WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Wake Forest's run-oriented offense will be without its best weapon for Saturday's game against Mississippi - and possibly the rest of the season.
Coach Jim Grobe said Tuesday that tailback Micah Andrews, a Greater Atlanta Christian grad, suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during the win at Connecticut over the weekend. Andrews - the team's leader in receptions, rushing and all-purpose yards - will need surgery, though Grobe would not say if Andrews is out for the year.
Andrews ranked second in the Atlantic Coast Conference with 85.3 yards rushing, led the league with 118.7 all-purpose yards and led Wake Forest (3-0) with 12 catches. Grobe said the redshirt junior would need further examination when the swelling goes down in the knee to determine his prognosis.
The son of former Atlanta Falcons star William Andrews, Andrews rushed for 6,226 yards and 66 touchdowns at GAC.
With Andrews out, redshirt junior De'Angelo Bryant is expected to start against Ole Miss (1-2). Bryant sat out last week with a shoulder injury that kept him out of practice leading up to the Connecticut game.
The losses are just the latest injuries at key offensive positions for the Demon Deacons, who have led the conference in rushing in four of the past five years.
Starting quarterback Benjamin Mauk was lost for the year with a broken right arm and dislocated right shoulder in the opener.
''We're reinventing ourselves offensively right now,'' Grobe said. ''We're putting a lot of hours in trying to figure out ways to get first downs.''