Quick take: I respect this team a lot, but can't rank them higher because of their young offensive line. Replacing stars like all-ACC receiver Kenny Moore won't be easy, but coaches are excited about redshirt freshman running back Brandon Pendergrass, who could give the Demon Deacons quite a backfield tandem with fellow back Josh Adams. If Wake Forest can get past Florida State in their conference opener on Sept.20, expect the showdown with Clemson on Oct.9 to tell a lot about this team.
My player to watch: CB Alphonso Smith (5-9, 190). Smith returned three interceptions for touchdowns last year, giving him four for his career, which ties an ACC-career mark. He was also second in the nation in 2007 with eight interceptions, and was first in the ACC in passes defended (18) and fumbles caused (4).
Thoughts, comments? Agree? Disagree? Share your opinions. -Trae Thompson