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Here Comes the Wake Forest Offense

By BJ Bennett
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Wake Forest, after finishing last or second-to-last in the ACC in scoring each of the last five seasons, now has one of the league's most dynamic units.

One of the great stories of the start to the college football season has been the rise of Wake Forest's offense. Now 3-0, the Demon Deacons have scored 51, 34 and 46 points to date, already reaching the endzone over half as many times as they did a year ago. Wake Forest, after finishing last or second-to-last in the ACC in scoring offense each of the last five seasons, now has one of the league's most dynamic units.

In a 46-10 victory over Utah State on Saturday, the Demon Deacons compiled 588 total yards, the program's most against an FBS opponent in over 40 years. The afternoon featured remarkable harmony for Wake Forest, which finished with 297 passing yards, 291 rushing yards and, for good measure, zero turnovers. Head coach Dave Clawson, coordinator Warren Ruggiero and the offensive staff have clearly found an impressive rhythm between philosophy and personnel. 

Senior quarterback John Wolford, perhaps the most experienced signal caller in the country, now has six touchdown passes and three rushing scores to along with no interceptions. Running back Arkeem Byrd just burst onto the scene with 120 yards and a touchdown. Receiver Tarabi Hines is fresh off his second-career 100-yard game and fellow wideout Greg Dortch now has four touchdown receptions to go along with tight end Cam Serigne's three. A front line featuring four redshirt junior starters is asserting itself at the line of scrimmage.

Hines and Byrd, a pair of explosive playmakers, gave the Demon Deacons their first 100-yard skill position tandem in a game since 2011. 

In what is becoming an unprecedented offensive turnaround, Wake Forest has balance, chemistry and, quite clearly, confidence.

Watch out of the Demon Deacons, a team playing with an attacking pace and productivity. This new-look Wake Forest is off to the races and doesn't appear to be turning back.

BJ Bennett - B.J. Bennett is SouthernPigskin.com's founder and publisher. He is the co-host of "Three & Out" with Kevin Thomas and Ben Troupe on the "Southern Pigskin Radio Network". Email: bj@espncoastal.com / Twitter: @BJBennettSports