2018 Season Countdown: #56 Luiji Vilain

2018 Season Countdown: #56 Luiji Vilain

July 11, 2018

Luiji Vilain (image via Hudl)

Name: Luiji Vilain
Height: 6’4″
Weight: 242 lbs.
High school: Alexandria (VA) Episcopal
Position: Defensive end
Class: Redshirt freshman
Jersey number: #18
Last year: I ranked Vilain #30 and said he would be a backup defensive end with 20 tackles and 2 sacks (LINK). He redshirted.
TTB Rating: 90

Kwity Paye was more raw than Vilain coming out of high school, but Paye got the jump when it comes to playing time. Maybe I overrated Vilain, but he dealt with a couple injuries. Michigan thought about burning his redshirt late in the season, but it didn’t happen.

Now that Paye has a year of experience, I have him slotted ahead of Vilain. Will that pecking order continue? It’s tough to say. I still think Vilain will be a good player, and I’ve heard good things coming out of practice. But Michigan did just fine on defense last year with Chase Winovich playing the majority of the snaps, along with Paye and others playing some weakside end. Vilain should strengthen that position, but he won’t pass Winovich. Everybody else is vying for backup snaps.

Prediction: Backup weakside end


  1. messern2
    Comments: 5
    Joined: 3/20/2017
    Jul 11, 2018 at 11:14 AM

    Just a minor correction, he is only a redshirt freshman, not sophomore. Love the flood of countdown posts!

    • Thunder
      Comments: 3849
      Joined: 7/13/2015
      Jul 11, 2018 at 12:21 PM

      Thanks for the correction!

  2. Avatar
    Comments: 1863
    Joined: 1/19/2016
    Jul 11, 2018 at 12:40 PM

    Our D looks to be really good, but with Chase & Gary gone soon, a guy like V showing his potential would be huge for 2019

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