Jim Grobe led Wake Forest to twenty-eight wins over three years from 2006-2008, but the Demon Deacons have won just a total of eight games over the last two seasons.
Grobe told the David Glenn Radio Show, “Last year, it was youth. We just had a very small senior class. I think we had 13 freshman start at least one game for us, three of those were true freshman, ten were redshirt-freshmen.”
“We can’t do that at Wake Forest. We have to develop players. We have to play a lot of juniors and seniors.”
“We’ll be a much better football team this year.”
A year ago, Wake Forest had to play against a number of outstanding quarterbacks including Andrew Luck, Christian Ponder, Joshua Nesbitt, Tyrod Taylor, and Russell Wilson. That’s not the case this year.
Grobe said, “As tough as our schedule is going to be, a lot of these teams are plugging in new quarterbacks. You can’t count on that because some of these quarterbacks may step up and play great, but we’re going to play more teams that are similar at the quarterback position than not.”
Notre Dame will visit Winston-Salem for a November 5th kick-off.
Grobe said, “We had an open date and I was hoping maybe, not for a penciled in win, but maybe for a half-a-w on the schedule card and then my boss, Ron Wellman, comes to me and says that Notre Dame wants to play. I couldn’t turn it down for our players. If our players knew we had a chance to play Notre Dame and we turned it down, they would have been really disappointed in me. As coaches, you already have eight bowl teams on our schedule, and now you get the Irish. You just buckle your chinstraps down a little and get after it.”
What about the long-term prognosis for Jim Grobe?
“My hope is that in another ten years, we’ll still be talking to each other here in Pinehurst.”