2017 Wake Forest Demon Deacons Football Team
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2017 Wake Forest Demon Deacons Football Team

2017 Wake Forest Demon Deacons football
Wake Forest University Athletic logo.svg
Belk Bowl champion
Belk Bowl, W 55-52 vs. Texas A&M
ConferenceAtlantic Coast Conference
DivisionAtlantic Division
2017 record8-5 (4-4 ACC)
Head coachDave Clawson (4th season)
Offensive coordinatorWarren Ruggiero (4th season)
Defensive coordinatorJay Sawvel (1st season)
Home stadiumBB&T Field
(Capacity: 31,500, FieldTurf)
Seasons
← 2016
2018 →
2017 Atlantic Coast Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Atlantic Division
No. 4 Clemson xy$^   7 1         12 2  
No. 23 NC State   6 2         9 4  
Boston College   4 4         7 6  
Louisville   4 4         8 5  
Wake Forest   4 4         8 5  
Florida State   3 5         7 6  
Syracuse   2 6         4 8  
Coastal Division
No. 13 Miami xy   7 1         10 3  
No. 24 Virginia Tech   5 3         9 4  
Georgia Tech   4 4         5 6  
Duke   3 5         7 6  
Pittsburgh   3 5         5 7  
Virginia   3 5         6 7  
North Carolina   1 7         3 9  
Championship: Clemson 38, Miami 3
  • ^ – College Football Playoff participant
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2017 Wake Forest Demon Deacons football team represented Wake Forest University during the 2017 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The team was led by fourth-year head coach Dave Clawson, and played their home games at BB&T Field. Wake Forest competed in the Atlantic Division of the Atlantic Coast Conference as they have since the league's inception in 1953. They finished the season 8-5, 4-4 in ACC play to finish in a three-way tie for third place in the Atlantic Division. They were invited to the Belk Bowl where they defeated Texas A&M.

Recruits

Schedule

DateTimeOpponentSiteTVResultAttendance
August 316:30 p.m.Presbyterian*ACCN ExtraW 51-722,643
September 91:00 p.m.at Boston CollegeACCN ExtraW 34-1038,082
September 163:00 p.m.Utah State*dagger
  • BB&T Field
  • Winston-Salem, NC
ACCN ExtraW 46-1027,971
September 233:30 p.m.at Appalachian State*ESPN3W 20-1935,126
September 303:30 p.m.Florida State
  • BB&T Field
  • Winston-Salem, NC
ABCL 19-2631,588
October 712:00 p.m.at No. 2 ClemsonESPN2L 14-2880,567
October 217:30 p.m.at Georgia TechESPNUL 24-3845,224
October 2812:20 p.m.Louisville
  • BB&T Field
  • Winston-Salem, NC
ACCNW 42-3229,593
November 43:30 p.m.at No. 5 Notre Dame*NBCL 37-4877,622
November 113:00 p.m.at SyracuseACCRSNW 64-4338,539
November 187:30 p.m.No. 25 NC State
ESPNUW 30-2431,803
November 2512:30 p.m.Duke
  • BB&T Field
  • Winston-Salem, NC (Tobacco Road rivalry)
ACCRSNL 23-3127,016
December 291:00 p.m.vs. Texas A&MESPNW 55-5232,784
  • *Non-conference game
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Eastern time

Coaching staff and Roster

Coaching Staff

Position Name First Year at Wake
Head Coach Dave Clawson 2014
Offensive Coordinator / Quarterbacks Warren Ruggiero 2014
Asst Head Coach / Receivers Kevin Higgins 2014
Defensive Coordinator / Cornerbacks Jay Sawvel 2017
Special Teams Coordinator / Tight Ends Wayne Lineburg 2017
Defensive Line Dave Cohen 2014
Running Backs John Hunter 2014
Offensive Line Nick Tabacca 2014
Safeties Lyle Hemphill 2017
Linebackers Brad Sherrod 2017
Source:[1]

Roster

Game summaries

Presbyterian

Overall record Last meeting Result
7-4-1 (.625)[2] 2013 W, 31-7

@ Boston College

Overall record Last meeting Result
9-13-2 (.417)[5] 2016 L, 14-17

Utah State

Overall record Last meeting Result
0-1 (.000)[8] 2014 L, 24-36

@ Appalachian State

Overall record Last meeting Result
14-7-1 (.659)[11] 2001 W, 20-10

Florida State

Overall record Last meeting Result
6-28-1 (.186)[14] 2016 L, 6-17

@ Clemson

Overall record Last meeting Result
17-64-1 (.213)[17] 2016 L, 13-35

@ Georgia Tech

Overall record Last meeting Result
8-22 (.267)[20] 2010 L, 20-24

Louisville

Overall record Last meeting Result
0-4 (.000)[23] 2016 L, 12-44

@ Notre Dame

Overall record Last meeting Result
0-3 (.000)[26] 2015 L, 7-28

@ Syracuse

Overall record Last meeting Result
2-4 (.333)[29] 2016 W, 28-9

NC State

Overall record Last meeting Result
38-66-6 (.373)[32] 2016 L, 16-33

Duke

Overall record Last meeting Result
38-57-2 (.402)[35] 2016 W, 24-14

vs. Texas A&M - Belk Bowl

Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting[38]

2018 NFL Draft

Player Team Round Pick # Position
Jessie Bates Cincinnati Bengals 2nd 54 S
Duke Ejiofor Houston Texans 6th 177 DE

References

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