Wake Forest junior linebacker Jon Abbate has signed with an agent and will enter the NFL draft.
Abbate, 5-foot-11, 245 pounds, led the Demon Deacons with 120 tackles, including six for loss and three sacks.
"I've wanted to reach this dream of playing in the NFL since I was a little kid," Abbate said Saturday. "The hardest part will not playing alongside my best friends."
Abbate is one of only three players in ACC history to lead his team in tackles for three straight seasons.
University of Maryland secondary coach Tim Banks has left the Terrapins to become the defensive coordinator at Central Michigan University, the Mid-American Conference school announced today.
A 1995 graduate of CMU, Banks returns to his alma mater after four seasons with the Terps. Banks coached the Terrapins' secondary in 2006 after spending his first three seasons with the inside linebackers. Under his guidance, linebacker D'Qwell Jackson was a two-time first-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference selection (2004-05), ACC Defensive Player of the Year (2005) and a Bednarik Award finalist (2005). This past season senior cornerback Josh Wilson earned honorable mention All-ACC honors.
Georgia Tech running back Tashard Choice was named to ESPN.com's "All-Bowl Team" after rushing for a career-high 169 yards against 12th-ranked West Virginia in the Toyota Gator Bowl.
Choice, a rising senior from Riverdale, Ga., gained his yards against a Mountaineer team that was allowing less than 90 yards rushing per game. He scored two touchdowns on runs of three and five yards and added four receptions for 32 yards for a total of 201 all-purpose yards, also a career-best.