Name: Ken Wilkins
Weight: 262 lbs.
High school: Trinity High School in Washington, PA
Position: Defensive end
Class: Redshirt freshman
Jersey number: #41
Last year: I ranked Wilkins #73 and said he would redshirt. He redshirted.
I don’t understand the official roster on MGoBlue.com, which calls Wilkins a “DT” when he was clearly playing defensive end all spring. He’s playing the same 5-tech position as Ryan Van Bergen, who’s listed as a . . . “DE.” So whatever. Wilkins came in as a 244-pound defensive end last season, but with his need to bulk up combined with all the upperclassman defensive linemen on the roster, he was able to redshirt and put on some weight.
Now up 18 lbs., Wilkins seems to be in line for some playing time this season. Defensive linemen rotate often, and he might be the #3 strongside end on the depth chart. Van Bergen should be the starter, but Jibreel Black can play both SDE and WDE, while walk-on Will Heininger will probably play a little bit at SDE, too. Wilkins will probably see some minutes in the rotation, but based on what I saw in the spring, he’s not quite ready for the primetime just yet.
Prediction: Backup strongside end
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