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Personnel Preview: Wake Forest Defense

Cornerback Merrill Noel leads the nation in PD

A review of Wake Forest's defensive starters and key reserves for Saturday night's matchup with the Irish. The Demon Deacons boast a disruptive 260-pound nose guard and the nation's leader in passes defended in their secondary.

Only one player, backup cornerback A.J. Marshall, has not received the developmental benefit of a redshirt-season among Wake Forest's two-deep defense (22 players). Front Seven The Demon Deacons rush defense ranks 49th nationally, allowing 3.94 yards per carry and 13 rushing scores. The Irish rush defense ranks 62nd (4 rushing scores) though Notre Dame has played more run-heavy foes than has...

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