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Nikita Whitlock Injury: Wake Forest's Jim Grobe Discusses D-Line Without Star

Despite readying to face the Florida State Seminoles without his All-ACC nose guard Nikita Whitlock, Wake Forest Demon Deacon coach Jim Grobe was confident that his defensive line would be more than ready for their showdown come Saturday.

On Thursday's ACC coaches teleconference, Grobe remarked that his defensive line had more depth than some had given Wake Forest credit for, including freshman Tyler Harris.

I like Tyler Harris. I think he's a true freshman, but he's a big guy, he's very athletic, he's a pretty physical kid. I really like the things that he's doing right now.

I think what we've got is -- it's really hard to replace Nikita, but I think the thing we've got is we've got about five guys in that defensive front for those three positions where we've kind of through practice in August rotated those guys around, and most of those guys have played either nose guard or defensive end. I think we've got enough athletes that we can move those guys around.

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