Wake Forest senior nose tackle Nikita Whitlock has been named one of 16 semifinalists for the Chuck Bednarik Award given annually to the outstanding defensive player of the year in college football.
Whitlock, a 5-11, 250-pound senior, has 52 tackles this season and leads the team with 13.5 tackles for loss and seven sacks. His 13.5 tackles for loss is tied for the third-most in the Football Bowl Subdivision. Whitlock is seventh in the country in TFL per game with 1.7. His seven sacks are the 11th-most in the country.
Whitlock is joined on the list of semifinalists by four other ACC players including defensive end Vic Beasley of Clemson, Pittsburgh defensive tackle Aaron Donald, Virginia Tech cornerback Kyle Fuller and Florida State corner Lamarcus Joyner.
The winners of the 77th Maxwell Award and the 19th Chuck Bednarik Award will be announced as part of the Home Depot College Football Awards Show, broadcast on ESPN on Dec 12.
N.C. State: N.C. State baseball will host three public scrimmages on Oct. 31, Nov. 1, and Nov. 3 to wrap up fall practice. Fans are welcome to attend on all three days free of charge.
The Wolfpacks three-day event begins with Halloween batting practice from 3:30 to 4:30 on Oct. 31 at Doak Field at Dail Park. Players will take batting practice in costume prior to an intrasquad scrimmage beginning at 5:15 p.m.
The Wolfpack returns to the field on Friday, Nov. 1 for a night game at the Doak following the homecoming parade and pep rally. State will host an intrasquad scrimmage beginning at 8:07 p.m.
The Wolfpack concludes the weekend with Carlos Rodon taking the hill on Nov. 2 for a 2 p.m. scrimmage at Doak Field. A short autograph session will follow Sundays scrimmage.
All three scrimmages will be six or seven innings, depending on pitcher availability.