Draft Scout Snapshot:DS Rating on 9/1/09: #28 DE, #423/750 Overall, Projected Rd: 2007: Started three games on the year... Finished the season with 34 tackles including 17 solos and 17 assists ...2006: Played in 13 games and started the season finale, the FedEx Orange Bowl against Louisville ... made 19 tackles during the season, including two for loss and one sack ...2005: Redshirted.
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Russell is fifth on the Wake Forest team with 46 tackles. He led the team and ranks ninth in the ACC in sacks with 4.5. Russell had a season-high nine tackles at Georgia Tech on Nov. 7.
Wake's starter at defensive tackle in all 13 games ... Ranked ninth on the team with 38 tackles (17 solos) ... Finished third on the team with seven tackles for loss ... Second on the team with four sacks ... Led the defense with two sacks in a 12-7 win over Clemson (Oct. 9) ... Picked up a season-best seven tackles against NC State (Nov. 15) ... Made five stops against Maryland (Oct. 18) ... Had one pass break-up and two forced fumbles on the season.
Played in all 13 games along the defensive front in earning his second varsity letter . . . Earned three starts, vs. Maryland (Sept. 22), Duke (Oct. 6) and Florida State (Oct. 11), all Wake Forest wins . . . Finished 10th on the team with 34 tackles including 17 solos . . . Had three tackles for loss and an interception that came against Nebraska (Sept. 8) . . . Season-high six tackles at Clemson (Nov. 10) . . . Made four stops each against Nebraska and Navy (Oct. 20) . . . Made fumble recoveries vs. Navy and Vanderbilt (Nov. 24) . . . Registered a sack in each of the last two games of the season . . . Underwent offseason shoulder surgery that will most likely keep him out of spring practice.
Played in 13 games and started the season finale, the FedEx Orange Bowl against Louisville... made 19 tackles on the season, including two for loss and one sack... recorded a season-high four tackles in the ACC Championship Game against Georgia Tech... had a sack in the Florida State game.
Redshirted the season as a true freshman.
High school teammate of fellow signee Riley Skinner... helped lead the Bolles School to a 14-0 record and a Florida 3A state championship... named first team all-state in 3A... named to the Super 24 by the Jacksonville Times-Union... first team All-First Coast... rated by the Jacksonville Times-Union as the fifth-best defensive lineman in Florida... named to Team USA as part of NFL Global Junior Championship... named to Jacksonville Times-Union's Super 75... recorded 10 tackles and one sack in the state championship game... had 74 tackles and seven sacks during his senior year... earned All-First Coast and all-region honors as a junior... recorded 103 tackles as a junior including 10 sacks and two fumble recoveries... runs the 40-yard dash in 4.8 seconds... a track standout who threw the shot put and discus... coached by Corky Rodgers at the Bolles School.
Parents are Dick and Betty Russell... born July 1, 1987... chose Wake Forest over offers from Central Florida, Clemson, Duke, Georgia Tech and Louisville.