Winners and losers from Wake Forest’s spring game

Wake Forest held its spring football game on Saturday. Here’s a quick look at some winners and losers:


Winner: Receiving corps

The wide receivers looked good, including a couple of surprises in Jalen Latter and Scotty Washington. Latter tied for the lead in the spring game with seven catches for 55 yards and a touchdown, and Washington had six for 86 yards.

Latter played as a defensive back his first three seasons, getting consistent time as a reserve and on special teams but not breaking into the starting lineup. His switch to a slot receiver this spring has been productive.

Latter’s touchdown catch on a fade pass made it look like he’s been doing it for a long time. The senior will be behind Tabari Hines and Chuck Wade on the depth chart, but he give Clawson another sure-handed weapon.

Washington is a 6-5 redshirt freshman who was a highly rated recruit. He chose the Deacons over offers from Boston College, Duke, Nebraska, Virginia and others. What was most impressive about Washington in the spring game was that he caught everything thrown near him, including a 38-yard grab where he leapt over Thomas Dillon.

Throw in seven catches by Hines and a 73-yard reception and run by Chuck Wade (although Dionte Austin and Kalin McNeil should have had him for a five-yard gain), and the receivers showed some spark. That’s without senior Jared Crump (32 catches in 2014), who’s recovering from knee surgery, sophomore Cortez Lewis (47 catches), who has a foot injury, or tight end Cam Serigne (100 catches in two seasons), who has mononucleosis.

“I think the bright spot on offense was we made some explosive plays,” head coach Dave Clawson said.