October 28, 2007

Grading Out: Wake-UNC

The Demon Deacons added another victory to their impressive winning streak, which now stands at six games. Although they were outgained by the Tar Heels, Wake Forest proved that they are a complete team that is able to beat opponents in many different ways. They routed North Carolina 37-10 with a little bit of offense, defense, and a whole lot of special teams. Deacons Illustrated takes a look back at the game and passes out grades for Wake's performance.

Quarterbacks: B+

Riley Skinner raised his season completion percentage to 72% by completing 12 out of 15 passes for 133 yards. Although those stats aren't overwhelmingly impressive, they do appear to show that Skinner is reverting back to last season's form which earned him ACC Rookie of the Year award. After struggling in the Maryland game in which he was obviously trying to shake off the rust coming off of a separated his shoulder, Skinner has completed more than 70% of his passes in every game. He has become just what the Demon Deacons need, an excellent game manager. At the beginning of the season it appeared that Skinner was trying to make too many things happen, and he forced some throws that resulted in interceptions. Since then, he has been making sound decisions and has let his teammates work for him. That fact is very evident when looking at Skinner's season statistics, in which he is 85th in the country in total passing yards, but is 2nd in the nation in completion percentage. In the North Carolina game, Skinner made good throws when he needed to, but allowed the running game and the defense to do the dirty work.

Running Backs: A-

For the first time since the Duke game three weeks ago, Josh Adams failed to hit the century mark on the ground. However, for the first time all season, Adams scored two rushing touchdowns in one game. The running game was pretty effective as both Adams and Micah Andrews averaged well over 4 yards per carry, but the truth is, the Demon Deacons just did not need a big day from any unit on offense to secure the win.

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