2008 EagleBank - Profiles, History & More
Wake Forest QB Riley Skinner
Wake Forest QB Riley Skinner
Posted Dec 18, 2008

Player profiles, team history, the breakout players, the best bowl moments and more for the 2008 EagleBank Bowl.

2008 EagleBank Bowl Profiles

ake Forest (7-5) vs. Navy (8-4)

Dec. 20, 11 a.m. ET, ESPN

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By Richard Cirminiello

Best Middie Bowl Moment: Ben Fay will forever be a part of Navy football lore. He was the backup quarterback, who came off the bench in the fourth quarter of the 1996 Aloha Bowl to help upset Cal, 42-38.  The senior led the offense on touchdown drives of 80 and 84 yards over the final 10:38 as the Academy captured its first bowl win in 18 years.

Best Demon Deacon Moment: Given little chance for victory in the 2002 Seattle Bowl, the Demon Deacons routed favored Oregon 38-17 behind a balanced offensive attack that featured 256 yards on the ground and 241 yards through the air. Game MVP James MacPherson ran for a score, and passed for two touchdowns and 241 yards on just 9-of-16 passing.

The Last Time You'll See ...

Wake Forest: CB Alphonso Smith. Smith will go down in the annals as one of the most exciting defenders to ever play for the Demon Deacons. Although there won’t be many chances to pad his school-record of 20 interceptions, he’s got the opportunistic tendencies to make a few big plays in other ways. A chance-taker, he’s got the instincts and catch-up speed to make up for mistakes.

QB Kaipo-Noa Kaheaku-Enhada. This final season never panned out as expected for Kaheaku-Enhada. A persistent hamstring injury took care of that. Healthy again, he was back behind center for the Army game, helping the Midshipmen to their third best game on the ground all year. Kaheaku-Enhada has one more chance to run the Navy option before moving on to weightier causes.

Breakout Player ...

Wake Forest: RB Josh Adams. The reigning ACC Rookie of the Year was never right this season, battling an assortment of ailments, including a nagging ankle injury. With almost a month to get right, he’ll be able to recapture his freshman form at the expense of the Navy defense. When healthy, Adams is a terrific back who’s capable of taking a game over. 

: DE Jabaree Tuani. Not your average plebe, Tuani has been quick to adjust to an expanded role since Michael Walsh was injured in September. Just a few months removed from Brentwood (Tenn.) Academy, he’s got 39 tackles and nine tackles for loss, flashing the speed around the corner that could make him the Middies most dangerous pass rusher in 2009.  

Best Non-Game Event
While this is the inaugural EagleBank Bowl, there are several events that will make this game compelling. Both teams will have the opportunity to visit the Capitol and injured troops at The US Naval Academy, which is unique to this part of the country. Each school will also have an evening at the ESPN Sports Zone and there will be a luncheon on Dec. 19 at the JW Marriott that will feature numerous prestigious speakers.  

Player Gift Package
Players from both schools will receive a Sony 8" portable DVD player with carry case, a 50" x 60" custom woven afghan w/ logo, an autographed football, and a wool hat w/ embroidered logo.

Charitable Component
The numerous charities associated with the game includes Positive Choices, the Wounded EOD Warrior Foundation, the National Kidney Foundation, Peaceholics, the D.C. Public Education Fund, and Title IX Scholarships.

How Success is Measured
This is the first of what the committee hopes are many years of the EagleBank Bowl. Success comes in different ways, but first and foremost is creating a great experience for the two teams that come to Washington DC. It wants the players, coaches and administrators to come away saying that this was a first- class experience that reflects well on Washington DC.

Another measure of success is how well the charitable causes are supported. The game is not simply associating itself with these different charities. It wants to contribute to each of them and help each grow because they are all making great contributions both regionally and nationally.  

The EagleBank Bowl is also designed to drive revenues for local businesses and thereby support the community in which the committee works and lives.

Impact to the Community
The benefits to the local community will be numerous, however, the local charities will feel the largest impact of the game. The charitable impact on the local community is the biggest reason EagleBank got involved. In addition to benefiting charities, the opportunity to bring football back to RFK Stadium and show off the facility to a national audience is tremendous. 

Role of Volunteers
Volunteers will play a vital role in the success of the inaugural EagleBank Bowl. The effort to get the game to Washington was initiated by volunteers, and much of the work in planning and executing the lead up to the game has been done by volunteers. The week and day of the game will depend on several hundred volunteers to ensure the game is run in an exceptional manner. A large portion of how people view the city and game will come from the perception of the volunteers.

Wake Forest Bowl History (5-3)
2008 Meineke Car Care Wake Forest 24, Connecticut 10
2007 Orange Louisville 24, Wake Forest 13
2002 Seattle Wake Forest 38, Oregon 17
1999 Aloha Classic Wake Forest 23, Arizona State 3
1992 Independence Wake Forest 39, Oregon 35
1979 Tangerine LSU 34, Wake Forest 10
1948 Dixie Baylor 20, Wake Forest 7
1945 Gator Wake Forest 26, South Carolina 14
Navy Bowl History (6-7-1)
2006 Poinsettia Utah 35, Navy 32
2006 Meineke Boston Coll 25, Navy 24
2005 Poinsettia Navy 51, Colorado St 30
2004 Emerald Navy 34, New Mexico 19
2003 Houston Texas Tech 38, Navy 14
1996 Aloha Navy 42, California 38
1981 Liberty Ohio State 31, Navy 28
1980 Garden State Houston 35, Navy 0
1978 Holiday Navy 23, BYU 16
1964 Cotton Texas 28, Navy 6
1961 Orange Missouri 21, Navy 14
1958 Cotton Navy 20, Rice 7
1955 Sugar Navy 21, Ole Miss 0
1924 Rose Navy 14, Washington 14

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