Freshman QB John Wolford named Wake Forest starter

The Winston-Salem Journal is reporting that Freshman QB John Wolford has been named the starter for Wake Forest.

Head coach Dave Clawson said,

“John Wolford is going to be our starting quarterback.  We made that decision (Monday) after watching the tape of (Sunday’s) scrimmage.  Not just last night in the scrimmage, but consistently through camp he has executed the offense at the highest level. And I think he gives us our best opportunity to win football games.’’

The 6-1, 205-pound quarterback from Jacksonville, Florida emerged from a four-way battle with redshirt junior Kevin Sousa, redshirt sophomore Tyler Cameron and freshman Travis Smith. Barring an injury or change of heart by Clawson, Wolford will be the first quarterback in 40 seasons to start his first game at Wake Forest when the Deacons open at Louisiana-Monroe on Aug. 28.

Clawson added,

“I’ve said this before — we’ll try to redshirt players, but if a freshman gives us the best chance to win, we’re going to play them.  It is not fair to the juniors and seniors in the program to make a decision based on what’s best five years from now.

“We believe he gives us the best chance to win, so we’re now preparing him as our starting quarterback.”