Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Wolford on Run Helping Wake; Former BK QB Adds New Dimension Heading into Game against Seminoles

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Wolford on Run Helping Wake; Former BK QB Adds New Dimension Heading into Game against Seminoles

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Byline: Garry Smits

One of the biggest reasons for Wake Forest's turnaround this season is the offensive line is enabling former Bishop Kenny quarterback John Wolford to work from an upright position.

Even though Florida State has struggled on defense this season, the Demon Deacons' front wall will have to contend with players such as defensive ends DeMarcus Walker of Jacksonville and Josh Sweat on Saturday when Wake (5-1, 2-1) travels to Doak Campbell Stadium to play the 14th-ranked Seminoles (4-2, 1-2).

When Wolford was a freshman in 2014, just a few months removed from his graduation from Bishop Kenny, he took the lion's share of 48 sacks that season, an average of four per game. Wolford net a net of minus-151 yards rushing.

It got a bit better last season, when Wake allowed only 40 sacks. This season, the Deacons are on a pace to allow only 26, and Wolford is also making more plays with his feet, gaining 276 yards (5.2 yards per carry) and scoring five touchdowns in addition to throwing for 826 yards and three TDs, with only one interception.

"We have always known that John can run the ball," senior guard Tyler Hayworth said on Tuesday during a news conference at Wake Forest. "When he shows he can run like that, it brings another element to his game. Other teams need to prepare for that. It is nice to have that two-dimensional game because it keeps the defense on their toes."

Wolford was sacked only once, gained 94 yards on the ground and ran for two touchdowns in last week's 28-9 victory over Syracuse.

Wolford actually lost the Deacons' starting job last month against Duke, but gained it back when Kendall Hilton suffered sprained knee ligaments. Hilton isn't expected to play against the Seminoles, though he hasn't officially been ruled out.

Regardless, Wolford has led Wake to victories over Indiana and Syracuse. …

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