Since the start of the 2017 season and entering Week 11 of the 2022 season, Wake Forest’s 171 touchdown passes are the most of any school in the ACC and that total ranks ninth nationally during that span. Additionally during that span, the Deacs 314 total touchdowns are the second-most in the ACC behind Clemson and rank tied for 12th nationally. North Carolina (165) and Clemson (155) trail the Deacs in passing touchdowns during that span entering Week 11. The Tigers entered Week 11 with 383 total touchdowns and the Tar Heels trail the Deacs with 297.
Individually last fall, A.T. Perry caught 71 passes for team-high 1,293 yards and 15 touchdowns this fall. Meanwhile, his teammate Jaquarii Roberson also reeled in 71 balls and totaled 1,078 receiving yards and eight touchdowns. Perry and Roberson became the eighth and ninth Demon Deacon wide receivers to go over the 1,000-yard mark in single-season receiving yards. They are the second pair of Wake Forest receivers to accomplish this feat in the same season (2019: Sage Surratt, Kendall Hinton).
Wake Forest is believed to be the only school in Atlantic Coast Conference history to accomplish this feat twice. With that, Wake Forest is the only program in the conference to accomplish this benchmark twice since at least 1996.
Finally, from the 2021 season, Perry’s 15 touchdown receptions set a school record as he topped Kenny Duckett’s previous mark of 12 that he set in 1980. The total is tied for fourth all-time in ACC history.
In three of the past four seasons, Higgins has groomed three All-America wide receivers in Greg Dortch (2018), Surratt (2019) and Roberson (2020). Two years ago in 2020, Roberson became the 29th All-American in program history after being named a Pro Football Focus second team All-American. This past fall in 2021, Perry and Roberson garnered first and second team All-ACC honors, respectively. Additionally, Perry was a semifinalist for the Biletnikoff Award.
While at Wake Forest, Higgins has worked with receivers K.J. Brent, Alex Bachman, Kendall Hinton, Dortch and Surratt, each of whom spent time in the NFL over the past three seasons.
Higgins compiled a 99-83-1 record in 16 years as a head coach. He was the head coach for seven seasons at Lehigh from 1994-2000, leading the Mountain Hawks to a 56-25-1 record and three appearances in the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs.
Team – 9 games played // 205 receptions // 2777 receiving yards // 29 receiving touchdowns
A.T. Perry – 9 games played // 47receptions // 711 receiving yards // 6 receiving touchdowns
Jahmal Banks – 9 games played // 33 receptions // 477 receiving yards // 8 receiving touchdowns
Donavon Greene – 9 games played // 28 receptions // 475 receiving yards // 3 receiving touchdowns
Ke’Shawn Williams – 9 games played // 28 receptions // 407 receiving yards // 0 receiving touchdowns
Taylor Morin – 9 games played // 27 receptions // 287 receiving yards // 3 receiving touchdowns