Wake Forest

Robbi PickeralSeptember 21, 2009 


Leading up to training camp, wide receiver Chris Givins predicted that quarterback Riley Skinner would set a career high or two in the passing game this season, simply because the Deacons have more deep threats. The wideouts proved that during Wake's 35-7 blowout of Elon on Saturday in Winston-Salem.

Of Skinner's career-high 289 passing yards, 134 came on two passing plays -- a 54-yard touchdown toss to Givens and an 80-yard scoring play to Marshall Williams. It makes for an interesting wrinkle to an offense that had been slow starting during its first two games.


DE Gelo Orange: Blocked a punt in the third quarter, marking his third career blocked kick.

QB Riley Skinner: Also tied a career high with three touchdown passes.


In an effort to improve the kicking game, coach Jim Grobe has spread out the responsibility. Freshman Jimmy Newman played in his first game, handling the point-after attempts (he will also handle field goals). Shane Popham will do the punting, and Cline Beam will kick off.


Wake rushed for 132 yards, but Grobe still wants improvement. "There were a couple of times we didn't block the right people; there were a couple of times where our wide receivers did not crack back inside on the safety, and the safety made a couple of nice plays. There were a couple of times where we didn't get a lineman pulling where he should be. ... We'll probably not be very happy with the way we ran the ball today, but I think it probably set up some throws."


Wake begins its ACC schedule Saturday at Boston College at 2 p.m.

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