Wake Forest football coach Jim Grobe hoping RB Josh Harris spearheads Demon Deacon’s confidence boost with win over Maryland

October 29, 2010 | Ryan Chell

A young football team sometimes hits big slides, and that is certainly is the diagnosis that Wake Forest football coach Jim Grobe gave Thyrl Nelson Thursday on “The Mobtown Sports Beat” as his Demon Deacons prepare for the Maryland Terrapins Saturday at 3:30.

Jim Grobe

The Demon Deacons(2-5, 1-3 ACC) are on a five-game slide, and despite the circumstances and a weak schedule for Maryland, Wake knows what they have in front of them with the Terps on Saturday.

“We’re playing a really good Maryland team that’s on a roll right now,” Grobe said. “We’ve played five pretty teams here in a row, and we’re getting ready to play the sixth one.”

Thyrl asked Coach Grobe if beating Maryland-which scheduled Saturday’s contest as their homecoming game(which sometime can be deemed an insult to a visiting squad)-is considered a statement game, but Grobe said a team that is in their position really isn’t in a position to be playing a game that fits that description.

“When you’ve lost five straight, I don’t think you start talking about statement games,” Grobe said. “For us, we’re playing a lot of young guys right now, and at times we haven’t played really well, but at times we’ve played okay.”

Grobe is in his tenth season at the helm of the Demon Deacons, and has a record of 61-56 at Wake Forest. Before moving to coach in Carolina, Grobe had spent six previous seasons coaching the Ohio Bobcats.