Nikita Whitlock is just the seventh Deacon to earn All-ACC honors three times
2005: Won the Ray Guy Award as the nation's best punter... a consensus first team All-American... named first team All-American by the American Football Coaches Association, Associated Press, CBSSportsline.com, Draft Insiders, ESPN.com, Football Writers Association of American, Rivals.com, Sports Illustrated, The Sporting News and the Walter Camp Foundation... named first team All-ACC for a third straight year... became only the fifth player in Wake Forest history to be a three-time first team All-ACC selection, joining Bob Bartholomew, Norman Snead, James McDougald and John Henry Mills... selected to participant in the East-West Shrine Game and the NFL Scouting Combine... named as the Southeast's Top Special Teams Player of the Year by the Touchdown Club of Atlanta... selected to the Raleigh News & Observer's All-Big Four team... the first-ever recipient Wake Forest's Most Outstanding Special Teams Player Award... leaves as the top punter in Wake Forest and ACC history with a career average of 45.26, as well as the NCAA all-time leading punter among those with at least 200 career kicks... led the ACC in punting for a third straight year... led the nation in punting (47.2 yards per punt) and net punting (41.4)... played and started all 11 games... punted 67 times for an average of 47.2, shattering his own single season punting record... had 13 punts of at least 60 yards, including three punts of at least 70 yards... his punts of 71, 74 and 82 yards were the three longest in the ACC this season... nearly half of his kicks were not returned... dropped 20 of his 67 punts inside the 20 yardline... punted four times against Vanderbilt for an average of 33.8 and a long of 45... punted eight times at Nebraska with a 46.9 average and a long of 61... had five punts against East Carolina with a 41.0 average and a long of 61... punted eight times in the Maryland game with a 47.4 average and a long of 61... had four punts in the Clemson game with a 52.0 average and a long of 74... punted seven times at Florida State with a 50.6 average and a long of 61... punted a season-high 10 times at Boston College with an average of 43.9 and a long of 60... had eight punts against NC State with a 51.2 yard average with a long of 82, the longest punt in the ACC since 1989 and the fourth-longest in ACC history... was named ACC Specialist of the Week for that performance... punted three times at Duke for a 49.7 average and a long of 55... broke the school record for single game punting average at Georgia Tech, punting five times for 56.4 yards, including a long of 64... punted five times against Miami in his last college game with an average of 45.8 and a long of 64.
2004: Named first team All-ACC punter for the second straight year... led the league and ranked eighth nationally in punting with a 43.9 yard average... posted the fourth-best single season punting average in school history... a preseason candidate for the Ray Guy Award... punted 64 times for 2,809 yards and dropped 17 punts inside the 20... handled placekicking duties after Matt Wisnosky tore his ACL October 9... punted eight times at Maryland for 345 yards including four inside the 20... drilled a career-long 69 yarder with no return in College Park... punted seven times for 274 yards including a 60-yarder and one inside the 20 against Miami... punted eight times against North Carolina for 338 yards, the longest of which was a 59-yarder... landed three inside the 20 against the Tar Heels... punted four times against Duke for 179 yards, an average of 44.8 yards per punt... punted nine times for 365 yards against Florida State and dropped three punts inside the 20... punted six times against Virginia Tech for 294 yards including one inside the 20... punted eight times for 375 yards against NC State... longest punt of the day was a 65-yarder... landed one inside the 20 against the Wolfpack... punted six times for 270 yards against Boston College, the longest of which went 56 yards... landed two punts inside the 20 against the Eagles... punted twice for 88 yards against North Carolina A&T... long punt was 51 yards and dropped one inside the 20 against the Aggies... punted twice at East Carolina for 97 yards with a long of 49 yards... punted four times at Clemson for an average of 36.8 yards... his longest punt of the day was 59 yards in Death Valley but it was returned for a touchdown... had one punt blocked in the endzone for a safety... went 4-for-9 on field goals with a long of 41... was perfect on point after attempts, going 7-for-7.
2003: The ACC's top punter who started every game for Wake Forest in addition to handling placekicking duties early in the season... led the ACC and ranked sixth nationally in punting with a school season-record 45.6 average... also tied for first in the ACC with a perfect PAT percentage... earned first-team All-ACC honors... also named first-team Sophomore All-America by CollegeSportsReport.com... put 11 of his 57 punts inside the 20 and had a long punt of 67 yards... averaged 50.6 yards on five punts at Boston College, including a 56-yard boot... took over placekicking duties midway through the game, converting on two PATs and missing a 44-yard field goal... named ACC Specialist of the Week following the NC State game, in which he punted just twice but put both inside the 20 - one to the NC State 3-yard line and the other to the 17... was also 5-5 in extra-point attempts and connected on a 34-yard field goal... booted a season-high seven punts versus Purdue, averaging 46.4 yards per punt and putting one inside the 20... recorded a 58-yard punt, went 1-of-1 in PATs and kicked a season-long 37-yard field goal against the Boilermakers... connected on two field goals including a 43-yarder against East Carolina... also punted four times at an average of 39.5 yards per punt... nailed a 25-yard field goal and punted five times with an average of 46.8 yards per punt at Virginia... two of his punts were downed inside the 20-yard line against the Cavaliers... punted seven times for a 40.6-yard average against Georgia Tech... put three punts inside the 20... had a 25-yard field goal attempt blocked by the Yellow Jackets... averaged 52.5 yards on four punts at Duke, one of which was a career-high 67 yarder... punted 10 times for a 48.3 yard average at Florida State -- a new Wake Forest single-game record... averaged 47.5 yards on two punts against Clemson... punted twice against North Carolina for a 53.0 yard average... put one punt inside the 20... averaged 36.5 yards on six punts against Connecticut... punted three times for a 42.7 average versus Maryland.
2002: One of three true freshman to see action for the Deacs... the intention was to redshirt, but coaches felt his talents were needed... made his collegiate debut in the third game of the season at NC State... split some duties with placekicker Matt Wisnosky, handling PATs and mid-range field goals... then handled just punting duties in the second half of the season... attempted 32 punts on the year, averaging 43.2 yards per boot... that average would have ranked first among ACC punters if he had owned a few more attempts per game... put two punts inside the 20... made one PAT and had a 36-yard field goal attempt blocked against the Wolfpack... was 3-of-3 on extra-points at Purdue, but missed a 26-yard field goal attempt... did not handle any placekicking duties versus Virginia, but took his first collegiate punt for 33 yards... recorded four punts for 180 yards, averaging 45.0 yards per punt at Georgia Tech... boomed a long punt of 62 yards in Atlanta... had five punts, averaging 45.2 yards per kick versus Duke... recorded three punts for an average of 41.7 yards per kick at Clemson... averaged 32 yards on two punts against North Carolina... punted five times, averaging 42.4 yards a kick against Florida State... averaged 41.3 yards on three boots against Navy... had four punts for 177 yards, averaging 44.3 yards per punt at Maryland... had a long boot of 54 yards against the Terps... averaged an impressive 48.4 yards over five punts in the Seattle Bowl... put one inside the 20 and had a long punt of 57 yards versus Oregon.
Background: A three-year starter as a placekicker and punter at Fallbrook HS, earning first-team All-Avocado League honors as a senior... named the North County Times Kicker of the Year... a first-team All-CIF as well as All-San Diego County selection... was a perfect 32-of-32 in extra points during senior year... set a school-record with a 47-yard field goal... also a four-year starter in soccer, earning the team MVP award as a junior and senior... earned first-team all-league, All-CIF, and all-county honors... was a Scholar-Athlete all four years of prep career... named to the San Diego Union-Tribune All-Academic team.
Personal: Majoring in communication, minoring in religion... born March 5, 1984 in Colorado Springs, Colo.... son of Steven and Cindy Plackemeier... has an older brother, Ben and younger sister, Kendra... hails from an athletic family, as father, Steve, was a swimmer and played water polo at Southeast Missouri State and uncle, Jim Israel, played basketball and baseball at Wake Forest.
Plackemeier's Career Punting Statistics G-GS No Yds Avg Lg In20 50+ 60+ 70+ 80+ 2002 10-8 32 1,383 43.2 62 2 10 1 0 0 2003 12-12 57 2,600 45.6 67 11 20 3 0 0 2004 11-11 64 2,809 43.9 69 17 17 4 0 0 2005 11-11 67 3,165 47.2 82 20 21 13 3 1 44-42 220 9,957 45.3 82 50 68 21 3 1