09/06/2013 - Scouting the Wake Forest pass defense: CB Merrill Noel and S Kevin Johnson both are willing to be leaders and that could bode well for a unit that was torched on a regular basis in 2012. Linebackers were active in dropping into coverage in the opener and that might be a benefit for this unit, which will receive much stiffer tests as the season moves along. - The Sports Xchange
08/11/2013 - TOP WAKE FOREST PROSPECTS FOR THE 2014 NFL DRAFT: 2. CB Merrill Noel (5-10, 180, 4.53)*...After a consensus Freshman All-American season in 2011, Noel's sophomore year didn't quite go according to plan as he struggled to match his gaudy first-year production. As a freshman, he finished with 66 tackles, 21 passes defended and two interceptions. As a sophomore, those numbers dipped to 33 tackles, three passes defended and no interceptions. Noel only started seven games last season, missing several due to suspension and injuries. He served a one-game suspension for a "violation of athletics department policy," and several sources have reported that a positive drug test was the cause.
On the field, Noel is an athletic corner who plays confident and isn't afraid to take chances going after the ball. He has smooth hips and fluid footwork to turn and run downfield, doing a nice job reading the receiver to know when to get his head turned and find the ball. Noel needs to tighten his technique and play with better balance and pad level off the snap, struggling when he decides to freelance and let his athleticism trump the fundamentals of the position. If he can rebound in 2013 and show some of the promise that he displayed as a freshman, Noel can be one of the better defensive backs in the conference. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
10/25/2012 - The Demon Deacons have held their last two opponents to less than 60 yards rushing. The stinginess on defense is something that the Demon Deacons expected could be one of the defining elements to its team. Clemson is the next opponent and the Tigers are averaging 191.7 yards per game on the ground. - The Sports Xchange
10/05/2012 - Wake Forest has suspended six football players, including four starters and the team's second-leading rusher, for its game Saturday at Maryland over a violation of team rules. Coach Jim Grobe says cornerback Merrill Noel, safety Daniel Mack, linebacker Mike Olson, guard Frank Souza, running back Deandre Martin and receiver Airyn Willis will be eligible to be reinstated for the team's next game at Virginia on Oct. 20. Noel, Mack, Olson and Souza are listed as starters on the team's depth chart. Olson is the team's leading tackler and Martin has 279 yards rushing. Details of the violations were not given in Friday's announcement. Grobe says: ''I'm disappointed that some of our kids made poor decisions. These are good kids who just need to learn from their mistakes.'' - AP Sports