Elon at Wake Forest

Ron Green Jr.September 19, 2009 

Tudor's take

Back when Wake Forest didn't allow its students to dance, Elon went by the nickname "Fighting Christians."

A lot has changed. Wake students these days can boogie all night and Elon has decided to go wild and become the "Phoenix." A more fitting Elon mascot this season might be a garden gnome. With running back Jamal Shuman (5-foot-7, 160 pounds) and receiver Lance Camp (5-9, 182), the Phoenix playmakers may be more difficult to see than tackle.

After a pair of easy wins over Davidson and Presbyterian, Elon has 97 points and a world of yardage.

In the first series meeting since the Roaring '20s, the Deacs get to do the Charleston, 38-10.

Observation

Time to wake up, Deacs

The Deacons haven't made it easy on themselves recently, having fallen behind in the last six games they've played. They were outstanding, however, in their comeback win over Stanford last Saturday.

It will be interesting to see how effective Elon can be offensively against the Deacons. Two straight sluggish starts are worrisome to Deacons coach Jim Grobe. There will be an emphasis on getting a better start against the Phoenix.

Player to watch

Scott Riddle

Elon, Jr., QB, 6-0, 210

Two games into his junior season, Riddle already has 13 games with at least 300 passing yards. Granted, with wins against Davidson and Presbyterian, the Phoenix hasn't played its toughest competition thus far. But it's still impressive that he has 672 passing yards in two games.

By the numbers

Elon

Wake

48.5

scoring

22.5

3.5

scoring def.

20.5

227.0

avg. rush yds.

188.5

32.5

opp. avg. rush yds.

156.0

367.5

avg. pass yds.

175.0

65.0

opp. avg. pass yds.

222.5

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