Demon Deacon Gameday! Volume 2
By Lawson "Deacon" Deaton
I hope you enjoy DEMON DEACON GAMEDAY!, in two volumes, a pictorial and narrative capturing the transcendent spirit in and around Wake Forest University’s Truist Field on the days when the Demon Deacons football team plays at home and, briefly, at other venues too.
This is Volume 2. The book is in landscape format, sized 8.27 inches x 22.6 inches in glossy lay-flat format, which means the book "lies flat" when opened, making for some stunning panoramas!
Although relatively small in size with just a little over 5,000 undergraduate students (7,600 students altogether when graduate, medical school and law school students are counted), Wake Forest University, which is located in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, is consistently ranked among America’s Top 25 National Universities and excels both academically and athletically when compared with far larger schools like the University of Michigan, the University of Notre Dame, Duke University, the University of Texas, Army, UCLA, etc.
Famous athletes who attended Wake Forest for their education and sports opportunities include the internationally renowned golfer, Arnold Palmer; Tim Duncan, the player who is considered to be the greatest small forward of all time in basketball; football players Bill George (National Football League’s Hall of Fame) and Brian Piccolo—both of whom played professional football in the National Football League with the Chicago Bears—and current National Basketball Association’s international star, Chris Paul.
Here is a summary of the outstanding history and attributes of Wake Forest University football and academics:
Wake Forest University ranked as high as number 23 among “National Universities” (U. S. News and World Report); for the international audience, please note that there are over 5,300 colleges and universities in the United States
Atlantic Coast Conference Football Champions in 1970 and 2006 (the “ACC” includes schools like the University of Virginia, Boston College, Clemson University, Duke University, the University of Miami, Florida State, etc.)
Only member of the so-called “Big 4” universities in the state of North Carolina (that is, Wake Forest University, North Carolina State University, University of North Carolina, and Duke University) to win an ACC football championship in the first two decades of the 21st century
Defeated the University of North Carolina, 6-4 in 1888 in the first college football game ever played in the state of North Carolina
Beat the fabled number 4 University of Tennessee Volunteers, 19-6 in 1946 in Knoxville, Tennessee
Played in the first Gator Bowl invitational game on January 1, 1946, defeating the University of South Carolina Gamecocks, 26-14
Was invited to one of the heralded “New Year’s” major bowl games, the Orange Bowl in Miami, in January 2007
Five consecutive coveted bowl game invitations entering the 2021 season
Home stadium is Truist Field (known originally as Groves Stadium and then BB&T Field), “The Wrigley Field of College Football” for its magnificent, intimate similarity to the home of the Chicago Cubs baseball team
Brian Piccolo, Bill George, Riley Skinner, Norm Snead, Bob Grant, Calvin Pace, Red Cochran, Bill Ard, the football star list is endless and the graduate rolls include notable business, political, acting, and judicial personalities
A pair of hit Demon Deacon football-themed movies, Brian’s Song starring James Caan (1971) & The 5th Quarter with Andie McDowell (2010)
PLEASE NOTE: Most of the pictures in these two volumes are taken from the author’s extensive personal inventory and focus mostly, but not exclusively, on game day look-in’s in the second decade of the 21st century (2010-2020). In two instances, however, the author included, with permission, photos from other photographers and those exceptions are noted.
There are also some timeless special features, including a memorialization of the historic COVID-19 epidemic in 2020-2021.
Enjoy and “Go Deacs!” (the chant that rocks BB&T Field on game day!)