Q. Summarize the offense with one or two statistics and explain the meaning.
A. The first number I'll use is 18, which is how many three-and-outs the Deacons have had in their past three games. That's out of 40 possible drives. Wake's offense hasn't been sustaining drives and when it has, the Deacons haven't been finishing drives in the red zone. Before two late touchdowns against some of Clemson's backups, Wake was 1-for-7 in turning red-zone trips into touchdowns in the Florida State and Clemson games combined. Another number is 232.3 to 132.3. The first is Wake's average rushing yards per game in its first three games against its average rushing yards in its second three games. Rediscovering the run game is crucial for this team.
Q. How do Wake Forest fans feel about Dave Clawson?
A. I think Wake fans are generally happy with Clawson. Going 7-6 with a bowl win last year gave him/them something tangible that was easier to grasp than two wacky wins -- the 6-3 double-OT win of Frank Beamer-celebration fame at the 0-0 score and the 3-0 win at BC -- in his first two years, both of those coming in 3-9 seasons. Most of them are aware that Jim Grobe was a great coach and the 2006 ACC Championship season was phenomenal, but also that the cupboard was bare when Clawson arrived. There's also the matter of how Clawson has handled the Wakeyleaks scandal, and that's something we'll dive into next week with Louisville scheduled for a Winston-Salem visit.
Q. Who's the most dangerous player on the team?
A. Greg Dortch has to be the choice here. He's been a revelation in the slot for Wake's offense with 35 catches for 430 yards and five touchdowns. They'll get him involved in every way possible -- bubble screens, middle screens, outs, downfield routes, motion-to-handoffs -- and he hasn't slowed down yet. His 136 all-purpose yards per game ranks second in the ACC behind N.C. State's Nyheim Hines. The best part for Wake is that he's a redshirt freshman and Clawson and senior quarterback John Wolford have raved about the work ethic and humility he's already shown.