FSU football will be taking on the Wake Forest Demon Deacons in a sleepy noon road contest at Allegacy Federal Credit Union Stadium (“Snuggie Hill”) this Saturday.
The Demon Deacons have had its struggles with a revolving door at the quarterback position this season. Veteran signal caller Sam Hartman elected to transfer to Notre Dame this offseason.
As a result, it left Wake Forest searching for answers at one of the most important positions in the game of football.
On Tuesday afternoon, the Demon Deacons released their depth chart as they are set to host Florida State this Saturday.
On interesting development that I noticed was that the starter that was listed at the quarterback position was redshirt sophomore Mitch Griffis. The signal called has had his struggles this season where he was benched in their 30-13 loss to Virginia Tech. He completed 8 of his 17 passes for 61 yards and one interception.
Griffis missed the last game versus Pittsburgh due to an injury. Backup Michael Kern (quarterback who replaced Griffis in the Virginia Tech game) also did not play against the Panthers because of an injury.
As a result, head football coach Dave Clawson went with the third-string quarterback Santino Marucci had to make an appearance in their last game.
While he did not perform well with completing only 12 of his 21 passes for 151 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions, Marucci stepped up when it mattered most by throwing a 15-yard touchdown to wide receiver Cameron Hite to give the Demon Deacons a 21-17 lead with 7 seconds remaining.
As it pertains to Florida State’s defense, this should be a contest that they can assert its dominance. However, the Seminoles will have to do a better job of neutralizing the running game of junior running Justin Ellison.
In last year’s matchup, Ellison had 18 carries for 114 yards and one touchdown. If the Seminoles want to avoid a monumental upset, they will need to make this offense one-dimensional.