Week 3 Preview: Wake Forest vs Utah State

The Demon Deacons head to Logan, Utah to play the Utah State Aggies for the very first time tomorrow. The Deacons are making history as the first ACC team to visit Utah State, looking to take their momentum from last week’s win against Gardner Webb and assert the ACC out west.

Wake Forest fans everywhere are expecting another successful game from true freshman quarterback, John Wolford, as he works to prove himself and his star potential. 291 yards and two touchdowns is a tough personal record to beat, but Wolford shows promise as the new starting quarterback, and could very well build off those numbers going forward. With a completion record of 78.9%, Wolford is expected to lead his team again this weekend against a much tougher opponent than what he’s faced thus far.

The Deacs broke personal records all across the field with last week’s game. Running back Orville Reynolds broke his previously set record of 16 rushes, hitting 17 in last week’s game. Merrill Noel also recorded his sixth interception of his college career.

After last year’s injury, Utah State quarterback, Chuckie Keeton, is back and ready to perform what he hopes will be his best season yet. If he really is up to speed and completely recovered, the Deacons will see some stiff competition this Saturday.

The Aggies welcome back another star recovered player, senior running back Joe Hill. Hill is returning to the game after his knee surgery forced him to sit out the second half of last season. After missing nine games, Hill must work extra hard to prove he has fully recovered, but remain careful as not to re-injure his knee.

Utah State started off their season 1-1 with a loss during their away game at Tennessee and a 40-20 win over Idaho State last weekend. Utah State is a tough road game, the Aggies have won 13 out of their last 15 home games dating back to 2011.

Wake should be able to come out on top against Utah State, who holds an 0-3 record against other current ACC teams (Florida State, Clemson, and Miami).

*Section Photo credit to Bruce Chapman, Winston Salem-Journal; Featured Photo (above) credit to Jeremy Brevard, USA Today Sports

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