WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Wake Forest head coach Dave Clawson today named freshman John Wolford as the Demon Deacons' starting quarterback for the season opener at Louisiana-Monroe on August 28.
Wolford is a 6-1, 205-pound freshman from Jacksonville, Fla. (Bishop Kenny). He enrolled at Wake Forest for the first summer session in late May and has been on campus for a little over two months.
"John Wolford is going to be our starting quarterback," said Clawson. "We made that decision today after watching the tape of the scrimmage. Not just last night in the scrimmage but consistently through camp, he has executed the offense at the highest level. I think he gives us the best opportunity to win football games.
"We will try and redshirt players but if a freshman gives us the best chance to win, we're going to play him. It's not fair to the juniors and the seniors in the program to make a decision based on what's best five years from now. He gives us the best chance to win so we will now prepare him as our starting quarterback. "
Clawson was asked if he had any concerns about starting a freshman.
"You always prefer to have experience at that position and you always prefer to have somebody who has had snaps in game situations but we were going to be starting a brand new quarterback no matter who we played," said Clawson. "We graduated a four-year starter (Tanner Price) and as I said throughout the spring, it was going to be an open competition. And when we felt things started to separate, we would make a decision. We really feel 10 practices into (camp), it is separable. We've got to get him reps with the first offense, get him reps with the first receivers. Certainly the timing and the way the offense operates, I think we need multiple quarterbacks. We need to start loading him with reps and make sure he is prepared to go in two and a half weeks."
Wolford will be the first true freshman quarterback to start for Wake Forest since Price earned his first start at Stanford in Week 3 of his freshman season in 2010.