LB Brad White

2002 Statistics

Coach: Jim Grobe
13-11, 2 years
2002 Record: 7-6
at Northern Illinois LOST 41-42 (OT)
at NC State LOST 13-32
at Purdue WON 24-21
at Georgia Tech WON 24-21
DUKE WON 36-10
at Clemson LOST 23-31
NAVY WON 30-27
at Maryland LOST 14-32
Oregon WON 38-17

2002 Final Rankings
AP-UR, Coaches-UR, BCS-UR

2003 Outlook

The extension of Coach Jim Grobe's contract by ten years is big news. The symbolism of this is important to Wake Forest football, particularly after Grobe did not immediately dismiss other school's interest (Baylor) soon after the end of the 2002-2003 season.

The Deacons' football program has several built-in disadvantages when competing with other Division 1-A schools. It is among the smallest schools competing at that level, and earns only one-third to one-half as much revenue from football as most of the other schools in the ACC (excluding Duke). Despite this, Wake has an opportunity for their third consecutive winning season, a feat not accomplished by them since Truman was president (1950-52).

Grobe's commitment to the school is critical in developing a larger fan base from a small poll of alumni and the (sometimes) indifferent residents of the Winston-Salem area. Grobe has a system well suited to his players and should accordingly keep the program competitive. At a school - or in their entire region, for that matter - where basketball is king, this speaks volumes for the commitment required to spawn long-term football development.

The Deacons' out-of-conference schedule (at Boston College, home against Purdue, East Carolina, and Connecticut) does not give them many breathers, and there seemingly aren't any easy pickins' in the ACC, either. With some real effort, this squad will win one no one expects them to win, yet still lose a few in the same manner. But, with their inexperienced offensive skill players and small, young defensive front, another 6-6 regular season record should get Grobe consideration for Coach of the Year. Less of a finish seems more likely for Wake Forest in 2003.

Projected 2003 record: 5-7
QB - 2 DL - 2
RB - 3.5 LB - 3
WR - 2 DB - 3.5
OL - 3.5 ..

Passing: Cory Randolph, 48-24-2, 333 yds., 0 TD's

Rushing: Chris Barclay, 144 att., 703 yds., 9 TD's

Receiving: Jason Anderson, 23 rec., 535 yds., 6 TD's

Scoring: Matt Wisnosky, 17-25 FG, 33-36 PAT, 84 pts.

Punting: Ryan Plackemeier, 32 punts, 43.2 avg.

Kicking: Matt Wisnosky, 17-25 FG, 33-36 PAT, 84 pts.

Tackles: Brad White, 94 tot., 55 solo

Sacks: Jamaal Argrow, 2 sacks

Interceptions: Quintin Williams, 3 for 49 yds.

Kickoff returns: Chris Davis, 10 ret., 15.8 avg.

Punt returns: Derek Tharpe, 1 ret., 1.0 avg.


TB Chris Barclay
OFFENSE: James MacPherson-QB, Ovie Mughelli-FB, Tarence Williams-TB, Jax Landfried-WR, Fabian Davis-WR, Ray Thomas-TE, Tim Bennett-OT, Blake Henry-OG
DEFENSE: Calvin Pace-DE, Montique Sharpe-NT, Roderick Stephen-DE, Jamie Scott-LOU

written by James Johnson

The successes Jim Grobe has enjoyed in his first two years at Wake Forest have been built on a strong running game. His ground game has consistently been anchored by the foundation of a solid offensive line. Grobe's system relies more on agility than brute strength, featuring misdirection and frequent end-around plays by the wide receivers.

Three OL starters return. These veterans all fit Grobe's profile of looking for agile blockers instead of ones who can just plow over tacklers, although with Tyson Clabo, he gets both. They enabled the Deacons to lead the ACC with an average of 241 yards rushing per game. They also averaged an impressive 4.4 yards per attempt, and will (at least) match that production again.

Coach Grobe shows the offensive line's importance by dedicating assistant coach Steed Lobotzke (centers and guards) to oversee it. Steed has been with Grobe since his days at Ohio University. He faces a challenge in replacing 2003's starters (and main backups) at RT and RG, but having veterans within the system will be of great benefit toward integrating new players.

The ball carrying duties will be in good hands this season. In 2002, Sophomore Chris Barclay gained 734 yards/9 TDs as a true freshman while splitting time with Tarence Williams. As the main focus of the 2003 Wake Forest offense, expect to see Barclay develop into one of the most dangerous running backs in the ACC. He has the quickness to make tacklers miss and enough speed to easily break five-yard gains into long runs. Junior Nick Burney is also capable - he averaged nearly five yards per carry on 84 attempts. He is more of a straight-ahead runner than Barclay, giving the Deacons a good change-of-pace option at running back.

The Demon Deacons are in the uncomfortable position of having to replace much of their entire backfield and all of their starting receivers from last season. This will cause some bumps in the road for Wake's offense this season, particularly in the early going. However, there is some young talent that has been waiting in the wings which will allow the Deacons to be more explosive than in recent years.

The offense will be turned over to sophomore quarterback Cory Randolph. Randolph saw limited playing time last season as a red-shirt freshman and possesses more physical skills than his predecessor, James MacPherson. Randolph will be able to buy time in the pocket and turn upfield to run the ball better than MacPherson. He also has a cannon for an arm and will be able to make throws MacPherson couldn't. But it is still a task to competently replace one of the NCAA's top 30 QBs - skills have to translate into productivity and wins.

Randolph will have a fleet target in redshirt freshman WR Willie Idlette. He had a great spring and will push Chris Davis for the starting role at slot back. Returning junior WR Jason Anderson averaged over 23 yards on 23 catches, with six touchdowns. He will be an even bigger part of the 2003 offense. Randolph's additional arm strength should encourage offensive coaches to modify their passing schemes. Although Wake runs a no-huddle offense at times, the options for pass plays are somewhat limited (no doubt due in part to Jim Grobe's conservative nature). After Randolph gets settled in, opening up the offense would make the Deacons' effective running game even more dangerous.


OG Tyson Clabo


Returning Starters in bold
QB Cory Randolph-So (6-1, 188) Zac Taylor-Fr (6-3, 187)
FB Nick Burney-Sr (6-3, 216) Damon McWhite-Fr (6-2, 258)
TB Chris Barclay-So (5-10, 170) Cornelius Birgs-So (5-10, 203)
WR Jason Anderson-Jr (6-3, 182) Anthony Young-Sr (6-3, 208)
WR Chris Davis-So (5-11, 179) Willie Idlette-Fr (5-11, 169)
TE R.D. Montgomery-Jr (6-6, 229) Dan Callahan-Fr (6-4, 259)
OT Mark Moroz-Sr (6-4, 285) Wesley Bryant-So (6-4, 285)
OG Chad Rebar-Sr (6-3, 314) Joe Salsich-Jr (6-4, 266)
C Blake Lingruen-Jr (6-4, 276) Kreg Rotthoff-So (6-3, 292)
OG Tyson Clabo-Sr (6-6, 314) Steve Vallos-Fr (6-3, 302)
OT Greg Adkins-So (6-3, 283) Arby Jones-Fr (6-4, 270)
K Matt Wisnosky-So (6-1, 181) ..



written by James Johnson

Last season's leading tackler, ILB junior Brad White (6'1", 226 lbs.) returns - hopefully with a few extra pounds. He can obviously cover ground, but extra weight and strength will enable him to knock ball carriers backward instead of allowing them to lean forward for extra yardage.

White could receive some much-needed help from red-shirt freshman linebacker Bryan Andrews . Andrews is the first Parade All-American to attend Wake Forest since 1984 and is the Deacons' best hope of developing a defensive player who could single-handedly disrupt an opposing offense.

The linebacking corps otherwise looks thin. The other returning starter, junior Kellen Brantley, needs to regain his form from 2001 - Kellen's tackle totals dropped from 95 as a freshman to 61 last season. Senior Jamaal Argrow, after two injury plagued seasons, showed some promise in spot duty. But at only 217 lbs., Jamaal can't be counted on for much more than that. Look for Argrow to float back and forth from DE to LB.

Wake's Defensive Coordinator Dean Hood runs an unusual defensive scheme, a 3-3-5. This system, which employs three down linemen, three linebackers, and five defensive backs, plays to the Deacons' strengths.

Wake has a solid secondary, led by veterans Quintin Williams and Eric King, who combined for 140 tackles, six interceptions, and 12 passes defended. The Deacons have plenty of depth, experience, and size in their DBs, but need to increase 2002's INT total of 13.

The Deacons lost their only true playmaker on the defensive front, Calvin Pace. Additionally, all three starters are gone, and the only returning player with any game experience is sophomore NT Goryal Scales, who is a bit on the light side for an interior lineman. The nose tackle is critical to the success of the 3-3-5 scheme. Without a good forward thrust by the defensive line, particularly the nose tackle, the linebackers don't have anyone shielding them from blocks, giving ball carriers a good opportunity to get into the secondary.

Sophomores Arthur Orlebar and John Finklea are the most likely candidates to start at defensive end(s). Both players saw very limited playing time as red-shirt freshmen. The talent on the defensive line makes it unlikely Wake will even match last year's dismal total of 17 sacks. Opposing quarterbacks will again have plenty of time to test the Deacons' secondary.

Wake will again put a small defensive front six on the field this season and will therefore be susceptible to getting pushed around by any team with a strong, sizeable offensive line and a solid running game.


DB Quintin Williams


Returning Starters in bold
DE Jerome Nichols-Jr (6-2, 274) Jamaal Argrow-Sr (6-1, 230)
NT Goryal Scales-So (6-0, 283) Cori Stukes-So (6-0, 250)
DE John Finklea-So (6-5, 273) Arthur Orlebar-So (6-4, 246)
LOU Dion Williams-Sr (6-1, 247) Bryan Andrews-Fr (6-6, 235)
MLB Brad White-Jr (6-1, 226) Pierre Easley-Fr (6-0, 236)
ROB Kellen Brantley-Sr (6-3, 238) Jason Pratt-So (6-0, 221)
CB Eric King-Jr (5-9, 185) Robert Simmons-So (5-8, 183)
CB Daryl Shaw-Sr (5-9, 179) Marcus McGruder-Jr (5-9, 175)
SS Warren Braxton-Jr (6-0, 207) James Adams-Fr (6-3, 212)
FS Quintin Williams-Sr (6-2, 200) Josh Gattis-Fr (6-2, 195)
BAN Caron Bracy-Jr (6-0, 222) Obi Chukwumah-Sr (6-2, 199)
P Ryan Plackemeier-So (6-3, 230) Steve Hale-Jr (6-0, 201)




Placekicker Matt Wisnosky was respectable on FGAs within 40 yards (13-of-17) as a 2002 red-shirt freshman, but he still needs to gain some leg-strength - he had nearly two-thirds of his kickoffs returned, too.

The punting chores should be in good hands with sophomore Ryan Plackemeier. The team's 35-yard net average is not great when punting it 43 yards per try. Chris Barclay and sophomore Chris Davis are the only experienced kick returners back, so most of the load should fall to Davis (since Barclay will be the featured running back).