Looking ahead to Clemson's 2018 opponents: Wake Forest

Looking ahead to Clemson's 2018 opponents: Wake Forest

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Looking ahead to Clemson's 2018 opponents: Wake Forest

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During the 2018 regular season, Clemson will play eight bowl teams that finished with winning records in 2017. The slate also includes non-conference games against SEC teams for the eighth time in the last nine years.

The Tigers will play their sixth game of the season on Oct. 6 against Wake Forest at BB&T Field in Winston-Salem, N.C..

Here is a sneak peek at the 2018 Wake Forest Demon Deacons:

Who: Wake Forest – October 6, 2018 at BB&T Field.

Last meeting: Clemson defeated Wake Forest 28-14 last season in Clemson at Memorial Stadium.

Last season: Georgia Tech went 8-5 on the season and 4-4 in the ACC last season. The Demon Deacons defeated the Texas A&M Aggies in the Belk Bowl 55-52 for the program’s second straight bowl win.

Coaching staff: Dave Clawson remains Wake Forest’s head coach. Clawson brought on defensive assistant coach Ryan Crawford who previously served as Harvard’s secondary and special teams coach.

Returning:

Luckily for the Deacs, wide receiver Greg Dortch is completely healthy again and will return this season. Wide receivers Sage Surratt, Waydale Jones and running backs Arkeem Byrd and Christian Beal will also return. Inside linebacker Justin Strnad will also return after playing meaningful snaps behind Grant Dawson and Jaboree Williams last season. Demetrius Kemp, who started as the team’s rover last year, also returns.

Additions:

Wake Forest signed 21 players to its 2018 recruiting class during the early signing period. Cornerback Marquis Alston also committed and signed with the Deacs on National Signing Day.

Subtractions:

The Demon Deacons lose stars such as defensive lineman Duke Ejiofor, defensive back Jessie Bates, tight end Cam Serigne, defensive lineman Wendell Dunn, and linebackers Grant Dawson and Jaboree Williams. They also lose quarterback John Wolford.

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