AUG. 30 CAMPUS CONFIDENTIAL:
Wake Forest 38, Utah State 35
Wake Forest was paced by running back Cade Carney, who broke several nice runs with his patient running style, allowing his blocks to set him free for 105 rushing yards on 25 carries. Carney provided NFL brass with plenty of highlights, showcasing his ability to rip through arm tackles and energize the offense for the 10 scouts in attendance.
On defense, linebacker Justin Strnad was his usual, sideline-to-sideline stalker self, finishing with 12 tackles (nine solo) and a pass deflection. While his ability to cover was already well-known, what was most impressive about Strnad was his preparation, as he was constantly coaching his teammates and making pre-snap adjustments.
One player for Utah State who was sure to register on the NFL radar after his performance under the Friday night lights was defensive tackle Fua Leilua. Imagine blocking a 300-pound wrecking ball, that was the task at hand for the Wake Forest offensive line. While it might not show up in the box score (three tackles, one hurry), Leilua was a frequent disruptor in the backfield.
Ring'em in, bring'em in. Time for @WakeFB under some Friday Night lights!
Lots of NFL scouts on hand for their matchup with Utah State, the @NFLPABowl is out here looking for premier talent!
— Ric Serritella (@RicSerritella) August 30, 2019