North Carolina Tar Heels vs. Wake Forest Demon Deacons Preview and Predictions 09-13-2019

North Carolina travels to Wake Forest on Friday in a matchup of two teams who have benefited from hot starts from their quarterbacks through the first two weeks of the season. Wake Forest junior Jamie Newman has completed 74.3 percent of his passes while throwing for an ACC-high 713 yards and shares the league lead with six touchdowns, while Tar Heels freshman Sam Howell has passed for four scores and 519 yards while directing four-quarter comebacks in each of his first two contests.

Howell, the first true freshman to start a season at quarterback for North Carolina, completed 4-of-5 passes for 46 yards on the game-winning drive last week, hitting junior receiver Dazz Newsome on a 10-yard touchdown with 1:01 to play in a 28-25 victory over Miami. "I just have confidence in myself," Howell told reporters after finishing 16-for-24 for 274 yards and two touchdowns in his second collegiate game. "I have confidence in all 10 guys on the field with me. This is what we do." Newman, who won a quarterback battle in training camp after starting the final four games a season ago, finished 21-for-27 passing for 312 yards and three touchdowns in last week's 41-21 triumph at Rice as the Demon Deacons finished 7-for-14 on third down. "No matter what the scoreboard says, we take everything play-by-play," Newman told reporters afterward. "Next-play mentality. We just have to keep going every series."

TV: 6 p.m. ET, ESPN. LINE: Wake Forest -3

ABOUT NORTH CAROLINA (2-0): Howell has won back-to-back ACC rookie of the week awards, but he has received help from sophomore running back Javonte Williams, who ranks sixth in the ACC in rushing per game (89 yards) through two games and is averaging 6.4 yards per carry. Sophomore receiver Dyami Brown caught four passes for 80 yards and a touchdown, and in total eight receivers caught at least one pass. Junior defensive lineman Tomon Fox recorded a career-high three sacks to go with six tackles against Miami, earning league defensive lineman of the week honors.

ABOUT WAKE FOREST (2-0): The Demon Deacons offense has recorded 500-plus yards of total offense in four consecutive games (dating to last season), matching a school record. Senior receiver Scotty Washington finished with a career-high 158 yards on seven catches against Rice, while freshman running back Kenneth Walker rushed for a career-best 125 yards - including the longest play from scrimmage in program history: a 96-yard touchdown run. Junior defensive back Traveon Reed recorded eight tackles, including one of four Wake Forest sacks.


1. North Carolina senior CB Patrice Rene suffered a torn ACL against Miami and will miss the rest of the season, while senior C Nick Polino is out indefinitely with a lower back injury.

2. Wake Forest rushed for 201 yards against Miami, averaging 5.7 yards per carry.

3. Even though both teams are in the ACC, Friday's game will not count in the conference standings.


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Last Injuries

Wake Forest Demon Deacons

  • Cade Carney

    Prob Sat | probable

    Carney has missed the previous two games with a muscle strain in his leg, but he is likely to take the field Saturday against Elon.

  • Kendall Hinton

    Ques Sat | questionable

    Hinton missed the previous game with a hamstring injury, and it is unclear if he will be available Saturday against Elon.

  • Tyler Williams

    Ques Sat | questionable

    Williams has been held out of the previous two games with a knee injury, and it is undetermined if he will be available against Elon on Saturday.

  • Jaquarii Roberson

    Prob Fri | probable

    Roberson missed the previous game with a shoulder injury, but he is likely to play Friday against North Carolina.

North Carolina Tar Heels

  • Jason Strowbridge

    Lower Body
    Ques Sept 21 | questionable

    Strowbridge is nursing a lower-body injury, leaving his availability for Sept. 21's game against Appalachian State in question.

  • Carl Tucker

    Lower Body
    Ques Sept 21 | questionable

    Tucker is tending to a lower-body injury, and it is unclear if he will face Appalachian State on Sept. 21.

  • Jordan Tucker

    Ques Sept 21 | questionable

    Tucker is dealing with a knee injury, and it is undetermined if he will line up against Appalachian State on Sept. 21.

  • Antoine Green

    Lower Body
    Ques Sept 21 | questionable

    Green missed the previous game with a lower-body injury, leaving his status for Sept 21 against Appalachian State unknown.

  • Nick Polino

    Lower Body
    Out indefinitely | out

    Polino is out of action with a lower body injury, and there is no timetable for return.

  • Patrice Rene

    out for season | out

    Rene suffered a torn ACL and is expected to miss the remainder of the season.

  • Brandon Fritts

    Out indefinitely | out

    Fritts sustained a significant right knee injury and will spend an unknown length of time on the sidelines.

  • Dominique Ross

    Ques Sat | questionable

    Ross was suspended for his role in an altercation, and it is unclear if he will be available for Saturday's game against Miami.