|18||Bears||W 31 - 17||3||2||1||2||0||1||0|
|17||@Packers||L 10 - 37||5||2||2||0||0||0||0|
|13||@Lions||L 27 - 29||2||0||1||0||0||0||0|
|14||Steelers||W 36 - 28||1||1||0||0||0||0||0|
|8||Cowboys||L 16 - 20|
|9||@Ravens||L 31 - 34||7||4||3||0.5||0||0||0|
• 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.
• 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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