Wake's Dembry gives passing game a boost

As a fifth-year senior on Wake Forest’s roster, receiver Danny Dembry is no stranger to what’s expected of him.

He is, however, new to the concept of living up to it.

He redshirted in 2007, and didn’t play in 2008. He had a grand total of two starts and 10 catches heading into this season, but after three games, Dembry has flourished in his starting role for the Deacs. He’s one reason Wake Forest’s passing game is No. 14 in the country heading into Saturday’s game at Boston College.

“They always used to say I’m one of the most athletic people on the team but I need to get my head focused on playing football,” Dembry said. “During spring, when coach (Lonnie) Galloway came here, he encouraged me and said people say great things about me and he was going to stay on my tail. My teammates have been doing the same and it’s all been working out for the best.”

With the running game underperforming in September, Wake Forest has had to rely on its passing game for a 2-1 start.

Dembry had six receptions and 96 yards against NC State along with a career-long 40 yard touchdown catch. He also scored on a 10-yard run for his first career rushing touchdown, and continued the start of what could be a breakout season with a career-high eight catches and 126 yards against Gardner-Webb. He enters the BC game second on the team with 16 receptions for 230 yards and one touchdown. Dembry caught eight passes for 106 yards and one touchdown all of last season.

“Something just kicked in this spring,” he said. “When I went home for summer break, I focused on getting better and staying healthy, all working up towards this.”