Named a Freshman All-America by the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA), Rivals.com and CBSSports.com... finished 2011 season tied for the national lead in passes defended with 21 including two interceptions and a school-record 19 pass breakups... finished third on the team with 66 total tackles... made first career start at corner and produced five tackles in the opener at Syracuse (9.1)... broke up one pass and had a career-high kick return of 48 yards against NC State (9.10)... made four tackles and broke up a pass against Gardner-Webb (9.17)... had a season-high six tackles, including his first career tackle for loss, and three passes broken up at Boston College (10.1)... led the Deacs with eight tackles, broke up three passes and recorded his first career interception versus FSU (10.8)... broke up another four passes versus Virginia Tech, adding three tackles (10.15)... had another solid performance at Duke with seven tackles and three pass break-ups (10.22)... made five tackles versus Notre Dame (11.5)... recorded six tackles and broke up one pass at No. 9 Clemson (11.12)... forced his first career fumble to go along with two pass breakups and four tackles vs. Maryland (11.19)... made four tackles and broke up his school record 20th pass of the season vs. Vanderbilt (11.26)... tied for the team-high with seven tackles and made his second career interception in the Music City Bowl (12.30).
Redshirted the season.
A 2010 graduate of Pahokee HS in Pahokee, Fla. ... Named first team all-area by the Palm Beach Post ... First team All-Palm Beach County in Class 2A-2B-1A ... Had 65 tackles, six sacks and four interceptions as a senior ... Returned a blocked field goal for a touchdown in the Muck Bowl against Glades Central ... Played for a Pahokee dynasty that won three straight state titles in 2006, 2007 and 2008 ... Played for Coach Blaze Thompson ... Rivals.com rated Noel as the No. 95 prospect in Florida and the 63rd-best defensive back nationally ... SuperPrep ranked Noel as the No. 72 prospect in the state ... Clocked at 10.5 in the 100m ... Graduate of the same high school as former Deacons Alphonso Smith, D.J. Boldin and Antonio Wilson ... Recruited by Ray McCartney.
Son of Merrill Noel, Sr. and Frantoria Green ... Was raised by his mother and grandmother, Gayle Love ... Born Sept. 10, 1991 ... Chose Wake Forest over offers from Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Louisville, Michigan, Pittsburgh, Tennessee, Vanderbilt and West Virginia ... Name is pronounced "murh-ELL no-ELL".