It’s always tough for a freshman to adjust to college life, but Chris DeGeare is doing a fine job adjusting – though he did get a head start. The 6’4, 345-pound offensive lineman arrived in the spring and was able to get a full semester under his belt before fall practices.
“It’s made a very big difference,” DeGeare said of his extra time at Wake Forest. “I’m glad I got here in the spring. I had time to get used to everything here. If not it could have been real confusing out here.”
DeGeare, who played just up the road at Kernersville Glenn, is working hard to prepare for the season and expects to play substantial snaps this season the offensive line. “I’m definitely not redshirting,” he said. “I’m going to be playing 38-42 snaps per game. I’m definitely playing this year. They said they would like to work me in slowly.”
Although DeGeare is just a true freshman, his work in the weightroom and conditioning during his time at Wake this past spring has helped him in showing what he can do this fall. “I think I’m doing great out here,” noted DeGeare. “I’m now knowing the plays and I think my technique is pretty good right now, but of course I’ve got a lot of things to work on – learning the calls on defense and learning the code words for the plays on offense. Mostly just trying to learn the defense.”
This upcoming season, DeGeare will see the field and hopes to impress his family, friends, and former coaches from just up the road in Kernersville. Three of his former coaches attended Tuesday's practice and came away impressed with what they saw out of DeGeare.
Speaking of Glenn, two current defensive linemen from Glenn are receiving college attention as well -- Terence Crosby and Tyrus Barnes. Both have attended Wake Forest games and practices over the past year.