Essang Bassey
Essang  Bassey


Columbus, GA

High School:

Height / Weight:
5-10 / 185



Deacs Drop Regular Season Finale to Duke, 31-23

John Wolford recorded 239 yards of offense to set the single-season record for total offensive yards with 3,407


Offense Erupts as Wake Forest Trounces Louisville, 42-32

Greg Dortch totaled a program-record four touchdowns and 167 receiving yards, while John Wolford was 28-for-34 for 461 yards and five TDs.


Bassey Named ACC Defensive Back of the Week

Sophomore Essang Bassey returned an interception for a touchdown in Wake Forest's 34-10 victory over Boston College


Deacs Defeat No. 23 Temple to Win Military Bowl

Wake Forest earns its first bowl title since 2008 with a 34-26 victory, the first over a ranked team in five years.


2016 Signing Day: Live Updates

Stay tuned for detailed information on each signee as Wake Forest receives their National Letters of Intent.


2018 Fall Camp - Day Two

2018 Fall Camp - Day Two


Wake Forest at #3 Notre Dame (USATSI)

Images from the Demon Deacons hitting the road to face the Fighting Irish


Wake Forest at Appalachian State

Wake Forest at Appalachian State (Sept. 23)


Wake Forest at Boston College

Wake Forest at Boston College - Sept. 9, 2017


Wake Forest vs. Army West Point

Wake Forest took on Army West Point on Oct. 29, 2016, on Homecoming and Military Appreciation Day at BB&T Field.

Named preseason Third Team All-ACC by Athlon.

2017 (Sophomore)
Tied the school record with 19 passes defended (16 PBU, 3 interceptions) ... Was second in the ACC in passes defended ... Honorable mention All-ACC ... Finished 39th in the ACC in tackles per game with 5.8 ... Led the club with 1,178 total snaps ... His 121 total plays against Syracuse were the most by a Deacon in any game in 2017 ... Started all 13 games at cornerback and saw action on kickoff coverage team ... Had nine tackles and a game-high three pass break-ups in the Belk Bowl ... Named to ESPN’s All-ACC Bowl team ... Set Wake Forest bowl game record with three pass break-ups in the Belk Bowl ... Two tackles vs. NC State (11/18) ... Against NC State (11/18) had eight tackles, a tackle for loss, two pass break-ups and a game-sealing interception in the end zone ... Led Wake Forest with 12 tackles at Syracuse (11/11) ... Had an end zone interception of Lamar Jackson vs. Louisville (10/28) ... Led the team with 10 tackles vs. the Cardinals ... Had two tackles for loss, two pass break-ups and five tackles vs. Appalachian State (9/16) ... Had his first career interception and turned it into a 30-yard pick-six just before the half at Boston College (9/9) to give the Deacons a 21-7 lead ... Named the ACC Defensive Back of the Week for his efforts ... Finished the game with five tackles ... Earned honorable mention player of the week honors from the Jim Thorpe Award ... Earned his second varsity letter.

2016 (Freshman)
Played in all 13 games as a true freshman ... Saw action at corner and on special teams ... Earned first career start vs. Florida State (10/15) in place of the injured Amari Henderson ... Was second on the team with a career-high eight tackles vs. the Seminoles ... Forced a fumble in the Military Bowl win over Temple.

High School
Team captain and First Team all-state Class 5-A by the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, Atlanta Journal-Constitution and the Georgia Sports Writers Association ... Three-star recruit by 247Sports, Rivals and ESPN ... All-Bi-City Athlete of the Year by the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer in 2015 ... As a senior, had 50 tackles, six tackles for loss, an interception and three fumble recoveries ... Rushed for 536 yards and two touchdowns ... Had 21 receptions for 577 yards and four touchdowns ... Averaged nearly 30 yards per kickoff return ... Helped the Blue Devils to the 5-A state playoffs in 2015 ... Had 31 tackles, 10 pass break-ups and five interceptions as a junior ... On offense, made 39 receptions for 503 yards and four touchdowns ... Earned All-Bi-City status in 2014 ... Four-year letterman for Coach Phil Marino.

Son of Edet and Umo Bassey ... Born August 12, 1998 ... Posted a 3.7 GPA in high school ... Participated in food drives at Columbus High.