Last season was a rough one on many levels for Wake Forest football, but one of the brightest spots was redshirt freshman Ryan Janvion playing exceptional football for the Deacs. Not only did Janvion start all 12 games at strong safety, he led the team with 95 tackles, made All-ACC HM by the media, and was also named to the All-ACC Academic Team.
He ranked 8th in the ACC with 7.9 tackles per game, twice (@ Vanderbilt and @ Miami) racking up 14 tackles.
The 5-11, 190 pound Janvion came to Wake Forest via Dade Christian School in Country Club, Florida. He played corner and safety in high school and was named First Team All-Dade County as a senior. Janvion finished his career second in career tackles behind former Wake Forest Demon Deacon Daniel Mack. He was also his class salutatorian.
He chose Wake Forest over offers from Vanderbilt, Duke, Virginia, West Virginia and Purdue.
Janvion is expected to be one of the better players on the team again this year, comprising one of the best secondaries in the ACC along with Noel, Johnson and Wooding Jr.
His knack for knowing where the ball is and having the athleticism to get there to make the play is his biggest asset. The intelligence that he demonstrates in picking up offensive signals is also extremely valuable, as he is one of the more vocal guys on defense that we hear at practice.
I expect him to have another excellent season as he continues to learn the game and mature physically. Janvion is one the most exciting parts of the team moving forward, as he has great talent and also three more years to don the Old Gold and Black.