Three Deacons Earn All-ACC Honors
Nov. 26, 2012
By Gary Petit, Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@SIDeacons)
GREENSBORO, N.C. - Juniors Michael Campanaro and Nikita Whitlock each earned All-ACC second team honors as announced by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association on Monday. Freshman punter Alexander Kinal also earned honorable mention honors.
Campanaro, a 5-11 wide receiver from Clarksville, Md., had a tremendous season despite missing two and a half games with a broken hand. Campanaro caught 79 passes for 763 yards and six touchdowns. His average of 7.9 catches per game is the second-best average in ACC history behind Torry Holt who had a 8.00 catches per game in 1998 at NC State. Campanaro tied the school-record with three touchdown receptions in the win over Boston College and also tied the ACC record for most catches in a game with 16. He has caught at least one pass in each of the last 22 games he's played.
Whitlock, a Wylie, Texas native, earns second team All-ACC honors for the second-straight season. Like Campanaro, he missed two games due to injury but still finished with 51 tackles and 5.5 tackles for loss. His three sacks also ranked third on the squad.
Kinal made his Demon Deacon debut this season a memorable one. A native of Adelaide, South Australia, Kinal punted an ACC-record 95 times, breaking the old mark of 90 set by Dan DeArmas of Maryland in 1991. He finished with an average of 40.7 yards per punt and downed 28 punts inside the 20, which is the most by a Demon Deacon since 2001.