Jim Grobe enters his eleventh season as Wake Forest head coach determined to get the Demon Deacons back to sucess.
In 2006, Grobe led Wake Forest to 11-3 record and Orange Bowl bid. Since then, the team has finished 9-4, 8-5, 5-7, and 3-9.
Much of the success was built on teams stockpiled with redshirt juniors and redshirt seniors.
So after consecutive losing seasons, has there been a massive overhaul? What about a change in philosophy?
Not so, according to Grobe, who spoke with the News Observer recently. Grobe said, “We haven't really changed. If we end up with 16 or 18 juniors and seniors out on the field starting for us and playing their very best football, then we're going to be a good football team."
The spring has been productive.
"Much more energy than we've had the last two years," Grobe said. "The last couple of years there was some complacency going on. Our players just kind of assumed that because we've done it three years in row that it would just happen."
In the off-season, former West Virginia assistant Lonnie Galloway joined the staff as wide receivers coach / passing game co-coordinator. Quarterbacks coach Tom Elrod added the title of passing game co-coordinator.
Brian Knorr shifted from wide receivers coach to co-defensive coordinator / linebackers. Defensive ends coach Tim Billing was promoted to co-defensive coordinator. He will now coach the outside linebackers. Keith Henry, who coached the corners last season, will now serve as the special teams coordinator.
Wake Forest opens at Syracuse. The home schedule includes Florida State, Virginia Tech, and Notre Dame.