Posted by Chip Patterson
Wake Forest quarterback Tanner Price expects to be the starting quarterback for the Demon Deacons' home opener against N.C. State on Saturday, according to the Winston-Salem Journal.
Price told the paper on Tuesday he was "100 percent" after spraining his knee early in the fourth quarter against Syracuse on Thursday. The sophomore quarterback had thrived in the season opener, completing 18 of 31 passes for 289 yards and 3 touchdowns before getting his leg rolled over by a defensive lineman while attempting a pass. The Demon Deacons ran several different offensive schemes in Price's freshman campaign, but the pistol/spread Price orchestrated against the Orange defense was effective and looks like the best option for Wake's offense in 2011.
However, when backup quarterback Ted Stachitas entered the game, the offense sputtered. Stachitas' failed to pick up a first down on his first two drives, allowing the Orange to climb back into the game and force overtime. The contrast in offensive production revealed Price's importance to this year's Demon Deacons squad. It also could explain why head coach Jim Grobe opted to keep Price sidelined for the rest of the game to prevent further injury. The quarterback told reporters after the game that he had been cleared by doctors to check back in, but the coaches did not want to risk further injury.
The Demon Deacons have had their way with N.C. State in Winston-Salem, where the Wolfpack have not won since 2001. They'll kick off on Saturday at 3:30 p.m..