Originally posted on One Jet At A Time  |  Last updated 7/21/13
Muhammad Wilkerson, listed at 6’4” 315 Lbs., played 3 seasons of MAC football at Temple University.  During his tenure with the owls, Wilkerson collected 144 tackles, 26 tackles for loss, 17 sacks, 11 pass deflections, and 3 forced fumbles. After high school, but before attending Temple, Wilkerson attended Hargrave Military Academy. After 3 seasons with the Owls, Wilkerson opted to join the 2011 NFL Draft. In the 2011 NFL Draft, Muhammad Wilkerson was selected with the 30th pick in the 1st round, by the New York Jets. During his rookie season, Wilkerson performed as expected, collecting 49 tackles, 9 tackles for loss, 3 sacks, 1 forced fumble, 2 pass deflections, and 1 safety. Wilkerson’s first professional sack came in Week 2 against Jacksonville, which was also his first career safety. Some of Wilkerson’s more notable games in 2011 were against the Jaguars (2 tackles, 1 sack, 1 safety), the Chargers (5 tackles, 1 tackle for loss, 1 pass deflection), and the Eagles (6 tackles, 1 tackle for loss, and 1 forced fumble). In 2012, Wilkerson continued his strong play collecting 69 tackles, 4 tackles for loss, 5 sacks, 3 forced fumbles, 1 fumble recovery, 1 TD, 1 blocked kick, and 4 pass deflections. Wilkerson’s 2012 notable games were against the Dolphins (9 tackles), the Colts (7 tackles, 1 tackle for loss, 1 sack, 1 forced fumble, and 1 pass deflection), the Seahawks (7 tackles, 1 forced fumble, 1 fumble recovery, 1 TD), and the Rams (4 tackles, 1 sack, and 1 forced fumble). Muhammad Wilkerson’s NFL Defensive Statistics: 118 tackles, 13 tackles for loss, 8 sacks, 4 forced fumbles, 1 fumble recovery, 1 TD, 1 kick block, and 6 pass deflections My Take: Here’s a direct quote from Gerard (@GerardEff): “Muhammad Wilkerson could become a force to be reckoned with in the league. He certainly has the potential, and he's already started harnessing it, disrupting offensive backfields with Rex Ryan and the Jets. With a little bit more experience and guidance, he could be a top, Pro-Bowl defensive end for many years to come. He may not be Deacon Jones, but he is definitely making his own name for himself entering only his third year in the NFL with 8 sacks. The sky is truly the limit for the young Temple grad.” Wilkerson is a fighter in the trenches, gripping and clawing for every inch of distance needed to disrupt the play. With the addition of Sheldon Richardson and, of course, Quinton Coples entering his 2nd season, Wilkerson will see less double teams. This will effectively open up more opportunities to be a menace in the backfield. I’m looking to Wilkerson to be the backbone of this very young, but very talented, defensive line.   I believe Muhammad Wilkerson will have 75 tackles, 10 tackles for loss, 6 sacks, 3 forced fumbles, 1 fumble recovery, and 5 pass deflections. Image: Getty Images
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