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Merrill Noel
Merrill Noel

Class:
RS Senior

Hometown:
Pahokee, FL

High School:
Pahokee

Height / Weight:
5-10 / 175

Position:
CB

Birthdate:
09/10/1991

Major:
Communication

04/15/2014

Veteran Secondary Anchors Deacon Defense

Wake Forest returns four veteran starters in its defensive secondary

11/26/2013

Football Game Notes - Wake Forest vs. Vanderbilt

Deacons wrap up season against the Commodores

11/23/2013

Duke Comes From Behind to Beat Deacs 28-21

Wake Forest jumped out to 14-0 lead on touchdowns by Thomas Brown and Spencer Bishop

11/09/2013

No. 3 Seminoles Blow By Demon Deacons 59-3

Florida State took advantage of early Wake Forest turnovers to seize control of the game

10/19/2013

Campanaro Breaks Record in 34-10 Win over Maryland

Michael Campanaro is Wake Forest's all-time receptions leader with 217

11/09/2013

Wake Forest vs. No. 3 Florida State - UTSI

Wake Forest vs. No. 3 Florida State - UTSI

11/02/2013

Wake Forest at Syracuse

Wake takes on Syracuse on the road

10/05/2013

Wake Forest vs. NC State

Tanner Price threw for three TDs and ran for another to help Deacs to 28-13 victory.

09/14/2013

Wake Forest vs. ULM - Sept. 14, 2013

Wake Forest vs. ULM - Sept. 14, 2013

11/17/2012

Wake Forest vs. No. 3 Notre Dame - AP Photos

Wake Forest vs. No. 3 Notre Dame - AP Photos


2013 (Junior)
Started 11 games at cornerback before missing the final game of the year at Vanderbilt (Nov. 30) due to injury ... Finished seventh on the team with 53 tackles, including 38 solo stops and 2.5 for loss ... Tied for the team lead with three interceptions, totaling a team-high 60 yards in returns off the picks ... Forced a team-best three fumbles and also recovered one ... Ranked second on the team with six pass breakups ... Made four tackles in the season opener vs. Presbyterian (Aug. 29) ... Tied for the team lead with seven tackles at Boston College (Sept. 6) ... Intercepted his first pass of the season vs. ULM (Sept. 14) and ran it back 11 yards ... Also had two pass breakups and five tackles against the Warhawks ... Sealed the victory vs. NC State (Oct. 5) with an interception in the waning seconds of the game ... Also had six tackles and one pass break up against the Wolfpack ... Enjoyed a great game on Homecoming vs. Maryland (Oct. 19), notching his third interception of the season to go along with five solo tackles, one pass breakup and his second-career forced fumble ... His 49-yard interception return against the Terrapins was the longest of his career ... Had four tackles, including one for loss, at Syracuse (Nov. 2) ... Collected six tackles, forced a fumble and recovered his first-career fumble vs. No. 3 Florida State (Nov. 9) ... Made seven tackles, including a tackle for loss, and forced a fumble vs. Duke (Nov. 23).

2012 (Sophomore)
Played in nine games with seven starts on the year ... Finished the season with 33 tackles, including 24 solo stops ... Had 1.5 tackles for loss and a half-sack ... Turned in three pass breakups on the year ... Missed the season opener vs. Liberty (Sept. 1) with a hamstring injury ... Returned to action vs. North Carolina (Sept. 8) and had four tackles, including one for loss, and a pass breakup ... Assisted on a sack and finished with three tackles at Florida State (Sept. 15) ... Had one tackle and a pass breakup vs. Army (Sept. 22) ... Made three tackles, including two solo, vs. Duke (Sept. 29) ... Had a season-high six tackles, including four solo, and a pass breakup at Virginia (Oct. 20) ... Recorded four tackles, including three solo stops, vs. Boston College (Nov. 3) ... Tied his season-high with six tackles, including four solo, at NC State (Nov. 10) ... Made five solo tackles at Notre Dame (Nov. 17).

2011 (Redshirt Freshman)
Started all 13 games at cornerback and turned in a remarkable season ... Consensus Freshman All-America selection, being honored by the FWAA, Rivals.com and CBSSports.com ... Named an honorable mention All-American by Sports Illustrated ... Named the ACC Defensive Rookie of the Year ... Honorable mention All-ACC selection ... Finished the season tied for the national lead in passes defended with 21, including two interceptions and a school-record 19 pass breakups ... The 21 passes defended are the most-ever by an NCAA freshman since the organization started tracking the statistic in 2000 ... Finished third on the team with 66 tackles, including a team-high 54 solo stops ... Also was the team's second-leading kick returner, running back 13 kicks for 233 yards (17.9 ypr) ... Recorded five tackles in his collegiate debut at Syracuse (Sept. 1) ... Made his debut as a kick returner with three returns for 70 yards vs. NC State (Sept. 10) including a 48-yarder ... Made four tackles and broke up a pass vs. Gardner-Webb (Sept. 17) ... Had a season-high six tackles, including his first career tackle for loss, and three passes broken up at Boston College (Oct. 1) ... His TFL came on a third-and-one and pushed the Eagles back three yards ... Led the team with eight tackles, broke up three passes and recorded his first career interception vs. Florida State (Oct. 8) ... Picked off FSU's E.J. Manuel near the goalline and returned it 14 yards ... Broke up a school-record four passes vs. Virginia Tech, adding three tackles (Oct. 15) ... Named a Midseason All-American by SI and third team Midseason All-ACC by Phil Steele ... Had seven tackles and three pass breakups at Duke (Oct. 22) ... Had a streak of six consecutive games with a pass breakup (Sept. 10 - Oct. 22) ... Recorded seven tackles at UNC (Oct. 29) but did not break up a pass, snapping his streak of consecutive games with a PBU ... Made five tackles, all solo, vs. Notre Dame (Nov. 5) ... Recorded six tackles and broke up one pass at Clemson (Nov. 12) ... Also added five kickoff returns for 59 yards at Clemson ... Forced his first career fumble to go along with two pass breakups and four tackles vs. Maryland (Nov. 19) ... Made four tackles and broke up his school-record 19th pass of the season vs. Vanderbilt (Nov. 26) ... Tied for the team lead with seven tackles and made his second career interception, returning it 18 yards, in the Music City Bowl vs. Mississippi State (Dec. 30).

2010 (True Freshman)
Redshirted the season.


High School
A 2010 graduate of Pahokee (Fla.) HS ... Named first team all-area by the Palm Beach Post ... First team All-Palm Beach County in Class 2A-2B-1A ... Had 65 tackles, six sacks and four interceptions as a senior ... Returned a blocked field goal for a touchdown in the Muck Bowl against Glades Central ... Played for a Pahokee dynasty that won three straight state titles in 2006, 2007 and 2008 ... Played for Coach Blaze Thompson ... Rivals.com rated Noel as the No. 95 prospect in Florida and the 63rd-best defensive back nationally ... SuperPrep ranked Noel as the No. 72 prospect in the state ... Clocked at 10.5 in the 100m ... Graduate of the same high school as former Deacons Alphonso Smith, D.J. Boldin and Antonio Wilson ... Chose Wake Forest over offers from Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Louisville, Michigan, Pittsburgh, Tennessee, Vanderbilt and West Virginia ... Recruited by Ray McCartney.

Personal
Nickname is "Bud" ... Majoring in communication ... Son of Merrill Noel, Sr. and Frantoria Green ... Was raised by his mother and grandmother, Gayle Love ... Born Sept. 10, 1991 ... Name is pronounced "murh-ELL no-ELL".

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