|Kenny Wilkins (image via UMGoBlog)|
Weight: 280 lbs.
High school: Washington (PA) Trinity
Position: Defensive tackle
Class: Redshirt sophomore
Jersey number: #41
Last year: I ranked Wilkins #57 and said he would be the third string SDE. He did not see game action.
Wilkins has had an interesting journey at Michigan so far, and he's only a redshirt sophomore. He was recruited as a defensive end/outside linebacker hybrid, arrived on campus planning to play defensive end, and has now grown into a 280-plus pound defensive tackle. Rumors from practices suggested that Wilkins just didn't show the aggressiveness and work ethic to earn playing time, but putting on 30-40 lbs. in a year or two can do that to a guy sometimes.
This spring the talk was a little more positive, as the light was rumored to have flipped on for Wilkins a little bit. I won't buy it until I see it, but there's an obvious need on the interior of the defensive line for someone to step up. Perhaps Wilkins sees the opportunity for playing time and has decided to make a run at a starting job. Wilkins played both nose tackle and defensive tackle in the spring. I think he's too short on technique and size to play the nose once the season rolls around, but he could be in the mix as a 3-tech. He's probably not in any danger of starting, though.
Prediction: Backup defensive tackle