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Wake Forest Sends Four To The NFL

Four players from Wake Forest University were selected in the 2012 NFL Draft.

Josh Bush became the fourth Wake Forest player drafted on Saturday when he was selected in the sixth round by the New York Jets. Bush was the 17th player picked in the sixth round and No. 187 overall.

Bush finished among the national leaders in interceptions with six during the 2011 season. He was tied for ninth in the nation and second in the ACC in interceptions. Bush was fifth on the team with 59 tackles and totaled 11 passes defended.

Bush was a first team All-ACC selection and a third team Associated Press All-America pick.

As a sophomore in 2009, Bush picked off NC State's Russell Wilson, ending Wilson's NCAA record streak of 379 consecutive pass attempts without an interception.

Bush is the first Wake Forest player drafted by the Jets organization since the New York Titans selected guard Nick Patella in the 1960 American Football League draft.

Joe Looney, Wake Forest's four-year starter at offensive guard, was picked in the fourth round of the NFL Draft by the San Francisco 49ers. Looney was the 22nd player picked in the fourth round and the 117th overall player selected.

Looney, a second team All-ACC selection as a senior, was Wake Forest's highest-rated offensive lineman in 2011, grading out at 86 percent for the season. He also led the Deacons with 79.5 knockdown blocks. Looney started 41 games during his Wake Forest career and totaled 228.5 knockdown blocks.

Wake Forest outside linebacker Kyle Wilber was selected in the fourth round of the NFL Draft by the Dallas Cowboys. Wilber was the 18th player selected in the fourth round and the 113th player selected overall.

Wilber was Wake Forest's second-leading tackler in 2011 with 70 total tackles including 48 solo stops. He tied for the team lead with 3.5 sacks and was second on the club with 11.5 tackles for loss. In 43 career games, Wilber recorded 195 tackles, 13.5 sacks and 35.5 tackles for loss. He also forced six fumbles and blocked four kicks.

Wilber was a third team All-ACC selection by Phil Steele in 2011. Wilber collected a career-high 13 tackles vs. Clemson last fall and was named the ACC Linebacker of the Week after recording seven tackles vs. N.C. State.

Wake Forest wide receiver Chris Givens was selected by the St. Louis Rams with the first pick of the fourth round in Saturday's NFL Draft.

Givens was a first team all-ACC selection in 2011 as he set Wake Forest's season record for receiving yards with 1,330 yards. The junior caught 83 passes and scored nine touchdowns. For his three-year career as a Demon Deacon, Givens had 163 receptions for 2,473 yards and 21 touchdowns. He added 45 career rushing attempts for 238 yards and two touchdowns. Givens finished his career with 24 touchdowns.

He is just the second Wake Forest player to make an early entry into the NFL. Linebacker Jon Abbate was an early entry candidate following the 2006 season.


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