- Journal West
As writers, we look for word pictures. As a writer who happens to be a beat guy, I look for people on the beat who can paint those word pictures.
Dave Clawson set out this preseason to establish one player as his quarterback, saying in July he didn't want to go with a two-quarterback system.
Shows how much I know.
Dave Clawson watches replays of Wake's scrimmages at least four times, once by himself, once with the other coaches, once with the tight ends and finally with the team as a whole.
It's anybody's bet where Jalen Latter will line up in practice.
By far, the hottest hot-button issue in football is head trauma. Officials, coaches, players and parents are grappling with it from Pee Wee Leagues all the way through the NFL. Movies are being made about it, starring Will Smith.
T.J.Haney, barring a string of injuries in the offensive line, was not going to see the field for Wake this season. And now he's gone.
One of the many pleasures I've had this month while covering Wake football practices has been getting better acquainted with Courtney Clawson, who has been her father Dave's steadfast companion through rain and shine, early morning and late night, heat and more heat.
College football coaches are famous for playing games before the games ever start.
Bill Dooley was, in many respects, a man out of time during his six seasons as football coach at Wake.
Standing alongside freshman Cade Carney after this morning's practice, the Wake roster makes more sense.
Although the fastest player is not always the best player on a football field, speed sure can come in handy.
John Wolford has all the reasons he would ever need to dislike Kendall Hinton, but he just can't bring himself feel that way.
The first person I encountered this morning when I reached my new vantage point for watching Wake football practice was Jody Puckett, a long-time friend who proudly announced this was the 50th-straight season of being on hand for the first practice of fall camp.
Over the past three days I’ve learned that running back Tyler Bell will miss a couple of weeks with an ankle injury, defensive tackle Josh Banks and safety Ryan Janvion have recovered from injuries and will be good to go for Friday morning’s first practice that graduate transfer Austin Arians is ready to play both inside and outside for the basketball team.
Q: So what have you seen so far?
If Wake Forest makes it as hard for opposing teams to reach the end zone as I had reaching my parking space on campus Tuesday morning, then the Deacons will almost certainly lead the ACC — if not all of college football — in every defensive statistic.
MTOW: What excites you most about your defense going into the season?
MTOW: In the secondary, you replaced the best pair of cornerbacks I’ve ever seen at Wake and you did OK. This year you’ve obviously got an experienced veteran in Watson and you’ve got a real battle on the other side with (Amari) Henderson and (Dionte) Austin, right?
Expecting Warren Ruggiero to field an effective offense at Wake Forest the past two seasons would be like asking a cook left with moldy bread in the pantry and curdled milk in the refrigerator to prepare a gourmet meal.