In these rankings, I always award teams who address the most important position on the field, but when you get it wrong at quarterback, it can send you plummeting to No. 16. That’s what Dave Clawson and Wake Forest did by bringing Hank Bachmeier for his sixth year of college football.
Bachmeier showed promise at Boise State, but last season at Louisiana Tech he only managed to throw 10 touchdowns with five interceptions and 20 sacks. Maybe he can thrive in Wake Forest’s unique offense, but relying on 24-year-old Bachmeier as a one-year fix after a 4-8 season is bad process.
The Demon Deacons should reload and build around a young QB because it takes time to master Clawson’s offense. By the time Bachmeier grasps it, the season will be nearly over and the team will be forced to look for another QB next offseason.
Capone Blue was the team’s best defensive transfer after a year with 10 pass breakups at Kent State.