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Wolford Leading the Way for Wake Forest

By BJ Bennett
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John Wolford has made a major impact at Wake Forest, leading a program rebuild and leaving a storied legacy.

Wake Forest's offense is producing at a historic rate. The Demon Deacons are currently rewriting the record books, averaging 427.3 yards per game, well more than the program's top mark of 408.1 in 2002, and are on pace to score over 30 points per game for the first season ever. Veteran quarterback John Wolford is a big reason why. The senior signal caller is up to third all-time in total yards at Wake Forest, also ranking seventh in the country in passer rating.

One of the most experienced quarterbacks in the game, Wolford has been remarkable this fall. For point of reference, he has a higher completion percentage than Oklahoma State's Mason Rudolph, is averaging more yards per throw than Ohio State's J.T. Barrett, has more passing touchdowns than Washington's Jake Browning and has as many rushing scores as LSU tailback Derrius Guice. Wolford, in fact, is the only quarterback in college football with 15 touchdown passes and fewer than three interceptions to complete at least 65% of his passes at over nine yards per attempt. 

Wolford is fresh off the best game of his career, one that will be well-represented in school media guides for years to come: 28-of-34 passing for 461 yards, with five touchdowns and a rushing score in squaring off against defending Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson and Louisville. He was recently named the CFPA National Performer of the Week.

"John played flawlessly. That was a complete football game. He represents the very best at Wake Forest. He is a first-class young man. He works extremely hard. He’s a great student. I think John exemplifies our whole program," head coach Dave Clawson explained post-game. "It’s so rewarding to see him as a senior have this type of year and have this type of game." 

The Demon Deacons need just one more win for bowl eligibility, as Wolford has Wake Forest poised for another postseason bid. He and his team will step into the national spotlight this weekend as the Demon Deacons will play at 5th-ranked Notre Dame, a one-loss foe directly in the College Football Playoff discussion. Some, around the country, will get to see the ever-improving Wolford for the first time.    

Already, Wolford has made a major impact at Wake Forest, leading a program rebuild and leaving a storied legacy. More opportunities remain for a talent that is making the absolute most of his. Wolford is a game-changer and has the numbers and the narrative to prove it.

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