CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. -- Bobby Vardaro laughed.
“It’s kinda funny that we are playing his brother,” Vardaro said of the teams’ matchup this Saturday (3:30 p.m. ET on ESPN3). “Just to see the dynamic between the two of them, they’re completely different.
“[John’s] a little bit more relaxed, and Bob’s kinda just like real focused, got his head on straight and ready to go.”
Even the roles the two Wolfords play are different -- Bobby is a fullback for BC, mostly leading the way for others to gain yards; John is the starting quarterback for Wake, responsible for 1,135 yards and seven TDs in seven games this season.
It’s a game that the older Wolford brother has had circled on the calendar for a while.
“Every game I look forward to,” he said after practice Tuesday, “but this one does have a little bit of a ... playing your little brother, that’s kinda cool.”
When Wolford first got to BC, the Bishop Kenny product and Jacksonville, Florida, native played linebacker. So if he hadn’t switched to fullback, he might’ve ended up directly across the line from John this weekend.
“I thought I was gonna end up tackling him one day,” he said with a laugh.
Instead, Bobby will be on the sideline when his brother’s on the field and vice versa. Which makes things a little easier for the boys’ father, Robert. He can just root for both offenses, saving himself from having to pick one son’s team over the other.
For a while early this week, it looked like John Wolford might miss the matchup against his older brother’s team due to a concussion suffered on a blindside hit against Syracuse. But Wake Forest coach Dave Clawson said his starting QB didn’t actually suffer a concussion.
Though the Demon Deacons took Wolford out of the Syracuse game as a precaution, Clawson said his true freshman starter never showed concussion symptoms and has been cleared for Saturday.
“He's going to play, and he's going to start the football game, and we expect him to be full go,” Clawson said on his weekly ACC call with reporters.
John Wolford enters the game against BC sixth in the ACC in attempts per game (29.7) and total attempts (208), seventh in completions (124), eighth in completion percentage (59.6) and 10th in passing yards per game (162.1). He has thrown for seven TDs and 12 interceptions.
“He’s a resilient kid. He’s really smart and he’s really intelligent, I’d say that’s his No. 1 quality.” Bobby said of his brother. “But the other thing is he has great mental toughness and he’s really good at making decisions on the run -- I would say those are his best qualities.”
And so while both players will be focused on getting a win for their teams, Bobby looking to help BC to ACC win No. 2 and John seeking ACC win No. 1 for Wake, they’ll also definitely remember what it was like to stand on the opposite sideline from a sibling.
“I’ve always played with him,” Wolford said. “When [John] was a sophomore and freshman he started at quarterback at my high school and I played tight end and H-back. I was actually usually catching passes from him. Never ever lined up against him.
“To have two brothers at ACC schools who can play each other -- it’s really awesome.”
Jack McCluskey is an editor for ESPN.com and a frequent contributor to ESPNBoston.com. Follow him on Twitter @jack_mccluskey.