48 Anthony Williams – Junior

Tight Ends

  • 80 Andrew ParkerFreshman
  • 83 Cameron Ford – Redshirt Freshman
  • 84 J.T. Dixon – Freshman
  • 85 Ben Wooster – Redshirt Junior
  • 89 Kenneth Coe – Sophomore
 

Offensive Linemen

  • 61 Barrett McMillin – Redshirt Junior
  • 62 Doug WeaverRedshirt Freshman
  • 64 Jeff GriffinRedshirt Junior
  • 65 Gage Crews – Redshirt Junior
  • 66 Chance Raines – Freshman
  • 67 Trey Bailey – Redshirt Junior
  • 69 Dennis Godfrey – Redshirt Freshman
  • 71 Ryan Britt – Redshirt Freshman
  • 72 Russell NenonRedshirt Sophomore
  • 74 Garrick Williams – Freshman
  • 75 Michael Hoag – Redshirt Freshman
  • 76 Joe BirdsongRedshirt Junior
  • 77 Boomer Peterson – Redshirt Junior
  • 78 Joe LooneyFreshman
  • 79 Gabe Irby – Freshman

Linebackers

  • 26 Jonathon Jones – Redshirt Junior
  • 32 Scott Betros – Freshman
  • 35 Lee Malchow – Junior
  • 39 Chantz McClinicRedshirt Senior
  • 40 Kyle Jarrett – Redshirt Freshman
  • 41 Michael Potteiger – Junior
  • 43 Stanley ArnouxRedshirt Senior
  • 45 Riley Haynes – Freshman
  • 46 Matt Woodlief – Redshirt Sophomore
  • 50 Joey Ehrmann – Freshman
  • 52 Dominique Midgett – Redshirt Junior
  • 54 Collin Granger – Redshirt Freshman
  • 55 Tristan Dorty – Redshirt Freshman
  • 56 Hunter Haynes – Redshirt Sophomore
  • 57 Gelo Orange – Redshirt Freshman
  • 59 Aaron CurryRedshirt Senior
  • 60 Barrett Powell – Freshman
  • 63 Andrew Conroy – Senior

Cornerbacks

  • 2 Alphonso SmithRedshirt Senior
  • 5 Marcus Williams – Redshirt Sophomore
  • 6 Kenny Okoro – Freshman
  • 17 Brandon GheeRedshirt Junior
  • 24 Michael Williams – Redshirt Freshman
  • 25 Josh Bush – Redshirt Freshman
  • 29 Kerry Major – Redshirt Senior
  • 37 Morgan Harris – Freshman
 

Safeties

  • 8 Geoff Wissing – Junior
  • 9 Chip VaughnRedshirt Senior
  • 10 Kevin PattersonRedshirt Senior
  • 21 Alex Frye – Redshirt Sophomore
  • 28 Cyhl Quarles – Redshirt Freshman
  • 30 John Stamper – Redshirt Freshman
  • 36 Peter Grimm – Redshirt Freshman
  • 37 Junior Petit-Jean – Redshirt Freshman

Defensive Ends

  • 34 Antonio Wilson – Redshirt Senior
  • 42 Matt RobinsonRedshirt Senior
  • 53 Joe Hall – Redshirt Freshman
  • 54 Derricus Ellis – Freshman
  • 90 Will Wright – Redshirt Freshman
  • 91 Kevin Smith – Freshman
  • 93 Anthony Davis – Redshirt Senior
  • 94 Tripp Russell – Redshirt Sophomore
  • 97 Kyle WilberRedshirt Freshman
  • 99 Michael Lockett – Redshirt Junior

Defensive Tackles

  • 51 John RussellRedshirt Junior
  • 58 Michael Carter – Redshirt Sophomore
  • 87 Ted Randolph – Redshirt Junior
  • 92 Bryson Dunmeyer – Freshman
  • 95 Ramon Booi – Freshman
  • 96 Boo RobinsonRedshirt Junior

Place Kickers

  • 14 Shane Popham – RedshirtFreshman
  • 21 Andrew Wright – Junior
  • 38 Sam Swank – Redshirt Senior

Punters

  • 14 Shane Popham – RedshirtFreshman
  • 38 Sam Swank – Redshirt Senior

Long Snappers

  • 53 Greg Bechtel – Junior
  • 54 Collin Granger – Redshirt Freshman

Kick Returners

  • 2 Alphonso Smith – Redshirt Senior
  • 3 Devon Brown – Redshirt Freshman
  • 21 Alex Frye – Redshirt Sophomore

Punt Returners

  • 2 Alphonso Smith – Redshirt Senior
     

Coaching staff[edit]

After the 2007 season, The Deacons had two assistant coaches accept other coaching positions. Defensive Coordinator Dean Hood accepted the head coaching job at Eastern Kentucky.[6] Quarterbacks coach Jeff Mullen left the Deacons to assume the Offensive Coordinator position at West Virginia.[7]

Position Name First year at WFU
Head Coach Jim Grobe 2001
Secondary Tim Billings 2006
Quarterbacks Tom Elrod 2003
Defensive Ends Keith Henry 2001
Defensive Coordinator Brad Lambert 2001
Offensive coordinator / Offensive line Steed Lobotzke 2001
Defensive Tackles Ray McCartney 2001
Assistant Head Coach / Running backs / Kickers Billy Mitchell 2001
Tight Ends / Fullbacks Steve Russ 2008
Wide Receivers Brian Knorr 2008
Source: http://wakeforestsports.cstv.com/sports/m-footbl/mtt/wake-m-footbl-mtt.html

Game summaries[edit]

Baylor[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Wake Forest 10 10 14 7 41
Baylor 0 6 0 7 13

In front of a national television audience, Riley Skinner threw for three touchdowns, including two to Chip Brinkman. Josh Adams and Brandon Pendergrass added touchdown runs in a lopsided 41-13 scoreline. Alphonso Smith and Alex Frye notched interceptions for the Deacons, who won their first ever game in the state of Texas.[8]

Ole Miss[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Ole Miss 7 7 0 14 28
Wake Forest 7 3 10 10 30

Sam Swank's 42 yd FG with three seconds remaining gave Wake Forest a thrilling 30-28 win over Ole Miss. In a game with several lead changes, Ole Miss took the lead with just over one minute remaining in the fourth quarter. Wake quarterback Riley Skinner led the Deacons down the field in 53 seconds to set up Swank's game winning field goal.[9]

Florida State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Wake Forest 3 0 6 3 12
Florida State 0 0 3 0 3

In a game that featured no touchdowns, Sam Swank made four field goals to lead the Demon Deacons to a 12-3 win in Tallahassee. The win was the Deacons' second consecutive win in Tallahassee, and the third straight overall over the Seminoles. The Wake Forest defense was stout, allowing Florida State under 250 yards of offense, and forcing seven turnovers, including five interceptions.[10]

Navy[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Navy 7 10 0 7 24
Wake Forest 0 0 10 7 17

Eric Kettani ran for a career-high 175 yards and backup quarterback Jarod Bryant scored the decisive touchdown in the fourth quarter, as Navy came into Winston-Salem and upset Wake Forest 24-17.[11]

Clemson[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Clemson 0 0 7 0 7
Wake Forest 3 0 0 9 12

Riley Skinner's 7-yard touchdown pass to DJ Boldin with 5:28 to go gave the Deacons a 12-7 win against Clemson. In a defensive battle, the Deacons' defense managed to hold Clemson to less than one yard per carry. Wake Forest dominated the game statistically but were unable to capitalize on several scoring chances. The sole turnover in the game was a Cullen Harper pass intercepted by Alphonso Smith, who tied a school record with his 17th career interception. Riley Skinner also threw for 186 yards and a touchdown on 22-of-34 passing, and also added 73 yards on the ground.[12]

Maryland[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Wake Forest 0 0 0 0 0
Maryland 7 6 6 7 26

Chris Turner completed 28-of-41 passes for 321 yards and a touchdown, and Maryland knocked off another top-25 team with a 26-0 thumping of No. 21 Wake Forest.[13]

Miami[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Wake Forest 7 3 0 0 10
Miami 3 0 10 3 16

Wake Forest was not able to maintain a halftime lead in falling against Miami. The Deacons were unable to mount much offense in the second half, and a Robert Marve QB sneak in the third quarter ended up being the game-winner. Fullback Mike Rinfrette scored the lone Deacons touchdown on a one-yard run on Wake's first offensive series.[14]

Duke[edit]

1 2 3 4 OT Total
Duke 7 0 13 10 0 30
Wake Forest 9 3 10 8 3 33

In a back and forth affair, Wake Forest held off Duke 33-30 in an overtime battle. Alphonso Smith blocked a punt for a safety and had two interceptions for the Deacons, including one in overtime to end the game. Riley Skinner had a touchdown pass to DJ Boldin, and also scored on a quarterback sneak. The Blue Devils had their chance to win at the end of regulation, but missed a 42-yard field goal that would have won it. Aaron Curry led the Deacons with 16 tackles.[15]

Virginia[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Virginia 0 3 0 14 17
Wake Forest 14 14 0 0 28

On homecoming weekend in Winston-Salem, the Demon Deacons dazzled fans en route to a 28-3 halftime advantage. Riley Skinner threw two touchdown passes in the first half, including a 58-yard strike to Devon Brown. Kevin Patterson gave the Wake defense their first touchdown of the season, as e brought back a UVA pass for a 53-yard touchdown. Wake Forest turned more conservative in the second half, and allowed UVA to pick up a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns, but the lead was safe, and the Deacons claimed bowl eligibility for the third consecutive season.[16]

NC State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Wake Forest 7 7 3 0 17
NC State 7 7 0 7 21

Russell Wilson threw the game-winning touchdown to Anthony Hill will ten minutes remaining, and NC State held off Wake Forest 21-17 in Raleigh. DJ Boldin had a hand in both Wake touchdowns, throwing a pass to Marshall Williams for a 64-yard touchdown, and catching a 7 yarder of his own. Williams had his first career 100 yard receiving day, grabbing 7 balls for 116 yards.[17]

Boston College[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Boston College 3 13 0 8 24
Wake Forest 0 7 7 7 21

Backup quarterback Dominique Davis scored on a one-yard quarterback sneak in the final minutes to send Wake Forest to their second straight close defeat. In a defensive battle, the Demon Deacon defense scored two touchdowns, and a punt block set up the third. Kevin Patterson and Kyle Wilbur returned fumbles for touchdowns, and Rich Belton caught a 1-yard touchdown pass from Riley Skinner. This game also saw the return of kicker Sam Swank, who missed several weeks with injury.[18]

Vanderbilt[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Vanderbilt 3 0 0 7 10
Wake Forest 3 7 7 6 23

Three different Deacons ran for touchdowns as Wake held off Vanderbilt 23-10 in each team's regular season finale. Brandon Pendergrass, Kevin Harris, and Rich Belton got in the endzone, and Alphonso Smith tied the ACC record for career interceptions. The win guaranteed Wake Forest their third consecutive winning season.[19]

Navy[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Wake Forest 0 7 7 15 29
Navy 10 3 0 6 19

Wake Forest scored 29 points in the last 31 minutes of action to win the inaugural EagleBank Bowl, and took revenge on Navy for a regular season defeat. Josh Adams got in the end zone twice for Wake Forest, who also got touchdowns from Ben Wooster and Rich Belton. Alphonso Smith intercepted a second quarter pass to break Dre Bly's ACC record for career interceptions. The Deacons outrushed the potent Navy option attack, led by a career high 136 yards from Kevin Harris, and Riley Skinner set a FBS bowl record by completing eleven passes without an incompletion.[20]

Post Season[edit]

Conference[edit]

  • All-ACC First Team
DJ Boldin (WR)
Aaron Curry (LB)
Alphonso Smith (CB)
  • All-ACC Honorable Mention
Boo Robinson (DE)
Riley Skinner (QB)
[21]

National[edit]

  • Aaron Curry (LB)- 2008 Butkus Award Winner, 2nd Team AP All-American, 2nd Team Sporting News All-American, 2nd Team Rivals.com All-American
  • Alphonso Smith (CB)- 1st Team AP All-American, 2nd Team Sporting News All-American, 2nd Team Rivals.com All-American

Roster changes[edit]

Rankings[edit]

Ranking Movement
Poll Pre Wk 1 Wk 2 Wk 3 Wk 4 Wk 5 Wk 6 Wk 7 Wk 8 Wk 9 Wk 10 Wk 11 Wk 12 Wk 13 Wk 14 Wk 15 Final
AP #23 #20 #20 #18 #16 #25 #21 #21 NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR
Coaches #23 #20 #19 #18 #15 #25 #21 #19 NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR
Harris Not released #25 #22 #21 NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR
BCS Not released NR NR NR #24 NR NR NR NR NR

Scores by quarter[edit]

1 2 3 4 OT Total
Wake Forest 63 61 64 82 3 273
Opponents 54 55 39 90 0 238

References[edit]