John Wolford Named Starter at Quarterback for Wake Forest


Dan Collins of the Winston-Salem Journal reports that a winner has emerged in the quarterback competition at Wake Forest. Freshman John Wolford was named the starter by Coach Dave Clawson on Wednesday.

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Clawson had entered training camp with no quarterback decided and a four way competition for the position. Choosing his starter now gives the team two weeks of practice of get used to Wolford before game action starts at the end of the month.

John Wolford is a 6’1” 205 lb specimen. He played his high school ball at Bishop Kenny in Jacksonville, FL. According to his student athlete profile, he was a Parade American Honorable Mention as a high school recruit. He threw for more than three thousand yards and nearly rushed for one thousand more as a high school senior. He scored a combined 52 touchdowns.

Wolford was initially committed to East Carolina, but made the switch to Wake Forest after Coach Jim Grobe resigned and Coach Clawson took over the program. Wolford will be the first freshman quarterback at Wake Forest to start his first game since 1974.

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  • For the Demon Deacons there are good and bad options that come from this choice. It could be that Wolford becomes the quarterback that Clawson uses to build up his offense over the next four years, but it is also possible that he could flame out. It is hard to tell sometimes when coaches choose ‘stop-gap’ guys to bridge to the next quarterback.

    I am not saying Wolford is a ‘stop-gap’ guy necessarily, but Coach Clawson will have much more time to identify a prospect he might like in this year’s recruiting class than he did transitioning from Grobe. Then again, former NC State coach Tom O’Brien once played a ‘stop-gap’ guy named Russell Wilson waiting for Mike Glennon to arrive. That turned out to be a three year gig for Wilson, and he hasn’t been hurt from it.

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