Why The Hire Of Dave Clawson Makes Sense For Wake Forest
By James Ferguson
Can Dave Clawson manage to win consistently, or at all, as Wake Forest's new football coach?
Clawson was 32-31 in five seasons at Bowling Green and he led his Falcons this season to a MAC championship with a 47-27 win over Jordan Lynch and at the time, undefeated Northern Illinois. Clawson will inherit a team coming off of a 4-8 year in the ACC.
Clawson brings a lot to the table for Wake, especially with his experience being in conference game championships and bowl games. Now that he has control of a team from a big-time conference, he will put his expertise to use.
The bigger picture plays out as such for Wake; Clawson is a new face that will change the atmosphere of football for the Demon Deacons. He is known to run a pro-style offense which will be a big plus for recruits that want to play on Sundays. Another upside to the hiring is that he usually focuses his offense around the key players, using them to the best of their ability. In that sense, any recruit that comes into Wake who was a standout in high school will have a better chance at getting more playing time at a program such as Wake Forest, instead of Florida State or Miami. Clawson has not always been called your typical coach, so his ability to utilize his stars will ultimately play out in his favor for incoming freshmen.
Clawson will need to replace his starting quarterback and running back as they will graduate and will give a new young look for Wake Forest. Clawson has been in that position before, as he used quarterback Matt Johnson and running back Travis Greene to the best of their abilities at Bowling Green to help the Falcons win the MAC championship. Johnson in his first full season under center for Bowling Green threw for 25 touchdowns as a sophomore. Greene, also a sophomore in his first full season starting for Bowling Green, rushed for almost 1,600 yards and added 11 touchdowns. Those stats right there should bring a smile to any Wake Forest football fan.
Clawson's offense at Bowling Green last season was in the top 40 for passing yards, rushing yards and points scored of all the FBS schools. The highest that Wake ranked in any of the three categories was 96th-best. The offensive side of the ball definitely will improve for Wake Forest next season and the defense will as well, as Clawson's Falcons only let up 16 points per game.