Kenny Willekes

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#79

Experience: 2 years

Height: 6-3

Age: 24

Weight: 264 lbs

College: Michigan State

2021 SEASON

  • Solo
  • SCK
  • FF
  • INT
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Biography

• Winner of the 2019 Burlsworth Trophy, given to the nation's most outstanding player that began his career as a walk-on.

• Attended Kirk Cousins' football camp as a youngster.

• Named the 2018 Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year after leading the conference with 20.5 TFL as a junior.

OFF THE FIELD

• The 5th of 8 children in the family. Younger brother Charles, Jr. also played on the Michigan State football team; older brother Lourens is a national champion trampoline gymnast; sister Holliann is a lawyer, and sister Allison is a concert pianist. Father, Charles, is a heart surgeon.

• Graduated with his bachelor's degree in chemistry in December of 2020.

PRO

• Selected in the 7th round (#225 overall) in 2020, part of a 15-member draft class, the biggest in Vikings history since going to a 7-round draft.

• Placed on the Vikings Reserve/Injured list on 9/2/20.

• Part of a Big Ten draft class that had the 2nd-most players selected in 2019 behind only the SEC.

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