Satterfield: Wake Forest's running game is "very unique"


Louisville coach Scott Satterfield thinks Wake Forest's running game is different than any other team's rushing attack in the country. Wake Forest relies heavily on run-pass-option plays, averaging 515 yards per game of offense.

Wake Forest has rushed for 202.4 yards per game and is 5-0 this fall. 

Satterfield said Wake Forest's zone read is unique.

"It's extremely slow, the quarterback is walking up the ball with the running back and putting the ball in the pocket of the running back," Satterfield said. "The quarterback can pull it and make those throws. He can hand it off or the quarterback can run behind him."

The challenge becomes covering Wake Forest's receivers as the play develops. The Cardinals can't stack the box against the Demon Deacons because there are threats on the outside.

"They're so big they can post up a corner or safety and be able to make those catches," Satterfield said. "It's a tough offense to defense because if the quarterback is a good decision maker, and Jamie Newman is, then that makes it really difficult."

Newman has been plenty difficult for opposing defenses this season. He has completed 69.6 percent of his passes, throwing just three interceptions to 14 touchdowns and 1,521 yards.