One Wake player with a lot of confidence on his shoulders and the Deacons’ biggest weapon toward earning an upset is redshirt freshman running back Josh Harris, who recently was named ACC Rookie of the Week two weeks ago in the loss to Virginia Tech.
In the loss, Harris rushed 20 times for 244 yards and two scores against the Hokies, breaking the record for most yards allowed by one back against Virginia Tech. He had touchdown runs of 33 and 87 yards in his first career start, and his 87-yard touchdown run was good for third-longest in school history and was the longest play from scrimmage in Wake’s history in 32 years-ironically which was also against the Maryland Terrapins.
Grobe likes what he sees out of his young running back, and Thyrl was quick to point out that Harris may be the prime example of the youth and raw talent on the Demon Deacons roster.
“I think he has taken the mental part of the game very seriously,” the Wake coach said. “He wants to know what to do, he doesn’t want to make mistakes, and that’s been the real key. What we hope is that he can start coming every week and give us a consistent performance.”
Wake’s schedule after Maryland remains with Boston College, N.C State, Clemson, and Vanderbilt, three of which are in the ACC. And while some of those games look to be winnable for the Deacons, Grobe knows that each of these conferences games are ones that they cannot take lightly or assume they can win.