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Aaron Curry heading into rSr season: 2008: All-Atlantic Coast Conference first-team choice...Recipient of the Butkus Award, given to the nation's top linebacker...Started all thirteen games at strong-side outside linebacker, as he led the team with a career-high 105 tackles (66 solos) and 16.0 stops for losses totaling 48 yards...Added 2.5 sacks for minus 16 yards and two pressures...Recovered three fumbles, advancing one 3 yards...Caused one fumble, deflected three passes and intercepted another for a 22-yard return...On 85 running plays he was involved in, the opposition gained 338 yards (3.98 ypc) with 22 first downs three touchdowns, as Curry made twelve third-down stops and one more on fourth-down, stopping runners three times for no gain...His opponents threw 45 passes into his area, completing 32 of those tosses (71.115) for 239 yards (7.47 yards per completion/5.31 yards per attempt), ten first downs and four touchdowns, as Curry made six third-down stops and another on fourth down in pass coverage...Collected eleven of his tackles inside the red zone, including six on goal line plays...2007: 13 GP; 13 GS; 63 Sol-99 TT, 13.5 TFL, 3 SK, 4 INT, 4 PBU, 4 QBH, 2 FF; Second team All-ACC linebacker as a junior...Earned second team All-America honors from CollegeSportsReport.com...Was named ACC Defensive Lineman of the Week after the North Carolina game when he had seven tackles and two interceptions including an 84-yard return for a touchdown...2006: 14 GP; 14 GS; 52 Sol-83 TT, 8.5 TFL, 3 SK, 1 INT, 3 PBU, 1 QBH, 2 FF; Started all 14 games at outside linebacker...ranked 42nd in the ACC averaging 4.9 tackles per game...ranked second on the team with 83 tackles...tied for fourth on the team with 8.5 tackles for loss and three sacks...broke up three passes and intercepted one...forced two fumbles...2005: 11 GP; 10 GS; 28 Sol-45 TT, 7.5 TFL, 1 SK, 5 PBU, 1 BLK; Named second team Freshman All-American and to the ACC All-Freshman Team by The Sporting News.
Chip Vaughn heading into rSr season: 2008: All-Atlantic Coast Conference first-team selection by The NFL Draft Report...Started 12 of 13 games, as he was suspended for the first half of the season opener due to a violation of team rules...Ranked third on the team with 87 tackles (59 solos) that included 2.5 stops behind the line of scrimmage...Recovered two fumbles and gained 37 yards on three interceptions...Also deflected six passes...Helped the team ranked tied for 12th in the nation in pass defense, as the Demon Deacons allowed just 172.54 aerial yards per game...Made nine third-down stops on 47 running plays and 16 more vs. the pass...On 58 passes thrown into his area, 37 were caught (64.79%) for 364 yards (9.83 yards per pass completion/6.28 yards per attempt) and one touchdown...2007: 13 GP; 13 GS; 66 Sol-105 TT, 4.5 TFL, 1 INT, 14 PBU, 2 FR; Wake Forest's leading tackler in 2007 with 105 tackles (66 solo, 39 assists) . . . Earned honorable mention All-ACC . . . Second in the conference in passes defended with 15 . . . Ranked 12th in the ACC in tackles per game at 8.1 . . . Finished second in the ACC behind Alphonso Smith with 15 passes defended (interceptions + pass break-ups) . . . Led the Deacons with 14 pass breakups . . . Was Wake's tackle leader in eight of 13 games . . . 2006: 14 GP; 1 GS; 33 Sol-41 TT, 1 TFL, 2 PBU; Played in all 14 games and started the Florida State contest for the injured Josh Gattis... made arguably the most important play of the season, blocking Duke's last second field goal to preserve an early-season 14-13 victory... had 41 tackles on the year, including one for loss... 2005: 11 GP; 2 GS; 16 Sol-25 TT, 0.5 TFL, 1 FF; Played in all 11 games and started against East Carolina... filled the role of nickel and dime back... made 25 tackles with 16 solo stops, a half tackle for loss and a forced fumble... 2004: Redshirted the season as a true freshman... came to Wake Forest as a receiver and moved to safety.
Alphonso Smith heading into rSr season: 2008: First-team All-American selection by The NFL Draft Report, adding second-team honors from the Walter Camp Foundation and third-team accolades from the Associated Press...All-ACC first-team pick...Started all thirteen games at left cornerback, registered 44 tackles (36 solos) with three sacks for minus 20 yards, 4.5 stops for losses totaling 24 yards and a QB pressure...Caused a league-high four fumbles, as he deflected eight passes and blocked one punt...Gained 112 yards on six kickoff returns (18.7 avg)...Ranked tied for second in the nation with a school season-record eight interceptions, tying another ACC mark by returning those pass thefts for 166 yards and three touchdowns, just one shy of the NCAA annual record four interception returns for scores by Deltha O'Neal of California in 1999...2007: 13 GP; 13 GS; Rec: 3-13-4.3-0; KR: 6-112-18.7-0; 36 Sol-44 TT, 4.5 TFL, 3 SK, 8 INT, 10 PBU, 1 QBH, 4 FF, 1 BLK; Considered one of the top corners in the ACC ... First team All- ACC ... Second team All-America by Walter Camp ... Third team AP All- America squad and honorable mention on the Sports Illustrated All-America team ... First team All-American by CollegeSportsReport.com ... Led the nation and the ACC with a school-record eight interceptions ... Had three interception returns for touchdowns ...2006: 14 GP; 3 GS; 37 Sol-48 TT, 8.5 TFL, 4 SK, 3 INT, 8 PBU, 1 FF, 1 BLK; Played in all 14 games and started three at cornerback... tied for the team lead with 8.5 tackles for loss from his position in the secondary... ranked third on the team with four sacks... intercepted three passes, tied for the the third-most on the team... broke up eight passes, the third-most on the team... ranked seventh on the team with 48 tackles... 2005: 11 GP; 11 GS; 52 Sol-59 TT, 8 TFL, 2 SK, 3 INT, 9 PBU, 1 FF; Named first team Freshman All-American by CollegeFootballNews.com, ESPN.com, and Scout.com... chosen second team Freshman All-American by The Sporting News and Rivals.com... selected to The Sporting News' ACC All-Freshman Team... recipient of the ACC's Defensive Back of the Week award on October 24... ranked among the top freshmen nationally with eight tackles for loss... tied for the team lead and tied for third in the ACC with 12 passes defended... tied for eighth in the ACC and 68th nationally with three interceptions... claimed a starting job in the preseason as a rookie and retained it all season... one of only three Wake Forest defenders to start all 11 games... 2004: Redshirted the season as a true freshman... nickname is Prime.
Tommy Bohanon heading into Sr season: A closer look at the Jets' picks: Round 7/215 - Tommy Bohanon, RB, 6-1 246, Wake Forest...Bohanon was a do-everything type at Wake Forest who played four years of special teams and has experience at both tight end and H-back, so he has the potential to be a useful late-round find. With Lex Hilliard atop the depth chart at fullback, Bohanon should have a chance to compete for the starting job immediately. - The Sports Xchange
Sam Swank heading into rSr season: 2007: XP 44-44, FG 18-21, 40-49: 4-6, 50+ 2-3, Long 52, 6 TB-74 KO; P 76-3024-39.8, 7 TB, 27 FC, 21 in 20, 0 blocked; Honorable mention All-ACC selection as a placekicker as a junior . . . Was a semifinalist for the Lou Groza Award given annually to the nation's top placekicker . . . Named ACC Special Teams Player of the Week following the Florida State contest (Oct. 11) where he converted all three PATs and added a game-clinching 48- yard field goal . . . Longest field goal of the season was 52 yards vs. Navy (Oct. 20) and Clemson (Nov. 11) . . . Is 9-of-12 lifetime from 50 yards and farther . . . Career long field goal is 53 yards twice, both against NC State in 2006 . . . Is just the second Wake Forest player to collect over 100 PATs in a career . . . Finished fifth in the ACC in scoring with an average of 7.5 points per game . . . Averaged 39.8 yards per punt with a season-long of 66 yards against North Carolina (Oct. 27)....2006: XP 33-33, FG 23-31, 40-49: 5-7, 50+ 5-7, Long 53, 22 TB-70 KO; P 70-2887-41.2, 7 TB, 23 FC, 19 in 20, 0 blocked; Named 1st Team All-American by Sports Illustrated... voted ACC Championship Game's Most Valuable Player... tied the NCAA record for most 50-yard field goals in a game, making three at NC State... became only the sixth player in NCAA history to accomplish that feat... set 11 new school records during his sophomore campaign... broke his own school record for most field goals in a season (23)... broke Wilson Hoyle's school record for most consecutive extra points (62), career field goal percentage (76.4), career PAT percentage (100.0) and field goals by a sophomore (23)... twice tied the school record for the longest field goal (53 yards), held by Matthew Burdick and Wade Tollison...2005: XP 29-29, FG 19-24, 40-49: 4-6, 50+ 2-2, Long 52, 19 TB-55 KO; P 1-30-30, 0 TB, 0 FC, 1 in 20, 0 blocked; A Lou Groza Award Semifinalist... first team All-American by The Sporting News, CollegeFootballNews.com and Scout.com... selected second team Freshman All-American by Rivals.com... named to The Sporting News' ACC All-Freshman Team... chosen to the Raleigh News & Observer's All-Big Four Team... received one vote for ACC Rookie of the Year...2004: Redshirted the season as a true freshman behind returning starter Matt Wisnosky.
*Chris Givens heading into rJr season: A closer look at the Rams' picks: Round 4/96 - Chris Givens, WR, 5-11, 198, Wake Forest...Has game-breaking speed and natural pass-catching ability, which was evident in his 2011 season that produced 83 receptions for 1,330 yards and nine touchdowns. - The Sports Xchange
Brandon Ghee heading into rSr season: 2009 Senior Bowl Invite…2009: Suffered a sprained knee on the very first day of 2009 spring practice. 2008: 11 GP; 11 GS; PR: 1-10-10-0; 29 Sol-35 TT, 3.5 TFL, 1 SK, 1 INT, 7 PBU, 1 FR, 4 FF, 1 BLK; Led the team and finished second in the ACC in fumbles forced with four … Did not play against Miami (Oct. 25) or Duke (Nov. 1) due to a foot injury. 2007: 12 GP; 11 GS; 46 Sol-63 TT, 6.5 TFL, 1 SK, 10 PBU, 1 FF; Moved into the starting lineup against Army on Sept. 15 and stayed at corner for the remainder of the season. 2006: Did not participate in any team activities because of academic reasons. 2005: Redshirted the season as a true freshman. Personal: Brother of former Wake strong safety Patrick Ghee.
Josh Bush heading into rSr season: A closer look at the Jets' picks: Round 6/187-Josh Bush, S, 5-11, 208, Wake Forest...Converted to safety from cornerback as a senior, when he had six interceptions, and will contribute right away in the secondary and on special teams. COULD SURPRISE: Safety Josh Bush: He won't be a superstar, but his ability to do a little bit of everything-including play special teams-should make him a valuable contributor right away. Bush ran a sub-4.5 40 at the combine, played cornerback at Wake Forest and will provide much-needed depth behind the questionable starting duo of LaRon Landry and Eric Smith. - The Sports Xchange
Chris DeGeare heading into Sr season: 2009 East-West Shrine Invite…2006: Started all 14 games at offensive guard as a true sophomore… saw action on 699 snaps, about 81 percent of all plays and the third-most on the team… earned a season grade of 85 percent… had 56 knockdown blocks to rank fourth on the team…2005: Named honorable mention Freshman All-American and to the ACC All-Freshman Team by The Sporting News… a key member of Wake Forest's offensive line that paved the way for ACC Player of the Year Chris Barclay… helped the Deacons to lead the conference in rushing, averaging more than 197 yards per game… played in all 11 games and started against NC State… saw his playing time increase each week… graded out at 78 percent for the season with 29.5 knockdown blocks.
Joe Looney heading into Sr season: A closer look at the 49ers' picks: Round 4/117 -- Joe Looney, C/G, 6-3, 318, Wake Forest...Big nasty, interior player is just what they were looking for. COULD SURPRISE: Guard Joe Looney: he could end up as a starter. He will be thrown into the mix for right guard along with Daniel Kilgore, Mike Person and Alex Boone. - The Sports Xchange
Kyle Wilber heading into rSr season: A closer look at the Cowboys' picks: Round 4/113 - Kyle Wilbur, LB, 6-3, 250, Wake Forest...The Cowboys were looking to upgrade their pass rush and Wilbur helps address that need. He had 13.5 sacks in college. But he is also solid covering backs out of the backfield and good against the run. - The Sports Xchange
Stanley Arnoux heading into rSr season: 2007: 13 GP; 13 GS; 36 Sol-66 TT, 7.5 TFL, 3.5 SK, 2 INT, 1 PBU, 1 FR, 1 FF; Wake Forest's starting middle linebacker in all 13 games as he earned his third letter . . . Third on the team with 66 tackles . . . Tied for third on the team with 3.0 sacks . . . Had an interception against Army (Sept. 15) which he returned for two yards . . . Finished the year among the top 50 tacklers in the ACC with 5.1 tackles per game...2006: 14 GP; 13 GS; 32 Sol-63 TT, 3.5 TFL, 1 INT, 3 FR, 1 FF; Played in all 14 games and started 13... tied for the ACC lead with three fumble recoveries... ranked 42nd in the league in tackles, averaging 4.9 per game... ranked fourth on the team with 69 tackles and 7.0 tackles for loss...2005: 11 GP; 4 GS; 16 Sol-27 TT, 1.5 TFL, 1 PBU; Played in 11 games and started against NC State, Duke and Georgia Tech... made 27 tackles, including 16 solo tackles... recorded 1.5 tackles for loss and broke up one pass...2004: Redshirted the season as a true freshman.
John Russell heading into rSr season: 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.
Boo Robinson heading into rSr season: 2008: 13 GP; 12 GS; 24 Sol-47 TT, 6 TFL, 5 SK, 1 INT, 1 PBU, 1 QBH, 2 FR, 1 FF; Earned honorable mention All-ACC accolades at defensive tackle ... Tied for 10th in school history with 11.5 career sacks ... Finished 11th in the ACC in sacks ... Came off the bench against Ole Miss (Sept. 6) after missing considerable practice time while recuperating from a sprained ankle suffered in the season opener at Baylor. 2007: 13 GP; 13 GS; 17 Sol-26 TT, 8 TFL, 4 SK, 1 PBU, 1 FF. 2006: 14 GP; 1 GS; 15 Sol-35 TT, 2.5 TFL, 2.5 SK, 1 INT, 1 PBU. 2005: Redshirted the season as a true freshman.
Kevin Patterson heading into rSr season: 2007: Started eight games at safety in 2007... Fifth on the team with 50 tackles ... Recovered two fumbles and broke up one pass ...2006: Played in all 14 games at cornerback and started the final 11 of the season ... Made 44 tackles to rank eighth on the team ... Broke up seven passes and intercepted two ... Returned one 48 yards for a touchdown vs. the Seminoles ... Also made 2.5 tackles for loss and a half-sack ...2005: Started the first six games of his career before undergoing an appendectomy that sidelined him for four weeks ... Returned to action in the season finale ... Made 24 tackles in seven games, including 18 solo stops, with three pass break-ups ...2004: Redshirted.
Riley Skinner heading into rSr season: 2007: Starting quarterback compiled a record of 8-3 as a starter in 2007 ... Led Wake Forest to a 9-4 record and a berth in the Meineke Car Care Bowl ... Missed two games early in the year after suffering a separated shoulder in the opener at Boston College (Sept. 1) ... Threw a touchdown pass in each of the final three games ... Finished fifth in the ACC in passing yards per game at 2004 ... Fourth in the league in total offense at 203.2 YPG and passing efficiency (133.4 rating) ...2006: Voted ACC?Rookie of the Year ... Named 2nd Team All-ACC?by the Atlantic?Coast Sports Media Association and College Football News ... Selected 2nd Team Freshman All-American and to the ACC?All-Freshman Team by The Sporting News ... A three-time recipient of the ACC?Rookie of the Week award (September 11, November 13, November 27 ... Set 10 new school records for passing in his rookie year ... Broke Cory Randolph's school record for single season completion percentage (65.8) ... Broke Mike Elkins' school records for single season completion percentage (65.8), passing yards (2051), passing attempts (260), completions (171) and passing touchdowns (9) by a redshirt freshman ...2005: Redshirted...Uncle was a quarterback at Vanderbilt.
Marshall Williams heading into rSr season: 2010: Became the 22nd Demon Deacon to record 100 receptions in a career vs. Maryland (10.30)... Eclipsed 1,500 career receiving yards vs. Clemson (11.20) ... Ranks in a tie for 16th in school history with 108 career receptions...Third on the team with 260 receiving yards...2009: Led Wake Forest in receiving yards with 867 ... It marked the sixth-highest season receiving total in school history ... Second on the club with 60 receptions ... Led the team with a 14.4 yards per catch average ... Finished fourth in the ACC in receptions per game (5.0) and third in receiving yards per game (72.2) ... Led the Deacons with three 100-yard receiving games ...2008: Wake Forest's second-leading receiver as a sophomore with 26 catches for 390 yards ... Had two TD catches on the season ... Played in all 13 games with two starts ... Had at least two catches in each of the first five games ... Made at least one reception in each of the final six games ...2007: Was sidelined for the season with an ankle injury...2006: Redshirted.
D.J. Boldin heading into rSr season: 2007: Caught 11 passes for 127 yards while appearing in all 13 games ... Had a successful return in 2007 after missing the 2006 season ...2006: Sat out the season for academic reasons...2005: Named to The Sporting News' ACC All-Freshman Team ... Finished second on the team in receiving yards and fourth on the team in receptions ... Played nine games and started six ... Made 15 receptions for 224 yards, a team-best 14.9 yards per catch ...2004: Redshirted...is the younger brother of Anquan Boldin, who played football at Florida State and was the NFL's 2003 Rookie of the Year with the Arizona Cardinals.
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