This weekend would have been a homecoming of sorts for Michael Campanaro.
However, when Wake Forest plays Maryland, Campanaro will not play at Byrd Stadium — the site where he made his first collegiate start two years ago and one that sits only 20 miles away from his hometown of Clarksville, Md.
More than 60 friends, family and former football coaches hoped to watch Campanaro — who starred at River Hill High School — play in his home state. However, his role was reduced to that of a spectator after he suffered a broken right hand in the Demon Deacons’ loss to in-state rival Duke.
Before his injury, the flanker was having a fantastic junior campaign.
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The flanker had 13 catches and 164 yards in the Demon Deacons one-point win against North Carolina. He had a dozen catches, good for 153 yards and a pair of touchdowns against Army. He averaged more than 100 receiving yards per game before the Duke game.
“We don’t like seeing Camp hurt,” coach Jim Grobe said. “He’s a really good player and an even better kid.”
“He broke the back of his hand, and I don’t know what the prognosis will be.”
Getting Campanaro was a bit of a coup for Grobe, who implied that Campanaro might have been a bit overlooked in high school.
“The think that everybody was looking at was whether he was big enough,” Grobe said last week of Campanaro, who was clocked at 4.41 in the 40-yard dash. “He’s not a really tall kid. He’s put together really well.
“I think he’d be a really good running back for us, but at the slot position we can get him the football a little bit more. I don’t think there was any doubt that the guy was a really, really good player.”
Campanaro took control of the recruiting process early in high school. He visited several colleges with his father, but it came down to North Carolina, Notre Dame and Wake Forest.
“When I came down to Wake Forest it just jumped out to me right away. It was kind of a no-brainer,” Campanaro said.
Campanaro committed to the Demon Deacons during his junior year of high school and is taking the last required class for his communication major.
Before he suffered the injury, he said he did not plan to test the NFL waters this spring.
“When you throw him the ball, very rarely does he ever drop it,” Grobe said. “Somebody needs to develop — hopefully more than one guy.”
With Campanaro possibly out for a while, that needs to happen sooner than later.
Boston College (1-3, 0-2 ACC)
• When asked how the Eagles could slow down Clemson’s offense last week, coach Frank Spaziani said, “Bad weather.” He was kidding. Mostly.
• The Eagles travel to West Point where it will face a winless Black Knights team that almost exclusively runs. Army ranks second nationally in rushing, averaging 367.5 yards a game. Its passing attack, however, gained a paltry 192 yards in four games – a mark that puts its aerial attack the lowest among FBS teams.
Next Game: at Army Oct. 6
No. 10 Clemson (4-1, 1-1 ACC)
• Quarterback Tajh Boyd threw for 367 yards and two touchdowns as the Tigers won in Chestnut Hill without Sammy Watkins, who missed the game due to an abdominal virus.
• The Tigers will rub Howard’s Rock this weekend in its first home conference game as Georgia Tech visits Death Valley Saturday. The Yellow Jackets are desperate for a win following back-to-back losses and coach Paul Johnson said things could “get ugly” if his team doesn’t play better.
Next Game: vs. Georgia Tech Oct. 6
Duke (4-1, 1-0 ACC)
• Before this past Saturday, Duke last beat Wake Forest in football in 1999. David Cutcliffe beat his good friend, Jim Grobe, for the first time as the Blue Devils’ coach as his squad bested the Demon Deacons to move to 4-1 on the year.
• The Blue Devils look to improve to 2-0 in conference play when they host the Cavaliers, who are looking to clean up the mistakes. Virginia averaged 69.2 penalty yards through four games.
Next Game: vs. Virginia Oct. 6
No. 4 Florida State (5-0, 2-0 ACC)
• Before the season started, Jimbo Fisher said he saw big potential in Cornellius Carradine, who transferred to FSU from Butler Community College. The transfer forced a fumble to seal the Seminoles’ win against South Florida.
• Carradine and star defensive end Bjoern Werner look to add to their sack totals against the Wolfpack, who have allowed the most sacks (16) of any ACC team.
Next Game: at NC State Oct. 6
Georgia Tech (2-3, 1-2 ACC)
• After he gave credit to the Blue Raiders for winning on the road, coach Paul Johnson said this: “I don’t want to take anything away from Middle Tennessee State, but that’s probably my worst loss here.
“I’m disappointed as I’m sure the fans are,” Johnson said. “I’m embarrassed too and I’m going to do everything in my power to fix this and get it right.”
• A massive challenge waits in Clemson, an offensive juggernaut that will test Johnson’s power and the mettle of the Georgia Tech defense.
Next Game: at Clemson Oct. 6
Maryland (2-2, 0-0 ACC)
• Maryland freshmen Stefon Diggs and Perry Hills were named ACC rookies of the week in consecutive weeks.
• The Terps’ defense was stout in September. It ranks eighth nationally in total defense, limiting opponents to 261.3 yards per game.
Next Game: vs. Wake Forest Oct. 6
Miami (Fla.) (4-1, 3-0 ACC)
• Stephen Morris threw for a school-record 566 yards and five touchdowns in a dramatic win. After he sidestepped a defender, Morris connected with Phillip Dorsett on a 62-yard touchdown to give the Hurricanes the lead against NC State with 19 seconds left. Dorsett finished with seven catches for 191 yards.
• The Hurricanes will try to become the first team to knock off Notre Dame this season. In September, Notre Dame announced it would join the ACC in all sports except football.
Next Game: vs. Notre Dame Oct. 6 (at Soldier Field in Chicago)
NC State (3-2, 0-1 ACC)
• The Wolfpack might be advised to keep an extra blocker in the backfield to protect Mike Glennon against the Seminoles pass rush. FSU ranks 16th nationally in sacks with 15 to date.
• After allowing Stephen Morris to have a career-day, NC State needs to deploy a creative defensive game plan to slow down EJ Manuel and the Noles offense. Manuel is eighth nationally in passing efficiency.
Next Game: vs. Florida State Oct. 6
North Carolina (3-2, 0-1 ACC)
• Last week, Tar Heel coach Larry Fedora called Idaho “the best 0-4 team in the country.” UNC then rocked the Vandals 66-0.
• The Tar Heels square off against Logan Thomas and a Hokie offense that was inconsistent in September, but remains dangerous.
Next Game: vs. Virginia Tech Oct. 6
Virginia (2-3, 0-1 ACC)
• Virginia averaged 69.2 penalty yards through four games, 100th out of 120 active FBS teams, and will need to be disciplined against Duke.
• The Cavaliers will prepare for Duke both quarterbacks — Anthony Boone and Sean Renfree, who left in the third quarter of the Blue Devils’ win with what looked to be a right elbow injury.
Next Game: at Duke Oct. 6
Virginia Tech (3-2, 1-0 ACC)
• Cincinnati sold its home field advantage to the highest bidder and still beat Virginia Tech in the final minute in a stadium that was largely rooting for the “road” team.
• The Hokies still have a great chance to win the ACC Coastal Division. First, It faces a stiff test against a Tar Heel offense that averages 43.2 points per game.
Next Game: at North Carolina Oct. 6
Wake Forest (3-2, 1-2 ACC)
• The Demon Deacons will be without its best receiver, Michael Campanaro, against the Terps.
“It’s never good when your top guy goes down,” Wake Forest quarterback Tanner Price said. “But other guys will have to step up and make good plays for us.”
Next Game: at Maryland Oct. 6
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