Posted: 7:09 pm Monday, December 12th, 2011

Pahokee’s Merrill Noel, others bring home FBS all-conference football honors 

By Jeff Greer

Pahokee alum and Wake Forest cornerback Merrill Noel was one of several Palm Beach County football products playing Football Bowl Series (Division I-A) football to take home all-conference awards.

Noel, a redshirt freshman, won the ACC Defensive Rookie of the Year award for his breakout season. Noel led the nation in passes defended.

Here’s the list of other all-conference honorees from Palm Beach County:

ATLANTIC
Jayron Hosley, Virginia Tech, junior, All-ACC second team

BOCA RATON
Brandan Bishop, NC State, junior, All-ACC honorable mention
Antonio Fenelus, Wisconsin, senior, All-Big Ten honorable mention

DWYER
Curt Maggitt, Tennessee, freshman, All-SEC freshman team

JENSEN BEACH
Kevin Fitzpatrick, Tulsa, senior, All-Conference USA first team

JOHN I. LEONARD
Nick Provo, Syracuse, senior, All-Big East first team

LAKE WORTH
Joe Looney, Wake Forest, senior, All-ACC second team

PAHOKEE
Dwight Bentley, Louisiana-Lafayette, senior, All-Sun Belt first team
Merrill Noel, Wake Forest, redshirt freshman, ACC Defensive Rookie of the Year

PALM BEACH CENTRAL
Pat O’Donnell, Cincinnati, junior, All-Big East first team

PALM BEACH LAKES
Johnnie Simon, Western Michigan, sophomore, All-MAC second team

SUNCOAST
Devon Lewis-Buchanan, Louisiana-Lafayette, senior, All-Sun Belt honorable mention