Team preview: Wake Forest

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(All information as of June 20, 2008)


In many ways, Wake Forest's nine-win season in 2007 was more remarkable -- and more significant -- than the Deacons' breakthrough 11-win campaign in 2006.

That first successful season could have been a fluke. It seemed to come out of nowhere. Not only was it the Deacons' first ACC title in 37 years, those 11 wins were the first time in school history that a Wake Forest football team won more than eight games in a season.

Now the Deacons have topped eight wins twice in a row ... and appear to be poised for another good year.

"We've still got a ways to go, but 20 wins in the last two years -- we've proven we can sustain success," head coach Jim Grobe said.

The back-to-back success is evidence that Grobe's long rebuilding effort has paid off -- not with one good team, but with a good program. After decades as the ACC's doormat, Wake Forest now looks like a perennial contender in the league.