2016 Wake Forest Demon Deacons football team

The 2016 Wake Forest Demon Deacons football team represented Wake Forest University during the 2016 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The team was coached by Dave Clawson, who was in his third season at the school, and played its home games at BB&T Field. Wake Forest competed in the Atlantic Division of the Atlantic Coast Conference, as they have since the league's inception in 1953. They finished the season 7–6, 3–5 in ACC play to finish in a tie for fourth place in the Atlantic Division. They were invited to the Military Bowl where they defeated Temple.

2016 Wake Forest Demon Deacons football
Wake Forest University Athletic logo.svg
Military Bowl champion
Military Bowl, W 34–26 vs. Temple
ConferenceAtlantic Coast Conference
DivisionAtlantic Division
2016 record7–6 (3–5 ACC)
Head coachDave Clawson (3rd season)
Offensive coordinatorWarren Ruggiero (3rd season)
Defensive coordinatorMike Elko (3rd season)
Home stadiumBB&T Field
(Capacity: 31,500, FieldTurf)
Seasons
← 2015
2017 →
2016 ACC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Atlantic Division
No. 1 Clemson xy$#   7 1         14 1  
No. 21 Louisville x   7 1         9 4  
No. 8 Florida State   5 3         10 3  
NC State   3 5         7 6  
Wake Forest   3 5         7 6  
Boston College   2 6         7 6  
Syracuse   2 6         4 8  
Coastal Division
No. 16 Virginia Tech xy   6 2         10 4  
North Carolina   5 3         8 5  
No. 20 Miami   5 3         9 4  
Pittsburgh   5 3         8 5  
Georgia Tech   4 4         9 4  
Duke   1 7         4 8  
Virginia   1 7         2 10  
Championship: Clemson 42, Virginia Tech 35
    1. – College Football Playoff champion
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
Rankings from AP Poll

When Wake Forest lost to Louisville on November 12, Dave Clawson alleged that Louisville had received impermissible information that benefited the Cardinals on the football field.[1] On December 14, 2016, after a month long probe, several media outlets reported that former Wake Forest staff member and IMG College radio analyst Tommy Elrod had been dismissed from the program for leaking confidential and proprietary game preparations on multiple occasions.[2]

RecruitingEdit

ScheduleEdit

DateTimeOpponentSiteTVResultAttendance
September 17:00 p.m.Tulane*ACCN+W 7–324,398
September 103:30 p.m.at DukeESPNUW 24–1421,077
September 176:30 p.m.Delaware*
  • BB&T Field
  • Winston-Salem, NC
ACCN+W 38–2125,972
September 243:30 p.m.at Indiana*BTNW 33–2845,519
October 13:30 p.m.at NC StateACCRSNL 16–3358,200
October 87:00 p.m.Syracuse
  • BB&T Field
  • Winston-Salem, NC
ACCRSNW 28–925,162
October 153:30 p.m.at No. 14 Florida StateESPNL 6–1777,102
October 293:30 p.m.Army* 
  • BB&T Field
  • Winston-Salem, NC
ACCRSNL 13–2127,938
November 53:00 p.m.Virginia
  • BB&T Field
  • Winston-Salem, NC
ACCRSNW 27–2025,334
November 127:00 p.m.at No. 5 LouisvilleESPN2L 12–4451,218
November 197:00 p.m.No. 5 Clemson
  • BB&T Field
  • Winston-Salem, NC
ESPNL 13–3531,152
November 263:00 p.m.Boston College
  • BB&T Field
  • Winston-Salem, NC
ACCRSNL 14–1724,866
December 273:30 p.m.vs. No. 24 TempleESPNW 34–2626,656
  • *Non-conference game
  •  Homecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game
  • All times are in Eastern time
Schedule Source:[3]

Coaching staff and RosterEdit

Coaching StaffEdit

Position Name First year at WFU
Head Coach Dave Clawson 2014
Defensive Coordinator / Safeties Mike Elko 2014
Asst Head Coach / Receivers Kevin Higgins 2014
Offensive Coordinator / Quarterbacks Warren Ruggiero 2014
Special Teams Coordinator / Tight Ends Adam Scheier 2014
Defensive Line Dave Cohen 2014
Running Backs John Hunter 2014
Cornerbacks Derrick Jackson 2012
Offensive Line Nick Tabacca 2014
Source:[4]

Game summariesEdit

TulaneEdit

3rd meeting. 0–2 all time. Last meeting 1995, 35–9 Green Wave in New Orleans.[5]

Week One: Tulane Green Wave at Wake Forest Demon Deacons – Game summary[6]
1 2 34Total
Green Wave 3 0 003
Demon Deacons 0 7 007

at BB&T Field, Winston–Salem, NC

  • Date: September 1
  • Game time: 7:00 PM EST
  • Game weather: 72° F • N 2 • Cloudy, some rain
  • Game attendance: 24,398
  • Referee: David Epperley
  • TV announcers (ESPN3): Play-by-Play: Taylor Zauzour • Color Analyst: Al Groh
  • Final Stats
Game information

@ DukeEdit

97th meeting. 37–57–2 all time. Last meeting 2015, 27–21 Blue Devils in Winston–Salem.[5]

Week Two: Wake Forest Demon Deacons at Duke Blue Devils – Game summary[6]
1 2 34Total
Demon Deacons 0 7 14324
Blue Devils 7 0 7014

at Wallace Wade Stadium, Durham, NC

Game information

DelawareEdit

2nd meeting. 1–0 all time. Last meeting 1932, 7–0 Demon Deacons in Newark.[5]

Week Three: Delaware Fightin' Blue Hens at Wake Forest Demon Deacons – Game summary[6]
1 2 34Total
Fightin' Blue Hens 7 7 0721
Demon Deacons 10 14 14038

at BB&T Field, Winston-Salem, NC

  • Date: September 17
  • Game time: 6:30 PM EST
  • Game weather: 82° F • N 1 • Clear
  • Game attendance: 25,972
  • Referee: Jerry Magallanes
  • TV announcers (ESPN3): Play-by-Play: Dave Weekley • Color Analyst: Tom O'Brien
  • Final Stats
Game information

@ IndianaEdit

2nd meeting. 0–1 all time. Last meeting 2015, 31–24 Hoosiers in Winston–Salem.[5]

Week Four: Wake Forest Demon Deacons at Indiana Hoosiers – Game summary[6]
1 2 34Total
Demon Deacons 7 14 6633
Hoosiers 7 0 14728

at Memorial Stadium, Bloomington, IN

  • Date: September 24
  • Game time: 3:30 PM EST
  • Game weather: 85° F • N–NE 5 • Fair
  • Game attendance: 45,519
  • Referee: Don Willard
  • TV announcers (BTN): Play-by-Play: Joe BeninatiColor Analyst: J Leman
  • Final Stats
Game information

@ NC StateEdit

110th meeting. 38–65–6 all time. Last meeting 2015, 35–17 Wolfpack in Winston–Salem.[5]

Week Five: Wake Forest Demon Deacons at NC State Wolfpack – Game summary[6]
1 2 34Total
Demon Deacons 0 9 7016
Wolfpack 17 6 3733

at Carter–Finley Stadium, Raleigh, NC

  • Date: October 1
  • Game time: 3:30 PM EST
  • Game weather: 83° F • SSW 9 • Mostly cloudy
  • Game attendance: 58,200
  • Referee: Duane Heydt
  • TV announcers (ACCRSN): Play-by-Play: Wes DurhamColor Analyst: James Bates • Sideline: Lyndsay Rowley
  • Final Stats
Game information

SyracuseEdit

6th meeting. 1–4 all time. Last meeting 2015, 30–17 Orange in Syracuse.[5]

Week Six: Syracuse Orange at Wake Forest Demon Deacons – Game summary[6]
1 2 34Total
Orange 2 7 009
Demon Deacons 0 14 01428

at BB&T Field, Winston-Salem, NC

  • Date: October 8
  • Game time: 7:00 PM EST
  • Game weather: 63° F • NW 13 • Rain (Hurr. Matthew)
  • Game attendance: 25,162
  • Referee: Riley Johnson
  • TV announcers (ACCRSN): Play-by-Play: Bob Rathburn • Color Analyst: Takeo SpikesSideline: Kelsey Wingert
  • Final Stats
Game information

@ Florida StateEdit

35th meeting. 6–27–1 all time. Last meeting 2015, 24–16 Seminoles in Winston–Salem.[5]

Week Seven: Wake Forest Demon Deacons at Florida State Seminoles – Game summary[6]
1 2 34Total
Demon Deacons 0 3 306
#14 Seminoles 3 7 7017

at Doak Campbell Stadium, Tallahassee, FL

  • Date: October 15
  • Game time: 3:30 PM EST
  • Game weather: 83° F • E 8 • Partly cloudy
  • Game attendance: 77,102
  • Referee: Stuart Mullins
  • TV announcers (ESPN): Play-by-Play: Bob WischusenColor Analyst: Brock HuardSideline: Allison Williams
  • Final Stats
Game information

ArmyEdit

16th meeting. 11–4 all time. Last meeting 2015, 17–14 Demon Deacons in West Point.[5]

Week Nine: Army Black Knights at Wake Forest Demon Deacons – Game summary[6]
1 2 34Total
Black Knights 7 0 01421
Demon Deacons 0 7 3313

at BB&T Field, Winston-Salem, NC

  • Date: October 29
  • Game time: 3:00 PM EST
  • Game weather: 76° F • SW 4 • Clear
  • Game attendance: 27,948
  • Referee: David Epperley
  • TV announcers (ACCRSN): Play-by-Play: James Bates • Color Analyst: Takeo Spikes • Sideline: Kelsey Wingert
  • Final Stats
Game information

VirginiaEdit

49th meeting. 14–34 all time. Last meeting 2012, 16–10 Demon Deacons in Charlottesville.[5]

Week Ten: Virginia Cavaliers at Wake Forest Demon Deacons – Game summary[6]
1 2 34Total
Cavaliers 6 0 14020
Demon Deacons 7 10 01027

at BB&T Field, Winston-Salem, NC

  • Date: November 5
  • Game time: 3:00 PM EST
  • Game weather: 63° F • WNW 4 • Sunny
  • Game attendance: 25,334
  • Referee: Riley Johnson
  • TV announcers (ACCRSN): Play-by-Play: Wes Durham • Color Analyst: James Bates • Sideline: Niki Noto
  • Final Stats
Game information

@ LouisvilleEdit

4th meeting. 0–3 all time. Last meeting 2015, 20–19 Cardinals in Winston–Salem.[5]

Week Eleven: Wake Forest Demon Deacons at Louisville Cardinals – Game summary[6]
1 2 34Total
Demon Deacons 6 6 0012
#5 Cardinals 0 3 73444

at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium, Louisville, KY

  • Date: November 12
  • Game time: 7:00 PM EST
  • Game weather: 48° F • ENE 3 • Clear
  • Game attendance: 51,218
  • Referee: J. Maconaghy
  • TV announcers (ESPN2): Play-by-Play: Jason BenettiColor Analyst: Kelly StoufferSideline: Paul Carcaterra
  • Final Stats
Game information

ClemsonEdit

82nd meeting. 17–63–1 all time. Last meeting 2015, 33–13 Tigers in Clemson.[5]

Week Twelve: Clemson Tigers at Wake Forest Demon Deacons – Game summary[6]
1 2 34Total
#5 Tigers 21 7 0735
Demon Deacons 0 10 3013

at BB&T Field, Winston-Salem, NC

  • Date: November 19
  • Game time: 7:00 PM EST
  • Game weather: 44° F • NW 16 • Clear
  • Game attendance: 31,512
  • Referee: Jeff Flanagan
  • TV announcers (ESPN): Play-by-Play: Bob Wischusen • Color Analyst: Brock Huard • Sideline: Allison Williams
  • Final Stats
Game information

Boston CollegeEdit

24th meeting. 9–12–2 all time. Last meeting 2015, 3–0 Demon Deacons in Chestnut Hill.[5]

Week Thirteen: Boston College Eagles at Wake Forest Demon Deacons – Game summary[6]
1 2 34Total
Eagles 10 0 0717
Demon Deacons 0 0 14014

at BB&T Field, Winston-Salem, NC

  • Date: November 26
  • Game time: 3:00 PM EST
  • Game weather: 52° F • WNW 12 • Clear
  • Game attendance: 24,866
  • Referee: David Epperley
  • TV announcers (ACCRSN): Play-by-Play: Bob Wischusen • Color Analyst: Brock Huard • Sideline: Allison Williams
  • Final Stats
Game information

vs. Temple – Military BowlEdit

2nd meeting. 0–1 all time. Last meeting 1930, 36–0 Owls in Philadelphia.[5]

Military Bowl: Wake Forest Demon Deacons vs. Temple Owls – Game summary[6]
1 2 34Total
#23 Owls 7 3 10626
Demon Deacons 14 17 0334

at Navy–Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Annapolis, MD

  • Date: December 27
  • Game time: 3:30 PM EST
  • Game weather: 63° F • W 5–10 • Partly cloudy
  • Game attendance: 26,656
  • Referee: Kevin Stine
  • TV announcers (ESPN): Play-by-Play: Jason Benetti • Color Analyst: Kelly Stouffer • Sideline: Paul Carcaterra
  • Final Stats
Game information


ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Wake Forest investigates whether plays leaked to or stolen by Louisville". USA TODAY. Retrieved December 14, 2016.
  2. ^ "Wake Forest fires radio analyst Tommy Elrod for attempting to leak football game plans". Retrieved December 14, 2016.
  3. ^ "2016 Wake Forest Demon Deacons Football Schedule". FB Schedules. Retrieved January 26, 2016.[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ "2016 Wake Forest Coaching Staff". The Official Site of Wake Forest Demon Deacons. Retrieved January 26, 2016.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m "Demon Deacon Football Guide: Section 6 - History" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on August 18, 2017. Retrieved August 10, 2017.
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m "2016 Wake Forest Football Game Notes" (PDF). December 27, 2016. Archived from the original (PDF) on August 10, 2017. Retrieved August 10, 2017.