Head coach Dave Clawson announced the signing of 23 incoming freshmen, including 13 offensive players, nine on defense and one specialist.
Pronounced CLAY-bo ? a candidate for all-conference honors in 2003 ? the best player on the line, perhaps on the team ? called the smartest player and the leader of the offensive line ? an imposing figure with great size ? a physical player whose skills will give him a chance to play at the next level ? the starter at left guard ? one of just three current Deacons -- and the only one on offense -- to have started every game the last two seasons ? brings a streak of 24 consecutive starts into the 2003 campaign ? named the 18th-best guard in the nation entering the season by The Sporting News ? selected to Lindy?s preseason All-ACC second-team.
An honorable mention All-ACC selection ? started all 13 games ? moved to left guard after playing tackle in 2001 ? graded out at 90 percent or better in the majority of WFU?s games ? helped the Deacon ground game lead the ACC in rushing for the second straight year ? also helped WFU average an ACC-best and school-record 408.1 yards of total offense per game ? the Wake Forest offensive line also tied an ACC-low by giving up just 12 sacks in 2002 ? named ACC Player of the Week after playing every offensive snap at Georgia Tech, seeing action at both guard positions and grading out at 92 percent with 15 knockdowns ? part of an offensive effort against Clemson that tallied the most total yards (523) in two years, including a 365-rushing yard performance, the eighth-best in school history ? helped the Deacon offense tally 458 yards, including 245 rushing yards in the shutout victory over North Carolina ? helped WFU record a season-high 241 passing yards and a Seattle Bowl-record 497 yards of total offense against Oregon.
Started all 11 games at left tackle ? the only underclassmen on the line to start all 11 contests ? was instrumental in Wake Forest allowing just 13 quarterback sacks in 11 games ? played a career-high 68 snaps in the season opener against East Carolina ? helped clear the way for the team?s league-leading 221.6 rushing yards-per-game.
Earned a varsity letter as a true freshman ? was called into action when injuries depleted the offensive line ? saw action in 10 games ? only game he missed was the season opener versus Appalachian State ? earned his first career start at right guard against Virginia.
A good athlete who earned six varsity letters at Farragut HS, three in football and three in basketball ? a two-year starter on the football team, playing offensive guard and tackle for the Admirals ? earned all-conference honors as a junior and senior ? earned all-state, all-region and all-East Tennessee honors as a senior ? played for coach Eddie Courtney ? averaged a double-double -- 18 points and 10 rebounds per game -- for Farragut?s basketball team as a senior ? worked as field director for Knox County?s Little League Baseball Association.
Majoring in Communication ? appeared on the WFU Dean?s List in the spring ? will turn 22 the day before the Duke game -- born October 17, 1981 in Knoxville, Tenn. ? son of Phil and Leslie Clabo ? has a younger brother, Clark (18) ? father, Phil, played football at the University of Tennessee from 1971-75 ? cousin, Neil Clabo, is a former NFL punter for the Pittsburgh Steelers and Minnesota Vikings.