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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.
2006 (Redshirt Freshman):
Part-time starter on the defensive front ... Started three games on the year: Maryland, Duke and Florida State ... Finished the season with 34 tackles including 17 solos and 17 assists ... Season-high six tackles at Clemson (Nov. 10) ... Made four stops each against Nebraska (Sept. 8) and Navy (Oct. 20) ... Collected fumble recoveries vs. Navy and Vanderbilt (Nov. 24) ... Registered a half-sack vs. the Commodores and also vs. UConn in the Meineke Car Care Bowl ... Missed spring practice while recovering from off-season shoulder surgery.
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 ... Recorded a season-high four tackles in the ACC Championship Game against Georgia Tech ... had a sack in the Florida State game.
2005 (True Freshman):
Redshirted the season.
High school teammate of Riley Skinner ... One of four Bolles School products on the Wake Forest roster ... 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 Florida 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 ... Ran 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.
Majoring in political science ... Parents are Dick and Betty Russell ... Born July 1, 1987 ... Chose Wake Forest over offers from Central Florida, Clemson, Duke, Georgia Tech and Louisville.