Deacons Hold Annual Football Banquet
April 18, 2009
Wake Forest held its annual football banquet on Saturday night at BB&T Field. The Deacons wrapped up spring practice earlier in the day.
Senior linebacker Aaron Curry was named the team Most Valuable Player as chosen by his teammates. Curry led the Deacons with 105 tackles in 2008 and was a first team All-ACC choice and an Associated Press second team All-America. He is considered a likely top five draft choice in the NFL Draft which will begin on Saturday, April 25.
Stanley Arnoux received the Bill George Award. The senior linebacker was second on the club to Curry with 89 tackles. Arnoux recorded 5.5 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks. He was also second on the team in forced fumbles.
Senior D.J. Boldin was named the outstanding offensive back/ receiver. In 2008, Boldin led the ACC with 81 catches and caught three touchdown passes. He was a first team All-ACC selection.
Chip Vaughn was named the Outstanding Special Teams Player. Vaughn was Wake Forest's third-leading tackler in 2008 with 87 tackles.
Alphonso Smith was named the Outstanding Defensive Back. Smith, a senior. Led the Deacons with seven interceptions and in the process set the ACC record for career interceptions with 21. Smith was a consensus All-America pick, earning first team honors from the American Football Coaches Association, Football Writers, Walter Camp, CBSSports.com, Associated Press and Pro Football Weekly. An All-ACC selection as well, Smith is considered a potential first round pick in next week's NFL Draft.
Russell Nenon was named the Outstanding Offensive Lineman/Tight End. Nenon, a rising junior, played both guard and center in 2008. He was Wake's starter at left guard until moving to center when Trey Bailey suffered a broken ankle. A starter in all 13 games last fall, Nenon was second on the team with 84 knockdown blocks.