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01/05/18 - (FS) - *Jessie Bates III, rSo, 6-1, 195
Wake Forest defensive back Jessie Bates III says he will forego his final two seasons of eligibility to enter the NFL draft. Bates announced his decision Friday on Twitter, saying he has "envisioned playing in the National Football League my entire life." Bates had 77 tackles, an interception and a forced fumble as a redshirt sophomore this season while helping the Demon Deacons (8-5) close the season by winning three of four, including a Belk Bowl victory over Texas A&M last week. - AP College Football


01/04/18 - (TE) - Cam Serigne, rSr, 6-2, 240
2017 ASSOCIATED PRESS ALL-BOWL TEAM: Tight end: Cam Serigne, Wake Forest (Belk): Serigne caught nine passes for 112 yards and was on the receiving end of one of John Wolford's four touchdown passes. - AP College Football


12/29/17 - (QB) - John Wolford, Sr, 6-1, 200
Matt Coburn scored on a 1-yard run with 2:18 remaining as Wake Forest won a wild Belk Bowl, recovering after surrendering a 17-point lead to defeat Texas A&M 55-52 on Friday afternoon at Bank of America Stadium. Texas A&M (7-6) reached its own 49-yard line on its last drive before turning the ball over on downs with 28 seconds left. John Wolford threw four first-half touchdown passes, helping the Demon Deacons (8-5) win bowl games in back-to-back seasons. Jhamon Ausbon caught a 13-yard pass from Nick Starkel with 5:52 left to put Texas A&M ahead. That drive covered 72 yards on 10 plays. Backup running back Cade Carney scored on a 1-yard, fourth-down run to send Wake Forest into the lead with 9:06 to play.

Texas A&M quarterback Nick Starkel threw for 499 yards and four touchdowns, completing 42 of 63 passes. Wake Forest made a goal-line stand early in the fourth quarter, with Daniel LaCamera's 19-yard field goal extending the Aggies' lead to 45-41. The Demon Deacons turned around their early troubles on special teams with Jessie Bates III returning a punt 59 yards for a second-quarter touchdown. There was a record, too, with Wake Forest's Cam Serigne making a 37-yard touchdown reception in the second quarter. That was his 21st career touchdown reception, setting an Atlantic Coast Conference record for a tight end. - AP College Football

12/01/17 - (TE) - Cam Serigne, rSr, 6-2, 240
2017 ALL-ACC FOOTBALL FIRST TEAM (COACHES/MEDIA): TE Cam Serigne, Sr., Wake Forest, 147 Votes,...Wake Forest had eight players selected to the All-ACC teams as announced by the ACC on Monday afternoon. Serigne had 35 catches for 444 yards and eight touchdowns this season. He is the school and ACC career leader in receptions and receiving yards by a tight end. - Wake Forest Football


12/01/17 - (QB) - John Wolford, Sr, 6-1, 200
2017 ALL-ACC FOOTBALL SECOND TEAM (COACHES/MEDIA): QB John Wolford, Sr., Wake Forest, 77 Votes,...Wolford is the first Wake Forest quarterback to earn first or second team honors since Riley Skinner was a second team choice in 2006. Wolford leads the ACC in passing efficiency with a 157.5 rating and tied for the league lead with 25 touchdown passes. He set school season records for total offense yards and total touchdowns with 35. - Wake Forest Football


12/01/17 - (WR) - Greg Dortch, rFr, 5-09, 165
2017 ALL-ACC FOOTBALL SECOND TEAM (COACHES/MEDIA): AP Greg Dortch, Fr., Wake Forest, 54 Votes,...Wake Forest had eight players selected to the All-ACC teams as announced by the ACC on Monday afternoon. Dortch had an outstanding freshman season until suffering a season-ending injury against Louisville in Week 8. He missed the final four games of the regular season but at the time of his injury he led all freshmen in the nation in touchdown receptions, receiving yards and receptions. Dortch was the only freshman in the country to catch four touchdown passes in a game in 2017. - Wake Forest Football


12/01/17 - (C) - Ryan Anderson, rJr, 6-5, 305
2017 ALL-ACC FOOTBALL SECOND TEAM (COACHES/MEDIA): C Ryan Anderson, Jr., Wake Forest, 45 Votes,...Wake Forest had eight players selected to the All-ACC teams as announced by the ACC on Monday afternoon. Anderson was a key ingredient in Wake Forest's much-improved offensive line that set a school record for total offense yards in 2017 with 5,402. - Wake Forest Football


12/01/17 - (DE) - Duke Ejiofor, rSr, 6-3, 275
2017 ALL-ACC FOOTBALL SECOND TEAM (COACHES/MEDIA): DE Duke Ejiofor, Sr., Wake Forest, 78 Votes,...Wake Forest had eight players selected to the All-ACC teams as announced by the ACC on Monday afternoon. Ejiofor finished the regular season fourth in the ACC in tackles for loss with 14.5. He is third in school history with 23.5 career sacks and helped Wake Forest finish the regular season seventh in the nation with a school record 98 tackles for loss. - Wake Forest Football


12/01/17 - (K) - Mike Weaver, rSr, 6-1, 190
2017 ALL-ACC FOOTBALL SECOND TEAM (COACHES/MEDIA): PK Mike Weaver, Sr., Wake Forest, 73 Votes,...Wake Forest had eight players selected to the All-ACC teams as announced by the ACC on Monday afternoon. Weaver, a first team All-ACC pick in 2016, completed another stellar year, connecting on 19 of 22 field goal attempts. Weaver ranks second in school history with 314 points. His current field goal accuracy rate of 79.1 percent is on target to break the school record of 76.3 percent. - Wake Forest Football


12/01/17 - (WR) - Greg Dortch, rFr, 5-09, 165
2017 ALL-ACC FOOTBALL HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES/MEDIA): SP Greg Dortch, Fr., Wake Forest, 25 Votes,...Wake Forest had eight players selected to the All-ACC teams as announced by the ACC on Monday afternoon. Dortch had an outstanding freshman season until suffering a season-ending injury against Louisville in Week 8. He missed the final four games of the regular season but at the time of his injury he led all freshmen in the nation in touchdown receptions, receiving yards and receptions. Dortch was the only freshman in the country to catch four touchdown passes in a game in 2017. Dortch was Wake Forest's primary punt and kickoff return specialist until his injury. His 162 punt return yards were the most by a Deacon since 2007. - Wake Forest Football


12/01/17 - (OG) - Phil Haynes, rJr, 6-3, 305
2017 ALL-ACC FOOTBALL THIRD TEAM (COACHES/MEDIA): OG Phil Haynes, Jr., Wake Forest, 47 Votes,...Wake Forest had eight players selected to the All-ACC teams as announced by the ACC on Monday afternoon. Left guard Phil Haynes and left tackle Justin Herron were both third team All-ACC picks. The duo was instrumental in Wake Forest cutting sacks by 57 percent over 2016 and becoming the first Wake Forest offense in school history to rush for 2,000 yards and pass for 3,000 yards in a season. This marks the first time since 2002 that the Deacons have had three offensive linemen honored. That year, guard Blake Henry was a first team pick while guard Tyson Clabo and tackle Mark Moroz were honorable mention choices. - Wake Forest Football


12/01/17 - (OT) - Justin Herron, rJr, 6-5, 290
2017 ALL-ACC FOOTBALL THIRD TEAM (COACHES/MEDIA): OT Justin Herron, Jr., Wake Forest, 43 Votes,...Wake Forest had eight players selected to the All-ACC teams as announced by the ACC on Monday afternoon. Left guard Phil Haynes and left tackle Justin Herron were both third team All-ACC picks. The duo was instrumental in Wake Forest cutting sacks by 57 percent over 2016 and becoming the first Wake Forest offense in school history to rush for 2,000 yards and pass for 3,000 yards in a season. This marks the first time since 2002 that the Deacons have had three offensive linemen honored. That year, guard Blake Henry was a first team pick while guard Tyson Clabo and tackle Mark Moroz were honorable mention choices. - Wake Forest Football


12/01/17 - (P) - Dom Maggio, So, 6-2, 185
2017 ALL-ACC FOOTBALL HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES/MEDIA): P Dom Maggio, So., Wake Forest, 33 Votes,...Wake Forest had eight players selected to the All-ACC teams as announced by the ACC on Monday afternoon. Maggio finished fifth in the ACC in punting average at 43.9. For the second year in a row, he recorded the longest punt in the ACC, this year a 74-yard effort against Duke on Nov. 25. Maggio was third in the ACC with 18 punts of 50 or more yards. - Wake Forest Football


12/01/17 - (FS) - *Jessie Bates III, rSo, 6-1, 195
2017 ALL-ACC FOOTBALL HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES/MEDIA): S Jessie Bates III, So., Wake Forest, 25 Votes,...Wake Forest had eight players selected to the All-ACC teams as announced by the ACC on Monday afternoon. Bates collected 72 tackles, an interception and five pass break-ups despite missing two games during the regular season. He was a second team All-ACC pick last year. - Wake Forest Football


12/01/17 - (CB) - Essang Bassey, So, 5-10, 185
2017 ALL-ACC FOOTBALL HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES/MEDIA): CB Essang Bassey, So., Wake Forest, 40 Votes,...Wake Forest had eight players selected to the All-ACC teams as announced by the ACC on Monday afternoon. Bassey is tied for the team lead with three interceptions this season including a pair of end zone interceptions. He was twice named ACC Defensive Back of the Week during the regular season. - Wake Forest Football


11/27/17 - (P) - Dom Maggio, So, 6-2, 185
NOV 27 ACC SPECIALIST OF THE WEEK: Dom Maggio, Wake Forest, So., P, 6-3, 180, Monkton, Md.,...Maggio averaged a career-high 52.0 yards on seven punts versus Duke. Maggio had five of his seven punts downed inside the 20 as he added a career-high four punts of 50 or more yards. His first punt of the day went 74 yards and was downed at the one-yard line, leading to an eventual Wake Forest field goal. Maggio also had punts of 41, 59, 35 (downed at the two-yard line), 62, 53 and 40 yards. Three of his punts left Duke starting inside its own eight-yard line. - ACC Football


11/20/17 - (C) - Ryan Anderson, rJr, 6-5, 305
NOV 20 ACC OFFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE WEEK: Ryan Anderson, Wake Forest, Jr., C, 6-6, 305, Raleigh, N.C.,...Anderson helped Wake Forest keep a clean pocket and prevent quarterback John Wolford from being sacked during the Demon Deacons' 30-24 win over NC State. This year's Deacon squad became the first team in school history to accumulate 2,000 yards rushing and 3,000 yards passing in the same season. With 388 total points, this year's Wake Forest team is also the highest scoring in school history. Anderson graded out at 90 percent and had one knockdown block. A versatile lineman, Anderson spent several series playing tackle when Jake Benzinger was temporarily knocked out of the game. - ACC Football


11/20/17 - (WR) - Tabari Hines, Jr, 5-09, 175
NOV 20 ACC RECEIVER OF THE WEEK: Tabari Hines, Wake Forest, Jr., WR, 5-10, 175, Florence, S.C.,...Hines caught eight passes for a game-high 139 yards and a career-high three touchdowns in Wake Forest's 30-24 win over NC State. Hines had touchdown catches of 21, seven, and 18 yards from John Wolford. The third touchdown, on an 18-yard fade route with 8:03 to play in the game, proved to be the game-winning score. It was Hines' third 100-yard receiving game of the season. - ACC Football


11/20/17 - (OLB) - Demetrius Kemp, rJr, 6-1, 220
NOV 20 ACC LINEBACKER OF THE WEEK: Demetrius Kemp, Wake Forest, Jr., LB, 6-1, 215, Demopolis, Ala.,...Kemp had two critical plays for the Deacon defense in the 30-24 win over NC State. Kemp forced a fumble from Jaylen Samuels late in the third quarter to stall a Wolfpack drive. And in the closing minutes with Wake Forest leading by six, Kemp forced a fumble from Emeka Emezie and then recovered the ball in the end zone for a touchback. Kemp had eight tackles including seven solos, two forced fumbles and the crucial recovery, plus a quarterback hurry. - ACC Football


11/13/17 - (QB) - John Wolford, Sr, 6-1, 200
NOV 13 ACC OFFENSIVE BACK OF THE WEEK: John Wolford, Wake Forest, Sr., QB, 6-1, 200, Jacksonville, Fla.,...In earning his second ACC weekly accolade of the season, Wolford totaled a career-high 499 yards of total offense in leading Wake Forest to a 64-43 win at Syracuse on Saturday. Wolford completed 25 of 38 passes for 363 yards and three touchdowns while posting an efficiency rating of 172.1. Wolford rushed 19 times for a career-high 136 yards and three touchdowns, scoring on runs of three, nine and 29 yards. He accounted for six total touchdowns, tying the school record he matched on Oct. 28 against Louisville. During Wake Forest's second-half comeback (the Deacons trailed 38-24 at the half and 43-40 entering the fourth quarter), Wolford completed 12 of 18 passes for 156 yards and two touchdowns while rushing 10 times for 91 yards and a pair of scores. - ACC Football


11/13/17 - (TE) - Cam Serigne, rSr, 6-2, 240
NOV 13 ACC RECEIVER OF THE WEEK: Cam Serigne, Wake Forest, Sr., TE, 6-3, 245, Ashburn, Va.,...Serigne caught seven passes for 119 yards and three touchdowns against Syracuse. Serigne caught scoring passes of 31, 19 and six yards in the 64-43 victory. In addition, Serigne had four receptions that went for first downs. Serigne's 152 career catches for 1,912 yards are both ACC records for a tight end, and his 20 career touchdown catches tie former Virginia Tech standout Bucky Hodges and Virginia star Heath Miller for the most by a conference player at that position. - ACC Football


11/11/17 - (QB) - John Wolford, Sr, 6-1, 200
Quarterback John Wolford tossed three touchdowns and ran for three more as Wake Forest defeated Syracuse 64-43 on Saturday in a wild Atlantic Coast Conference game at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, N.Y. Wolford completed 25 of 38 pass attempts for 363 yards and rushed 19 times for 136 yards as the Demon Deacons gained 734 total yards. Wide receiver Tabari Hines had nine receptions for 124 yards, tight end Cam Serigne caught three touchdown passes and tailback Matt Colburn ran for 237 yards and two touchdowns on 31 carries, including a 76-yarder in the closing minutes.

Zack Mahoney started for Syracuse in place of injured quarterback Eric Dungey and completed 33 of 60 passes for 384 yards, with three touchdowns and two interceptions. Wide receiver Steve Ishmael had 14 receptions for 145 yards and one score for the Orange, who gained 621 total yards. Trailing 41-27 early in the third quarter, Wake Forest (6-4, 3-3 ACC) outscored the Orange 27-2 over the next 15 minutes to build a 54-43 lead. Wolford's 9-yard touchdown run ignited the comeback, and the Demon Deacons pulled within 41-40 on Wolford's 17-yard touchdown pass to Serigne. Kicker Mike Weaver's extra point was blocked by Syracuse's Kayton Samuels, and Scoop Bradshaw picked up the ball and raced to the end zone for a two-point conversion that gave the Orange (4-6, 2-4) a 43-40 advantage. - The Sports Xchange

10/30/17 - (QB) - John Wolford, Sr, 6-1, 200
Wake Forest's 625 total yards against Louisville were its most since 1968 and marked only the second time the Demon Deacons have gone over 600. Freshman Greg Dortch had 167 yards receiving and became the third player in the nation this season to catch four touchdown passes in a game. John Wolford threw for five TDs and with 461 yards passing became the first Wake Forest QB to go over 400 since 1998. - AP College Football


10/30/17 - (QB) - John Wolford, Sr, 6-1, 200
OCT 30 ACC OFFENSIVE BACK OF THE WEEK: John Wolford, Wake Forest, Sr., QB, 6-1, 200, Jacksonville, Fla.,...Wolford tied the Wake Forest school record by throwing for five touchdowns and set a school record by being responsible for six scores in the Demon Deacons' 42-32 win over Louisville. Wolford completed 28 of 34 passes for 461 yards and five touchdowns. His scores came on passes of 32, 4, 25, 52 and 44 yards. He also had a 1-yard touchdown run. Wolford was 19 of-23 for 258 yards and three touchdowns in the first half. In the second half, he completed nine of 11 passes for 203 yards and two touchdowns. - ACC Football


10/30/17 - (WR) - Greg Dortch, rFr, 5-09, 165
OCT 30 ACC RECEIVER/ROOKIE OF THE WEEK: Greg Dortch, Wake Forest, R-Fr., WR, 5-9, 165, Richmond, Va.,...Dortch was voted ACC Receiver of the Week and Rookie of the Week after he caught 10 passes for 167 yards and a school-record four touchdowns in Wake Forest's 42-32 win over Louisville. Dortch had touchdowns receptions of 32, 4, 25 and 52 yards. His 167 receiving yards marked a career high, and he finished the game with 216 all-purpose yards. Dortch, who suffered a season-ending injury during the game, is one of only three players nationally to have caught four touchdown passes in a game this season. He is the national leader among freshmen in touchdown receptions, receiving yards and receiving yards per game as well as all-purpose yards. - ACC Football


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