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ESPN's Mel Kiper ranked Wake Forest senior CB Kevin Johnson No. 23 overall on his most recent Big Board.

"A bright spot amid another sour year for Wake, Johnson offers good length at about 6-1," Kiper wrote. "He is a fluid mover with really quick feet, and he has impressive transition speed out of his backpedal. I like his ability as a playmaker, and the ability to shine in different types of coverage. He's not going to deliver the huge hit and is just OK against the run, but he's an effective tackler on receivers in space." Johnson may at first blush appear to be a fast-riser who has overnight established himself as a first-rounder, but he actually began to take on helium over the summer. Among several glowing reports from media sources, TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline wrote that scouts "love[d]" Johnson in August.
Nov 20 - 9:25 PM

An AFC scout told that Wake Forest senior CB Kevin Johnson "had some height and plenty of burst."

"It's not a great year for cornerbacks, but I really like Kevin Johnson," the scout said.'s draft analysts Bucky Brooks, Daniel Jeremiah and Charles Davis wrote that "Johnson continues to emerge as one of the most intriguing talents at the position," especially given that other top prospects at corner, like Marcus Peters and Ifo Ekpre-Olomu have dealt with team turmoil and injuries, respectively. Johnson showed his stuff against Clemson last week with an interception, a fumble recovery and a tackle for loss. "He's a playmaker with excellent cover skills" wrote the analysts.
Nov 12 - 9:37 PM

CBS Sports' Rob Rang wrote that Wake Forest senior CB Kevin Johnson's performance against Clemson on Thursday was "flashy" and "couldn't have come at a better time."

Rang's "couldn't have come at a better time" comment was in reference to how Johnson played well against Clemson on the same day that Washington dismissed top prospect Marcus Peters. Peters' late-season issues can only help other corners on draft boards. But back to Johnson. The senior forced two touchdowns, with a first quarter interception and a fumble recovery after a botched punt record by Clemson. "He's very light on his feet, showing great quickness and fluidity to turn and run with receivers when in man to man coverage, as well as excellent downhill burst back to the ball (as shown on his interception) for zone," Rang noted.
Source: CBS Sports
Nov 9 - 7:09 PM

The Raleigh News & Observer reports that Wake Forest freshman QB John Wolford (head injury) will be back in the starting lineup this week against Boston College.

Wake Forest HC Dave Clawson said Wolford showed no sign of a concussion following last week's 30-7 loss to Syracuse. The true freshman QB, suffered a head injury as he was hit while throwing a pass during the second quarter. After the huge hit, Wolford ended up missing the second half on the bench in street clothes.
Oct 23 - 4:46 PM

Wake Forest reserve redshirt QB Kevin Sousa, who was recently suspended indefinitely for a violation of team rules, was reported to have been arrested on a drunk-driving charge.

"An eye-witness to the incident told Blogger So Dear that late Saturday night, Sousa was seen driving his vehicle onto the upper quad. He entered the quad by removing the black gate between the Kitchin and Poteat dormitories, before driving across the quad to the Subway located on campus. The eye-witness stated, "He was not driving recklessly, rather, he just coasted up on the sidewalk to the Subway and got out. It's not like students were sprinting to get out of the way. Sousa was then chased down by several Wake Forest police officers, before being turned over to the Winston-Salem police," according to SB Nation. Sousa, The former running back turned quarterback,led the Wake Forest offense in the spring game completing 16-of-32 passes for 178 yards and a touchdown, while rushing for 78 yards and one touchdown. Wake Forest will continue to go with John Wolford as their starter with Tyler Cameron backing up Wolford.
Source: SB Nation
Sep 9 - 3:10 PM

Wake Forest has decided to suspended reserve redshirt QB Kevin Sousa for a violation of team rules.

The 6-foot-3, 220 pound Sousa is suspended indefinitely, but at the moment there has been no date set for his return to the program. There could be a possibility, that the Wake Forest prospect may not return at all. Sousa made the switch back to quarterback during spring practice and led the Wake Forest offense in the spring game completing 16-of-32 passes for 178 yards and a touchdown, while rushing for 78 yards and one touchdown. Wake Forest will continue to rely on John Wolford as their starting quarterback, with Tyler Cameron as Wolford's back up.
Sep 8 - 4:57 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline reports that scouts "love" Wake Forest senior CB Kevin Johnson.

In 2013, Johnson finished fifth on the team with 58 tackles and a team-best 12 pass breakups. "Scouts love cornerback Kevin Johnson, grading him as one of the better senior prospects in the country, let alone cornerbacks," the expert wrote. "I’m not so sure as Johnson really struggles making plays with his back to the ball and does to much face-guarding, which will cost him at the next level." Pauline sees Johnson as a Rds. 4-5 prospect. CBS Sports' Derek Stephens wrote earlier this month that Johnson "should be considered among the top half of corner prospects to keep an eye on leading up to the draft."
Aug 23 - 8:41 PM

Wake Forest senior CB Merrill Noel "possesses quickness and natural ability to be a contributor from the slot at the next level," according to CBS Sports' Derek Stephens.

"Possesses quickness and natural ability to be a contributor from the slot at the next level, and a strong senior season could put him in the draft conversation," Stephens wrote. Noel started 11 games at CB before missing the final game of the year due to injury. Last season Noel finished seventh on the team with 53 tackles, including 38 solo stops and 2.5 for loss. As a freshman, the Wake Forest prospect was a consensus Freshman All-American, starting in 13 games with 19 passes defensed and two interceptions. If Noel can play consistent and stay healthy in his final year, it could do wonders for his draft stock.
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 17 - 12:11 PM

CBS Sports' Derek Stephens believes Wake Forest senior CB Kevin Johnson "should be considered among the top half of corner prospects to keep an eye on leading up to the draft."

"Johnson should be considered among the top half of corner prospects to keep an eye on leading up to the draft, and could put himself in the upper tier if he's able to demonstrate better strength and physicality as a senior," Stephens wrote. Over the last two seasons, the 6-foot-0, 175 pound Johnson has been quite productive for Wake Forest with 27 pass break-ups and six interceptions in 24 straight starts. In 2013, Johnson finished fifth on the team with 58 tackles, with 39 solo stops and a team-best 12 pass breakups.
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 17 - 11:50 AM

Wake Forest named true freshman John Wolford as starting QB.

Wolford (6-foot-1, 205 pounds) fended off Tyler Cameron and Kevin Sousa for the job two months after he stepped onto campus. He might have sealed his destiny by outplaying them in Sunday's scrimmage, going 7-for-14 for 122 yards and an interception. The Demon Deacons open against Louisiana-Monroe on Aug. 28. "Not just last night in the scrimmage but consistently through camp, he has executed the offense at the highest level," new coach Dave Clawson said. "He gives us the best opportunity to win football games."
Aug 11 - 9:39 PM

Wake Forest senior nose tackle Johnny Garcia suffered a torn ACL and will miss the 2014 season.

This is the second torn ACL of Garcia's collegiate career, and it likely ends it. The veteran starter's injury occurred during Saturday's practice. Garcia could file a medical waiver to the NCAA requesting a sixth year of eligibility.
Aug 4 - 8:19 PM

Former Wake Forest OLB Aaron Curry, the No. 4 pick in the 2009 draft, will be a graduate assistant at UNC-Charlotte for the 2014 season.

Curry was a part of the Seahawks from 2009 to 2011 and was a journeyman with the Raiders and Giants after. Deemed a "can't miss" prospect by many, Curry was anything but. UNCC is currently an Independent school in the FCS, but will jump to Conference-USA (FBS) in 2015.
Source: UNCC 49ers
Jul 14 - 11:02 AM

Former Wake Forest RB Josh Harris blamed his college coaches for going undrafted last weekend.

Harris appeared to be a star in the making as a freshman in 2010, but his career thereafter was mired by injuries. He was considered a fringe Day 3 prospect heading into the draft, and only Harris himself seemed surprised when his name wasn't called. Harris cited "slanderous remarks" and "false allegations" being fed to the NFL by the WFU coaching staff. Harris tweeted out a text message on Tuesday he had received from former OC Steed Lobotzke, who vouched for the player's character.
May 15 - 10:44 PM

Ravens selected Wake Forest WR Michael Campanaro with the No. 218 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft.

Campanaro (5-foot-9 3/8, 192) set Wake Forest's all-time record for receptions (229) despite missing four games as a senior with a fractured collarbone. He finished his career with a 10.9 YPR average and 14 touchdowns, bringing back a punt for a 15th score. Campanaro will be limited to slot receiver in the pros, but showed excellent athleticism at the Combine with a 4.46 forty, 39-inch vertical, and 10-foot-2 broad jump. Although Campanaro's ceiling is capped, he could certainly make some NFL noise as a third receiver and return option.
May 10 - 5:37 PM

Wake Forest NT Nikita Whitlock, who may switch to FB at the next level, "caught the ball well in rough conditions" at the school's pro day, according to's Gil Brandt.

Whitlock (5-foot-9 3/4, 251 pounds) recorded an amazing 43 bench press at the event, adding 4.82 and 4.86 second forties, a 33-inch vertical jump, a 9-foot broad jump, a 4.34 second short shuttle, and a 6.91 second three-cone. "Whitlock’s pro-day numbers will have NFL teams considering a position change," wrote Brandt. "A team could bring him into training camp and make a fullback out of him. ... He will be an interesting experiment for a team signing him as a priority free agent following the 2014 NFL Draft." The Patriots, for one, have already worked out Whitlock as a FB. He could also be auditioned as a LB.
Mar 24 - 10:28 PM

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