2007 Wake Forest Demon Deacons football team
The 2007 Wake Forest Demon Deacons football team represented Wake Forest University during the 2007 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The team was coached by Jim Grobe in his seventh season at the school and played its home games at BB&T Field. The team began its season with an Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) game on Saturday, September 1, 2007 against Boston College. Wake Forest played its first season since winning the 2006 ACC championship, their first in 36 years.
|2007 Wake Forest Demon Deacons football|
Meineke Car Care Bowl champion
|Conference||Atlantic Coast Conference|
|2007 record||9–4 (5–3 ACC)|
|Head coach||Jim Grobe (7th season)|
|Offensive coordinator||Steed Lobotzke|
|Defensive coordinator||Dean Hood|
|Home stadium||BB&T Field|
(c. 31,500, FieldTurf)
|2007 ACC football standings|
|No. 10 Boston College x||6||–||2||11||–||3|
|No. 21 Clemson||5||–||3||9||–||4|
|No. 9 Virginia Tech x$||7||–||1||11||–||3|
Championship: Virginia Tech 30, Boston College 16
Rankings from AP Poll
Following the most successful season in team history in 2006, the 2007 team was not widely predicted to win the ACC despite returning many offensive starters from 2006. Some sports writers stated that they believed 2006 to have been a fluke and that Wake Forest was not going to win as many games in 2007, especially because of the losses on defense, including the loss of linebacker Jon Abbate to the National Football League. Wake Forest was picked to finish fourth in the Atlantic Division of the ACC in the annual preseason poll conducted by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association. Lindy's was the only major preseason magazine to pick Wake Forest as a Top-25 team.
Linebacker Eric Berry was ruled academically ineligible for the 2007 season.
Mike Rinfrette moved from fullback to linebacker in spring practice.
On National Signing Day, Wake Forest signed 20 recruits in all, eleven defensive players and nine offensive players.
- Steve Justice (C)- 2007 Lombardi Trophy Watch List; 2007 Outland Trophy Watch List; 2007 Rimington Trophy Watch List 
- Zac Selmon (TE)- 2007 Wuerffel Trophy Nominee 
- Riley Skinner (QB) 2007 Maxwell Award Watch List; 2007 Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award Watch List 
- Sam Swank (P)- 2007 Ray Guy Award Watch List 
Bold indicates starter in last game
|Position||Name||First year at WFU|
|Head Coach||Jim Grobe||2001|
|Wide Receivers||Tim Billings||2006|
|Fullbacks / Tight ends||Tom Elrod||2003|
|Defensive Ends||Keith Henry||2001|
|Defensive coordinator / Secondary||Dean Hood||2001|
|Offensive coordinator / Offensive line||Steed Lobotzke||2001|
|Defensive tackles||Ray McCartney||2001|
|Assistant Head Coach / Running backs / Kickers||Billy Mitchell||2001|
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|September 1||3:30 PM||at Boston College||ABC||L 28–38||42,292|
|September 8||12:00 PM||No. 17 Nebraska*||ESPN||L 17–20||32,483|
|September 15||3:30 PM||Army*||ACC Select||W 21–10||32,142|
|September 22||3:30 PM||Maryland||ESPNU||W 31–24 OT||31,964|
|October 6||1:00 PM||at Duke||ACC Select||W 41–36||20,134|
|October 11||7:30 PM||No. 21 Florida State||ESPN||W 24–21||32,906|
|October 20||1:00 PM||at Navy*||CSTV||W 44–24||36,992|
|October 27||12:00 PM||North Carolina||LFS||W 37–10||33,023|
|November 3||12:00 PM||at Virginia||No. 21||LFS||L 16–17||60,106|
|November 10||12:00 PM||at No. 20 Clemson||ESPN2||L 10–44||82,422|
|November 17||4:00 PM||North Carolina State||ESPNU||W 18–38||33,052|
|November 24||2:00 PM||at Vanderbilt*||W 31–17||27,650|
|December 29||1:00 PM||vs. Connecticut*||ESPN||W 24–10||53,126|
@ Boston CollegeEdit
North Carolina StateEdit
- All-ACC Second Team
- All-ACC Honorable Mention
- Josh Adams (RB)- 2007 ACC Rookie of the Year and 2007 ACC Offensive Rookie of the Year 
- Matt Robinson (DE)- 2007 ACC Brian Piccolo Award 
- 2007 AFCA First Team All-American
- "Wake Forest Wins First ACC Title Since 1970". Retrieved 2007-07-16.
- "2007 ACC football preview". Archived from the original on 2007-08-24. Retrieved 2007-09-01.
- Wake Forest Picked To Finish Fourth In ACC Atlantic
- Eric Berry Ruled Academically Ineligible for 2007
- "Lombardi Trophy Watchlist". Archived from the original on 2007-11-04. Retrieved 2007-10-31.
- Outland Trophy Preseason Watch List
- "Rimington Trophy Watch List". Archived from the original on 2007-11-04. Retrieved 2007-10-31.
- "Wuerffel Trophy Nominees". Archived from the original on 2008-05-16. Retrieved 2007-10-31.
- "Maxwell Award Watch List". Archived from the original on 2007-09-28. Retrieved 2007-10-31.
- "O'Brien Watch List". Archived from the original on 2007-11-04. Retrieved 2007-10-31.
- Ray Guy Award Watch List
- Boston College 38 Wake Forest 28
- Nebraska 20 Wake Forest 17
- Wake Forest 21 Army 10[permanent dead link]
- Wake Forest 31 Maryland 24[permanent dead link]
- Wake Forest 41 Duke 36
- Wake Forest 24 Florida State 21[permanent dead link]
- Wake Forest 44 Navy 24
- Wake Forest 37 North Carolina 10
- Clemson 44 Wake Forest 10
- Wake Forest 38 North Carolina State 18
- Wake Forest 31 Vanderbilt 17[permanent dead link]
- Wake Forest 24 Connecticut 10
- "Wake Forest's Steve Justice named Jacobs Blocking Trophy Recipient". Archived from the original on 2008-11-20. Retrieved 2007-11-25.
- "2007 All-ACC Football Teams Announced". Archived from the original on 2008-05-15. Retrieved 2007-11-26.
- "Wake Forest's Josh Adams Claims ACC Rookie of the Year Honors". Archived from the original on 2008-07-23. Retrieved 2007-11-27.
- "Wake Forest's Matt Robinson Named ACC's Piccolo Award Winner". Archived from the original on 2008-11-20. Retrieved 2007-11-30.
- Justice Named Rimington Trophy Finalist
- "2007 AFCA Coaches' All-America Team". Archived from the original on 2008-10-16. Retrieved 2007-11-29.
- Louis Frazier Named Academic All-America