Campanaro Injury Hurts Wake Forest's Bowl Hopes
By Eric Russell
Wake Forest coach Jim Grobe stated the obvious during Wednesday's ACC coaches teleconference: Injured receiver Michael Campanaro is impossible to replace.
There's no doubt Campanaro was the biggest threat for the Demon Deacons on offense. With him gone for 4-to-6 weeks with a broken collarbone, Wake Forest will be forced to find other options as they make a push to become bowl eligible.
Wake Forest (4-5, 2-4) hasn't had much success on the ground this season. Almost 72 percent of the Demon Deacons'' offense has come from the passing game. They have totaled 792 rushing yards and 2,017 passing yards. Campanaro has accounted for 803 of those yards. No other player on the team has more than 15 receptions or 212 receiving yards.
Grobe also mentioned Wednesday the team will have to utilize the other receivers and get them to step up because he didn't expect one to stand out the way Campanaro has. Wake Forest needs to win two of its final three games to join the six ACC teams who are already bowl eligible. With Florida State next up, Wake Forest's bowl hopes likely come down to the final two games, at home against Duke and on the road against SEC foe Vanderbilt.
Freshman Johnathan Williams is second on the team with 212 receiving yards, but 143 came in the season opener against Presbyterian. He hasn't been nearly as productive since. Wake Forest may be in for a rocky end to the season if it can't get any added production from Josh Harris and the run game.