Georgia Tech

Wake Forest could throw Georgia Tech a curveball with quarterback situation

Wake Forest quarterback John Wolford and the Demon Deacons play Saturday at Georgia Tech.
Wake Forest quarterback John Wolford and the Demon Deacons play Saturday at Georgia Tech. AP

Georgia Tech is dealing with another quarterback decision.

No, not on its side of the ball. The Yellow Jackets have no intention to remove TaQuon Marshall, who has been their offensive catalyst this season.

It’s Wake Forest, Georgia Tech’s opponent this week, debating who will take snaps. John Wolford will be the starter, Wake Forest head coach Dave Clawson said Wednesday, but the leash may be shorter because of a shoulder injury that kept the veteran out the team’s last game and the performance his possible replacement. Sophomore Kendall Hinton started two weeks ago against Clemson, rushed for 92 yards and threw for 203 yards and two touchdown passes.

“(Wolford) has played a lot of football,” Georgia Tech head coach Paul Johnson said. “He makes quick decisions. He’s an elusive-type runner, and he knows their system, so he knows what they’re trying to do. The other kid is really loose. I was really impressed watching him play. He’s hard to tackle, has got great quickness, good skills. So they have two good quarterbacks.”

Wolford has thrown for 947 yards and eight touchdowns and rushed for a team-high 332 yards and four touchdowns in five games. Hinton has thrown for 382 yards and four touchdowns and rushed for 118 in three games.

Wake Forest is also expected to get running back Cade Carney back this week. The bruising fullback missed the team’s game against Clemson with bruised ribs.

Wake Forest did not play last week, one of three conference opponents that will have an off week scheduled prior to meeting the Yellow Jackets. Clemson, Georgia Tech’s opponent next week, does not play this weekend. Miami originally had an off week prior to meeting the Yellow Jackets, but those plans were changed because of Hurricane Irma and the Florida State game was moved into that slot.

Clawson said the off week was beneficial to his team after back-to-back losses — and not strictly because of the extra time to prepare for Georgia Tech’s option.

“We got a few extra Georgia Tech practices in, but I think more importantly the bye week worked out well that it was our players’ fall break weekend,” Clawson said. “They were able to get out of here for a couple days and get some rest physically. And probably just as importantly get a little bit of a mental break.”

Benson expected to play

Johnson said Wednesday that B-back KirVonte Benson had “a good chance to play” Saturday. Benson left the Miami game in the second half with an unspecified lower body injury.

Benson has rushed for 516 yards and scored four touchdowns in five games. He ran for 40 yards against Miami before his injury.

If Benson can’t go, the Yellow Jackets will depend on Quaide Weimerskirch, who replaced Benson at Miami and rushed six times for 17 yards, or freshman Jerry Howard, who did not play against Miami.

Davis out as kicker

Sophomore Shawn Davis likely will miss the rest of the season with a knee injury. The place-kicker was trying to make a tackle on a kickoff when he slipped on the wet Miami field and sustained a non-contact injury.

Freshman Brenton King will move into the starting role. King was expected to win the job in the preseason but was beset with a groin injury and could never out-perform Davis in practice. King is 2-for-2 on field goals, the longest a 31-yarder against Miami.