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Wake Forest: Riley's gone

Wake Forest at Virginia Tech: Oct. 16

Riley Skinner won 31 games and led Wake Forest to the Orange Bowl in 2006. Ancient history now. Riley’s gone.

“That’s the good thing about having smart kids at Wake Forest. They finally figured out by the end of spring ball that Riley wasn’t coming back,” Wake coach Jim Grobe said as his program prepares for year one of the post-Riley Skinner era.

Skinner was everything to the Wake Forest program – throwing for 9,762 yards and 60 touchdowns in four seasons in Winston-Salem. The downside to having a player like Skinner in the marquee position of quarterback is that when he’s gone it’s almost like you’re starting from scratch.

Case in point: The returning passing leader on the team is wideout Marshall Williams, who completed three passes on reverses for 52 yards in 2009.

“I like where we are right now. We’ve got a long way to go. I wish I knew who our guy was. I wish I knew it was Sky(lar Jones) or Ted (Stachitas) or Brendan (Cross), but we just don’t. We’re going to have to let those guys compete,” Grobe said.

Story by Chris Graham. Chris can be reached at

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