Deacon Seniors Await Saturday's NFL Draft
Wake Forest's Jeremy Thompson, left, sacks Army quarterback Carson Williams (16) in the third quarter. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)[
Wake Forest's Jeremy Thompson, left, sacks Army quarterback Carson Williams (16) in the third quarter. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)[

April 25, 2008

Wake Forest center Steve Justice, defensive end Jeremy Thompson, and wide receiver Kenny Moore appear to be Wake Forest's prospects in the NFL Draft scheduled to begin on Saturday, April 26.

Tight end John Tereshinski, long snapper Nick Jarvis, wide receiver/return specialist Kevin Marion, running back Micah Andrews, defensive lineman Zach Stukes and offensive lineman Matt Brim are also potential draft choices or free agent signees.

According to USA Today Sports Weekly, Justice "has a great combination of quickness, hip movement and technique. Excels at making line calls, and knows how to get in position based on his understanding of defensive schemes." USA Today Sports Weekly also named Justice the top senior center in college football in December.

During his senior season at Wake Forest, Justice, a 6-4, 284-pound center from Port Orange, Fla., earned consensus All-America honors. He was named first team All-America by the American Football Coaches Association, Associated Press, ESPN.Com and CBSSports.Com. Justice was named second team All-America by Walter Camp, Sports Illustrated and The Sporting News.

Justice received the Atlantic Coast Conference's prestigious Jacobs Blocking Trophy, given to the best lineman in the ACC. He also earned first team All-ACC for the second consecutive year.

A starter in the final 38 games of his career, Justice was involved in a team-high 898 offensive snaps. He graded out positively on 822 for a 91.5% grade and led the team with 66 knockdown blocks, an average of five per game.

 

 

USA Today predicts defensive end Jeremy Thompson to go in the fourth round of the draft, describing him "as a traditional run-stuffing 4-3 defensive end that did well for himself at the Senior Bowl."

Thompson, 6-5, 264-pound native of Charlotte, N.C., finished his final season at Wake as the team's sack leader with 6.5, as well as sixth on the team with 45 tackles and second on the team with 11 tackles for loss.

During his career, Thompson had 111 tackles (73 solo, 38 assists), 20.5 tackles for loss, and 8.5 sacks. Thompson was one of 10 finalists for the National Sportsmanship Award in 2007, which is given to the college player who best personifies the spirit of sportsmanship.

USA Today describes Kenny Moore as a wide receiver with "versatile talent who might earn (a position) as a returner. [Moore] is a shifty runner who also played running back and is effective on reverses and screens."

Moore, a 6-0, 204-pound receiver also from Charlotte, N.C., set the ACC record for receptions in a single season during his senior year at Wake. Moore had 98 receptions for 1,011 yards, making him just the third player in Wake Forest football history to break the 1,000-yard mark in season receiving yardage. He set a school record and finished second in the ACC with 1,854 all-purpose yards.

John Tereshinski, a 6-3, 240-pound tight end from Athens, GA, and Nick Jarvis, a 6-3, 271-pound long snapper from Lexington, N.C. are also NFL prospects, either as a draft choice or as a highly-sought after free agent.

Tereshinski was Wake Forest's third-leading receiver in 2007 with 28 catches for 355 yards and two touchdowns. He caught the game-tying touchdown that led to the Deacons' overtime win over Maryland. Tereshinski is considered a potential "H" back at the NFL level.

Jarvis was a four-year starter for the Deacons as the long snapper. He was selected to both the Hula Bowl and the East-West Shrine Game following his senior season.

Marion finished his career as Wake Forest's all-time leader in kickoff return yards. He was an honorable mention All-ACC selection as a return specialist in 2007. Marion led the ACC in kickoff return average at 31.3 and was third in the nation in return average.

Stukes had 29 tackles and three tackles for loss as a senior. He led the Deacons with three fumble recoveries.

Brim was a starter in 11 games last season and participated in 644 plays while grading out at 86 percent. He was fourth on the team with 46.5 knockdown blocks.

 

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