Tanner Price and Nikita Whitlock spoke with members of the media.
Enters the 2012 season ranked second among active ACC players in career tackles for loss with 24.5, trailing only Florida State's Brandon Jenkins.
Had a breakout season in which he developed into one of the top defensive linemen in the ACC ... Earned second team All-ACC honors ... Named a sophomore All-American by College Football News ... Started all 13 games at nose guard ... Finished the season ranked fourth on the team with 64 tackles, including 26 solo stops and a team-leading 14.0 tackles for loss ... Ranked fifth in the ACC in tackles for loss (1.08 per game) ... Finished 39th in the ACC in tackles with 4.9 per game ... Tied for the team lead with 3.5 sacks for 34 yards on the season ... Also had three QB hurries, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and a pass breakup from his interior line position ... Had five tackles and a sack in the season opener at Syracuse (Sept. 1) ... Made two tackles vs. NC State (Sept. 10) and had a pass breakup on NC State's final offensive play of the game, as he dropped into pass coverage from his nose guard position ... Had a season-high six stops and two tackles for loss at Boston College (Oct. 1) ... Ranked second on the team with seven tackles, including 1.5 for loss, vs. Florida State (Oct. 8) ... Had a key sack of FSU quarterback E.J. Manuel on the first play of the second half ... Second team Midseason All-ACC selection by Phil Steele ... Tied for second on the team with seven tackles, including 1.5 for loss, vs. Virginia Tech (Oct. 15) ... Had seven tackles at Duke (Oct. 22), including 2.5 tackles for loss and a sack ... Had six tackles and three for loss at North Carolina (Oct. 29) ... Had at least one tackle for loss in five straight Games from Oct. 1-29 ... Made five stops vs. Notre Dame (Nov. 5) but saw his TFL streak come to an end ... Made four tackles vs. Clemson (Nov. 12) ... Had four tackles, a tackle for loss and a QB hurry vs. Maryland (Nov. 19) ... Had six tackles, 1.5 for loss, a half-sack and his first career fumble recovery in the Music City Bowl vs. Mississippi State (Dec. 30).
2010 (Redshirt Freshman)
Started all 12 games in turning in an outstanding freshman season ... Named second team Freshman All-America by College Football News and Rivals.com ... Fourth team All-ACC pick by Phil Steele ... The only Deacon freshman to start all 12 games in 2010 ... Finished tied for seventh on the team with 44 tackles ... Ranked third on the team with 10.5 tackles for loss and was second with 3.0 sacks ... Made collegiate debut vs. Presbyterian (Sept. 2), starting at defensive tackle, and recorded three tackles, including a sack ... Had five tackles with one of those for a loss vs. Duke (Sept. 11) ... Had a season-high 10 tackles with 2.5 tackles for loss and a forced fumble vs. Georgia Tech (Oct. 2) ... Made five tackles vs. Navy (Oct. 9) and also had a pass breakup ... Recorded two solo tackles at Virginia Tech (Oct. 16) ... Made three tackles, including 2.5 tackles for loss and a sack, at NC State (Nov. 13) ... Also had two pass breakups against the Wolfpack ... Recorded five tackles and had half a tackle for loss vs. Clemson (Nov. 20) ... Collected three tackles and a sack while tying his season-best with 2.5 tackles for loss at Vanderbilt (Nov. 27).
2009 (True Freshman)
Redshirted the season as an inside linebacker.
A 2009 graduate of Wylie (Texas) High School ... Named the Texas Class 5A Defensive Player of the Year by the Associated Press as a senior ... Named the All-Area Defensive Player of the Year by the Dallas Morning News ... Helped lead Wylie to the Class 5A Division II state final ... Wylie finished third in the regular season in District 8-5A ... Had two touchdowns off blocked punts as a senior ... As a senior, collected 94 tackles, 25 tackles for loss, 16 quarterback hurries and four forced fumbles ... Wylie lost to Katy in the state finals at Houston's Reliant Stadium ... Played for Coach Bill Howard ... Recruited by Tim Billings ... One of eight Texas natives on the Wake Forest roster ... Came from the same high school program as WR Chris Givens.
Majoring in health and exercise science ... Son of Raymond and Genny Whitlock ... Born May 16, 1991.