Merrill Noel
Merrill Noel

RS Senior

Pahokee, FL

High School:

Height / Weight:
5-10 / 180





Veteran Secondary Anchors Deacon Defense

Wake Forest returns four veteran starters in its defensive secondary


Football Game Notes - Wake Forest vs. Vanderbilt

Deacons wrap up season against the Commodores


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


No. 3 Seminoles Blow By Demon Deacons 59-3

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


Campanaro Breaks Record in 34-10 Win over Maryland

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


Wake Forest vs. No. 3 Florida State - UTSI

Wake Forest vs. No. 3 Florida State - UTSI


Wake Forest at Syracuse

Wake takes on Syracuse on the road


Wake Forest vs. NC State

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


Wake Forest vs. ULM - Sept. 14, 2013

Wake Forest vs. ULM - Sept. 14, 2013


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

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

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.

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".