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  10/26/20 - Nick AndersenFr/2024, Wake Forest, 5-11, 185 (DS#999 FS) + More +

  OCT 26 ACC DEFENSIVE BACK/ROOKIE OF THE WEEK: Nick Andersen, Wake Forest, Fr., S, Clifton, Va.,...Named the Walter Camp National Defensive Player of the Week after intercepting three passes in the Demon Deacons' 23-16 win over Virginia Tech...First Wake Forest player since 1987 to have three or more interceptions in a game...Third interception came on the final Virginia Tech drive, sealing the Wake Forest win with six seconds remaining in the game...Became the fourth player in Wake Forest history to have three interceptions in a game and the first ACC player since Louisville's Gerod Holliman in 2014...First Wake Forest freshman with three or more interceptions in a single game...Added a game-high 11 total tackles, including nine solo tackles. - Atlantic Coast Conference Football

(DS#999 FS) Fr/2024 FS Nick AndersenWake Forest
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  OCT 26 ACC DEFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE WEEK: Carlos Basham Jr., Wake Forest, Sr., DE, Roanoke, Va.,...Extended his nation-leading tackle for loss streak to 23 games with a third-down sack and forced fumble in the fourth quarter of Wake Forest's 23-16 win over Virginia Tech...Finished the game with a career-high nine tackles, including seven solo stops...Has a sack in every game this season and a sack in 12 of the last 14 games...Currently ranks fourth on the Wake Forest all-time sacks list with 20.5. - Atlantic Coast Conference Football

(DS#2 DE) rSr/2021 DE Carlos Basham Jr.Wake Forest
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  10/25/20 - Nick AndersenFr/2024, Wake Forest, 5-11, 185 (DS#999 FS) + More +

  OCT 25 WALTER CAMP NATIONAL FBS DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: NICK ANDERSON, WAKE FOREST, Freshman, Safety, Clifton, VA/Centreville,...Nick Anderson had 11 tackles and three interceptions as Wake Forest defeated 19th-ranked Virginia Tech, 23-16. Anderson's third interception sealed the victory in the fourth quarter. Anderson led a Demon Deacon (3-2, 2-2 in ACC) defense that held the Hokies to a season-low point total. Anderson is the first Wake Forest player since 1987 to record three interceptions in a game. Notes: Nick Anderson is the first Wake Forest player to earn Walter Camp National FBS Player of Week honors since the award started in 2004. - The Walter Camp Football Foundation

(DS#999 FS) Fr/2024 FS Nick AndersenWake Forest
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  10/24/20 - Nick AndersenFr/2024, Wake Forest, 5-11, 185 (DS#999 FS) + More +

  Walk-on freshman safety Nick Anderson had three interceptions, Christian Beal-Smith ran for 129 yards and Nick Sciba kicked three field goals to help Wake Forest beat No. 19 Virginia Tech 23-16 on Saturday. Anderson stopped two deep Hokies drives and the third ended their final possession. Beal-Smith set the tone for the Demon Deacons (3-2, 2-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) with a 58-yard run on the game’s first series. He later added runs of 26 and 19 yards. Wake Forest quarterback Sam Hartman threw only 17 times, completing 12 for 110 yards. But he scrambled 9 yards for the game’s first score. Hendon Hooker threw for 223 yards and ran for another 98 for the Hokies (3-2, 3-2). They had won six of the previous seven games between the schools. Tech quarterback Hendon Hooker completed 17 of 33 passes and rushed 17 times. He connected with James Mitchell on a 39-yard TD pass. - Wake Forest/AP College Football

(DS#999 FS) Fr/2024 FS Nick AndersenWake Forest
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  10/23/20 - Kenneth Walker IIISo/2023, Wake Forest, 5-09, 206 (DS#16 RB) + More +

  Kenneth Walker III keeps producing for the Wake Forest football team. On Saturday he helped turn a close game in the Deacons' favor with two touchdowns in the fourth quarter of a 40-23 win over Virginia at Truist Field. Walker, who took a majority of the snaps at running back after a slight injury sidelined Christian Beal-Smith, rushed for 128 yards and scored three touchdowns. Not only was Walker selected as ACC running back of the week, he will enter the Virginia Tech game Saturday ranked fourth in the nation with seven touchdowns, which also leads the ACC. Walker, a sophomore, is averaging 5.7 yards per carry in four games. - Winston Salem Journal

(DS#16 RB) So/2023 RB Kenneth Walker IIIWake Forest
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  10/19/20 - Kenneth Walker IIISo/2023, Wake Forest, 5-09, 206 (DS#16 RB) + More +

  OCT 19 ACC RUNNING BACK OF THE WEEK: Kenneth Walker III, Wake Forest, So., RB, Arlington, Tenn.,...Posted his third consecutive 100-yard rushing performance in Saturday's 40-23 win over Virginia...First Wake Forest player since 2017 to have three consecutive 100-yard rushing games...Ran for a career-high tying three touchdowns...His 75-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter proved to be the game winner, putting the Demon Deacons up 30-23...The run is the longest of the season for Wake Forest, the 18th longest in program history and the longest since Walker's 96-yard rushing touchdown against Rice in 2019...First Wake Forest player since Chris Barclay (2002-05) to have five or more 100-yard rushing games in his first two years on campus. - Atlantic Coast Conference Football

(DS#16 RB) So/2023 RB Kenneth Walker IIIWake Forest
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  10/17/20 - Kenneth Walker IIISo/2023, Wake Forest, 5-09, 206 (DS#16 RB) + More +

  Kenneth Walker III had 123 yards rushing and three touchdowns, including the go-ahead 75-yard scoring, run, and Wake Forest beat Virginia 40-23 Saturday. On the first play from scrimmage after Brian Delaney's 32-yard field goal that pulled Virginia into a tie at 23-all early in the fourth quarter, Walker took a handoff, bounced left, broke free from a Virginia tackler and raced down the left sideline. Walker's run provided a big momentum shift, coming only seconds after Virginia, which fell behind 14-0 in the game's first four minutes, seemed to have found a way to stop the Wake offense. Virginia's Perris Jones muffed the ensuing pooch kickoff while attempting to make a fair catch, setting up Walker for a 4-yard TD run that put the Demon Deacons (2-2, 1-2 ACC) in control for good.

Prior to Walker's 75-yard run, the Cavs (1-3, 1-3 ACC) had shut down the Wake running game and kept consistent pressure on Sam Hartman, who was sacked three times. The Deacons had suffered a 45-42 loss at N.C. State in their previous ACC game. Wake finished with 174 yards rushing on 42 attempts. The Deacons were hampered by 12 penalties for 119 yards. Hartman did create time to hit on some long pass plays. The sophomore completed 16 of 27 passes for 309 yards and one TD. - Wake Forest/AP College Football


(DS#16 RB) So/2023 RB Kenneth Walker IIIWake Forest
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  10/05/20 - Zion KeithrSo/2023, Wake Forest, 6-1, 186 (DS#999 FS) + More +

  It's hard to say that after the 0-2 start the Wake Forest defense was much-maligned. Let's just say it was slightly maligned, but it came to life on Friday night. Creating four turnovers and getting an interception return for a touch-down from safety Zion Keith were big. Keith returned it 45 yards for the Deacons' second pick-six of the season. "I was just thinking don't drop this ball," Keith said about the interception that came as quarterback Hajj-Malik Williams tried to throw across the middle after scrambling to his right. Keith said he was impressed with his teammates on defense. "Coach (Lyle) Hemphill really emphasizes getting to the ball and creating those turnovers," Keith said. "We went out and were aggressive." - Winston Salem Journal

(DS#999 FS) rSo/2023 FS Zion KeithWake Forest
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  Christian Beal-Smith ran for three touchdowns and Donavon Greene returned a kickoff 96 yards for a touchdown as Wake Forest won for the first time this season by defeating Campbell 66-14 on Friday night. Wake Forest (1-2) matched the fourth-most points in program history, aided by collecting four Campbell turnovers. "I liked the turnovers," Wake Forest coach Dave Clawson said. "I liked the pressure we got and the sacks we got." Beal-Smith scored from 2 and 10 yards out in the first quarter, giving the redshirt junior his first career two-touchdown game. He tacked on a 5-yard touchdown run in the third quarter.

Kenneth Walker III scored on a 12-yard run, Sam Hartman threw a touchdown pass and Zion Keith returned an interception 45 yards for a score as part of Wake Forest's domination. Greene's return marked the Demon Deacons' first kickoff return for a touchdown in 13 years. "There was like three major blocks I was reading," Greene said. Hartman completed 12 of 16 passes for 166 yards as the Demon Deacons won in their lone nonconference outing of the season. Campbell (0-4), a Football Championship Subdivision program, completed its abbreviated fall schedule, which consisted of four road games against Football Bowl Subdivision opponents. - Wake Forest/AP College Football


(DS#999 RB) rJr/2022 RB Christian Beal-SmithWake Forest
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  Wake Forest's defense boasts one of the best defenders in the ACC with Basham, a redshirt senior defensive end who had 11 sacks and 18 tackles for loss last season. It's been a three-year progression for Basham, from Duke Ejiofor's backup in 2017 to full-time starter in 2018. That season was marked by inconsistency, perhaps because he thought production would come easier than it did, defensive line coach Dave Cohen said. Now, Basham is the complete package. He's melded his athleticism and motor with pass-rush techniques designed to wreak havoc, and the latest step in his development was being named a captain last weeek. "What I see in him is great focus and great energy and great finish in plays, with a lot of good birthright talent," Cohen said. "I have no concern as long as he's going as hard as he is and as focused as he is." - Winston Salem Journal

(DS#2 DE) rSr/2021 DE Carlos Basham Jr.Wake Forest
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  09/11/20 - Sam HartmanJr/2022, Wake Forest, 6-0, 215 (DS#26 QB) + More +

  Quarterback Sam Hartman is replacing Newman and is a player the Tigers are familiar with. The Charlotte native started nine games as a true freshman in 2018, including against Clemson. Hartman has played in 13 games so far in his career. He has completed 56 percent of his passes for 2,814 yards, with 20 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. - The State

(DS#26 QB) Jr/2022 QB Sam HartmanWake Forest
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  2021 SENIOR BOWL WATCH LIST: Carlos Basham Jr., Wake Forest,...Basham comes into the season with 18 consecutive games with a tackle for loss, the longest streak in the country. He is the only player in the country to have a streak longer than 12 games. Last season, he recorded 11.0 sacks, the second-most ever in a season by a Deacon and the most since 1992. Basham played a key role in in the Demon Deacons clinching the Big 4 Championship, tallying 5.5 sacks over those three games. - Wake Forest Football

(DS#2 DE) rSr/2021 DE Carlos Basham Jr.Wake Forest
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  09/07/20 - JaSir TaylorSr/2021, Wake Forest, 5-10, 187 (DS#118 CB) + More +

  Essang Bassey and Amari Henderson started a combined 80 games in their Wake Forest careers - nearly all of them coming with Taylor playing as the nickel and filling in when either was injured. Now Taylor becomes the leader of the Bermuda Boyz. Taylor had the first two interceptions of his career in the last two regular-season games last season. He'll be the Deacons' No. 1 cornerback and will start opposite a cornerback who doesn't have a career start - no matter if that's Kenneth Dicks III, Tyriq Hardimon, Caelen Carson or another candidate. - Winston Salem Journal

(DS#118 CB) Sr/2021 CB JaSir TaylorWake Forest
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  Williams is one of several Deacons who can improve their standing this season in the eyes of NFL scouts. In the last seven games of 2019, Williams had 60 tackles, 2 1/2 sacks and 5 1/2 tackles for loss. Williams entered Wake Forest with Basham and heads into his fifth season. But this is the first season Williams enters as a starter, which gives you an idea of his growth for the past four years. Williams came to Wake Forest as a high school running back and was moved to defense, where he initially was a rover in Mike Elko's defense. As Elko moved on and was replaced by Jay Sawvel, who then was replaced by Lyle Hemphill, Williams has had to adjust along the way - and it wasn't until the second half of last season that he shined for an extended period of time.

In the last seven games of 2019, Williams had 60 tackles, 2 1/2 sacks and 5 1/2 tackles for loss. He took over at BUCK linebacker after Justin Strnad's season-ending injury and proved to be more than a capable replacement - now he gets to display his aptitude for a full season. Assistant coach for defense Dave Cohen mentioned last week that the Deacons have been lining Williams up in the same ways that Strnad was used last season as a third-down pass-rusher - an aspect that helps his preparation for an NFL opportunity. - Winston Salem Journal


(DS#104 OLB) rSr/2021 OLB JaCquez WilliamsWake Forest
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  09/01/20 - Nasir GreerJr/2022, Wake Forest, 6-0, 202 (DS#25 FS) + More +

  It seems like Wake Forest could be without both of the key defenders it was missing in its last game and its largest offseason addition to start the football season. Nasir Greer and Rondell Bothroyd, both of whom were injured last season and underwent surgery, have both been limited in practices thus far - though to different extents. Greer, according to defensive coordinator Lyle Hemphill, "looks unbelievable" but isn't participating in team segments yet. Assistant head coach for defense Dave Cohen, who coaches the defensive line, said Bothroyd is "probably a few weeks out yet." The Deacons open the season Sept. 12 against Clemson, which has beaten them by a combined 115-6 in the last two years.

Greer, an honorable mention All-ACC pick last year, seems to be the most likely to play against the Tigers, who open the season ranked No. 1 for the second straight time. Hemphill said the staff is playing it cautious with the junior safety who had 65 tackles and three forced fumbles last season. "It's probably too far away right now," Hemphill said of the opener and whether Greer would play. "Two weeks is probably too far away to give you an honest answer on that...I just don't want to rush the kid. "If he's not 100% mentally ready, I don't think we should rush him." - Winston Salem Journal


(DS#25 FS) Jr/2022 FS Nasir GreerWake Forest
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