WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — Ever since he showed up at Wake Forest, seemingly everyone has been waiting for Orville Reynolds to reach his potential.
Especially Orville Reynolds.
Now back at his natural position of running back, the 5-foot-9 senior has one last chance to live up to the big-play reputation that created buzz before his 2011 arrival.
His redshirt was burned late in his freshman season, and he dabbled at receiver during mostly two years of spot duty.
Now he's hoping to make the most of his only season under new coach Dave Clawson.
The native of Coral Springs, Florida, says "it couldn't have been a better time for everything to work out."
Reynolds is hoping for a fresh start under Clawson, who came in from Bowling Green and took over last December when Jim Grobe stepped down after 13 seasons.
The new coach has brought a conditioning-first mindset and Reynolds says it didn't take long during this offseason to see its effects.
"Since I've been here, this has definitely been one of the hardest offseasons — the first time we've had the entire team," Reynolds said. "I feel like we run every couple of hours. ... If you'd asked us six months ago, (I'd have said) 'It's like you're trying to kill us.' Everything I can tell, they've got a program set up and it's definitely going in the right direction."
The Demon Deacons hope Reynolds can help propel them toward their first winning season since 2008.
He arrived in 2011 out of Florida's Stoneman Douglas High School with significant fanfare: Before one of Reynolds' first practices that preseason, Grobe made a point of telling reporters to keep an eye on him.
The plan was to redshirt him, as Wake Forest did with virtually each of Grobe's incoming freshmen, but he was pressed into duty for a visit from Notre Dame on Nov. 5 — the ninth game that season.
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