2018 Wake Forest Demon Deacons Football Team
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2018 Wake Forest Demon Deacons Football Team

2018 Wake Forest Demon Deacons football
Wake Forest University Athletic logo.svg
Birmingham Bowl champion
ConferenceAtlantic Coast Conference
DivisionAtlantic Division
2018 record7-6 (3-5 ACC)
Head coachDave Clawson (5th season)
Offensive coordinatorWarren Ruggiero (5th season)
Defensive coordinatorJay Sawvel (3rd season: 1-4, fired)[1]
Lyle Hemphill (5-12, interim)
Captain
Home stadiumBB&T Field
(Capacity: 31,500, FieldTurf)
Seasons
← 2017
2019 →
2018 Atlantic Coast Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Atlantic Division
No. 1 Clemson x$#^   8 0         15 0  
No. 15 Syracuse   6 2         10 3  
NC State   5 3         9 4  
Boston College   4 4         7 5  
Wake Forest   3 5         7 6  
Florida State   3 5         5 7  
Louisville   0 8         2 10  
Coastal Division
Pittsburgh x   6 2         7 7  
Georgia Tech   5 3         7 6  
Miami   4 4         7 6  
Virginia   4 4         8 5  
Virginia Tech   4 4         6 7  
Duke   3 5         8 5  
North Carolina   1 7         2 9  
Championship: Clemson 42, Pittsburgh 10
    1. – College Football Playoff champion
  • ^ – College Football Playoff participant
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2018 Wake Forest Demon Deacons football team represented Wake Forest University during the 2018 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The team was led by fifth-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 7-6, 3-5 in ACC play to finish in a tie for fifth place in the Atlantic Division. They were invited to the Birmingham Bowl where they defeated Memphis.

Previous season

The Demon Deacons finished the 2017 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

Preseason

Award watch lists

Listed in the order that they were released.

Award Player Position Year
Rimington Trophy[3] Ryan Anderson C SR
Doak Walker Award[4] Matt Colburn RB SR
Fred Biletnikoff Award[5] Greg Dortch WR SO
Outland Trophy[6] Ryan Anderson C SR
Phil Hayens G SR
Paul Hornung Award[7] Greg Dortch WR/KR SO

ACC media poll

The ACC media poll was released on July 24, 2018.[8]

Media poll (Atlantic)
Predicted finish Team Votes (1st place)
1 Clemson 1,031 (145)
2 Florida State 789 (1)
3 NC State 712 (2)
4 Boston College 545
5 Louisville 422
6 Wake Forest 413
7 Syracuse 232

Schedule

Wake Forest announced their schedule for the 2018 season on January 17, 2018.[9][10][11] The Demon Deacons' schedule consist of 7 home games and 5 away games. Wake Forest host conference opponents Boston College, Clemson, Pittsburgh, and Syracuse, and travel to Duke, Florida State, Louisville, and NC State. The Demon Deacons play out of conference games against Tulane of the AAC, Towson of the Division I FCS CAA, Notre Dame who competes as an Independent, and Rice of C-USA.

DateTimeOpponentSiteTVResultAttendance
August 308:00 p.m.[12]at Tulane*CBSSNW 23-17 OT15,478[13]
September 812:00 p.m.[14]Towson*ACCN ExtraW 51-2023,619[15]
September 135:30 p.m.[a]Boston College
  • BB&T Field
  • Winston-Salem, NC
ESPNL 34-4125,309[17]
September 2212:00 p.m.[18]No. 8 Notre Dame*
  • BB&T Field
  • Winston-Salem, NC
ABCL 27-5631,092[19]
September 293:30 p.m.[20]Rice*
  • BB&T Field
  • Winston-Salem, NC
ACCRSNW 56-2424,519[21]
October 63:30 p.m.[22]No. 4 Clemson
  • BB&T Field
  • Winston-Salem, NC
ESPNL 3-6331,068[23]
October 203:30 p.m.[24]at Florida StateESPN2L 17-3867,274[25]
October 2712:00 p.m.[26]at LouisvilleACCRSNW 56-3549,603[27]
November 312:00 p.m.[28]No. 22 Syracusedagger
  • BB&T Field
  • Winston-Salem, NC
ACCRSNL 24-4126,136[29]
November 87:30 p.m.[14]at No. 22 NC StateESPNW 27-2356,228[30]
November 1712:00 p.m.[31]Pittsburgh
  • BB&T Field
  • Winston-Salem, NC
ACCRSNL 13-3425,609[32]
November 2412:30 p.m.[33]at Duke
ACCRSNW 59-720,782[34]
December 2212:00 p.m.vs. Memphis*ESPNW 37-3425,717[35]
  • *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:[36]

Roster

Game summaries

at Tulane

Overall record Last meeting Result
1-2 (.333)[37] 2016 W, 7-3

Towson

Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting[41]

Boston College

Overall record Last meeting Result
10-13-2 (.440)[45] 2017 W, 34-10

Notre Dame

Overall record Last meeting Result
0-4 (.000)[48] 2017 L, 37-48

Rice

Overall record Last meeting Result
0-1-1 (.250)[51] 1990 L, 17-33

Clemson

Overall record Last meeting Result
17-65-1 (.211)[55] 2017 L, 14-28

at Florida State

Overall record Last meeting Result
6-29-1 (.181)[58] 2017 L, 19-26

at Louisville

Overall record Last meeting Result
1-4 (.200)[61] 2017 W, 42-32

Syracuse

Overall record Last meeting Result
3-4 (.429)[65] 2017 W, 64-43

at NC State

Overall record Last meeting Result
39-66-6 (.378)[68] 2017 W, 30-24

Pittsburgh

Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting[72]

at Duke

Overall record Last meeting Result
38-58-2 (.398)[75] 2017 L, 23-31

vs. Memphis (Birmingham Bowl)

Overall record Last meeting Result
2-2 (.500)[79] 1967 L, 10-42

2019 NFL Draft

Round Pick Player Position NFL Club
4 124 Phil Haynes G Seattle Seahawks

Notes

  1. ^ The Boston College game was originally scheduled for 7:30 p.m., but the game was moved up to 5:30 p.m. in anticipation of Hurricane Florence.[16]

References

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  2. ^ "Football Elects 2018 Captains". The Official Site of Demon Deacon Athletics. April 7, 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  3. ^ "Rimington Trophy Press Release". May 30, 2018. Retrieved 2018.
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  5. ^ "2018 Biletnikoff Award Watch List". July 19, 2018. Retrieved 2018.
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