Military Bowl Preview: 5 things to know about Wake Forest

Military Bowl Preview: 5 things to know about Wake Forest

The Wake Forest Demon Deacons (6-6) will take on the No. 24 Temple Owls (10-3) in the Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman on Tuesday, Dec. 27 at 3:30 p.m. in Annapolis, Maryland on ESPN. But ahead of the ninth annual bowl game, here are a few things to know about Wake Forest. 

1. “WakeyLeaks” Scandal

Let’s get this one out of the way. A recent investigation discovered a Wake Forest radio broadcaster — Tommy Elrod, also a former assistant coach — was knowingly providing opposing teams with confidential information about the Demon Deacons dating back to 2014. It all started after a Wake Forest playbook was found in the Louisville locker room, and the investigation uncovered that Elrod was feeding teams “proprietary game preparations on multiple occasions.”

2. Been there, done that

This isn’t the first time the Demon Deacons will play in the Military Bowl. They were the inaugural champions in 2008 with a 29-19 victory over Navy, although back then it was called the EagleBank Bowl and played at RFK Stadium. For the record, Temple also made an appearance in the bowl game the following year when it fell to UCLA.

3. Strength of schedule

Although the Demon Deacons’ record puts them just at .500, they’ve had a pretty challenging season playing highly ranked teams, including Clemson, Louisville and Florida State. Plus, five of their last six matchups were against teams now playing in bowl games.

4. Holding down the fort

While Wake Forest’s offense hasn’t stood out much this season, its defense is a different story. Led by senior linebacker Marquel Lee and redshirt freshman safety Jessie Bates III, the Demon Deacons have held their opponents to slightly less than 22 points per game, good for third in the ACC.

5. More on Lee

The backbone of Wake Forest’s defense, Lee finished the regular season with 19 tackles for loss — putting him at the No. 12 spot in the nation — and 98 total. He is also second on the team to junior defensive end Duke Ejiofor (10) in sacks with 7.5 this season.

BONUS: Notable Wake Forest alumni include Arnold Palmer, Tim Duncan and David Chase, who created “The Sopranos.”

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Georgetown gets a boost with Jessie Govan returning to school

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Georgetown gets a boost with Jessie Govan returning to school

After testing the NBA Draft waters, Georgetown center Jessie Govan decided to return to the Hoyas for his senior season.

Govan announced his intention to return on Instagram a week before the final commitment deadline.

Returning to the Hoyas is definitely a boost to the program that will be in their second year under head coach Patrick Ewing.  At 6-10, Govan was the team’s leading scorer (17.9 ppg) and rebounder (10.0 rpg) averaging a double-double last season.

Paired alongside power forward Marcus Derrickson, the Hoyas were nearly unstoppable in the paint. Derrickson though decided to forgo his senior year and signed with an agent after the season.

Had Govan decided to leave that would have meant over 56 percent of the team’s scoring and rebounding would have departed (to graduation or professional pursuits) in a handful of months. Not the best outlook for a 15-win team that went 5-13 in the Big East.

Instead Ewing gets back his leading scorer that many believe he can mold as a young protégée. While in the draft process without an agent Govan had workouts with the Boston Celtics and the New York Knicks. Both are valuable experiences that he will bring to a relatively young Georgetown squad.

Having Govan for one more year will bridge Ewing’s second season to transfer big-man, Omer Yurtseven to his first year of eligibility in 2019. They were set up to having a walk-on and two sophomores being the only returning Hoyas over 6-6 for the upcoming season.


Future NBA prospect Omer Yurtseven transfers to Georgetown from NC State


Future NBA prospect Omer Yurtseven transfers to Georgetown from NC State

The pieces are starting to come together for Patrick Ewing.

On Monday the Georgetown Hoyas picked up perhaps the biggest (literally and figuratively) target of the transfer market, Omer Yurtseven.

From North Carolina State, the transfer from Istanbul Turkey will have two years remaining of eligibility. Due to NCAA transfer rules, he is not allowed to play for the 2018-19 season.


Standing at 7-0, the center helped power the Wolfpack to an NCAA tournament bid this past season. Averaging 13.5 points, 6.7 rebounds, and 1.8 blocks a contest, Yurstseven earned All-ACC Third Team honors in the 2017-18 season. He also touted a 58.3 shooting percentage and was not afraid to pull it up from deep either (22 made three-pointers).

NC State lost in the first round of the NCAA Tournament to No. 8 Seton Hall, but he was limited due to foul trouble with only two points and two rebounds in 14 minutes of play.

Initially, he is the option to fill the void that Jessie Govan will leave, whether that is during this offseason or next. Already the team has lost power forward Marcus Derrickson

Yurtseven will just be another frontcourt talent for Ewing with the Hoyas.

It was widely reported that he was considering playing options, both in the United States and abroad before this announcement. Easily he has the talent to go in first round of the NBA Draft whichever year he declares.

On the same day, the Hoyas also announced the signing of four-star guard James Akinjo.