Michigan State’s defensive line is going to be incredibly talented again in 2019, thanks to a huge announcement on Tuesday evening.
Kenny Willekes, the B1G Defensive Lineman of the Year for the 2018 season, announced via Twitter that he’ll be returning to East Lansing for his senior season. He was seriously considering making a move to the NFL Draft.
“After much discussion with my family, coaches, and close friends I have decided this is not the way I want to end my career at Michigan State,” Willekes wrote. “I will be returning to Michigan State for my senior year to pursue the goal of returning to the Big Ten Championship with my brothers. 2019 will be a special year.”
— Kendrick4️⃣8️⃣ (@kennyw97) January 9, 2019
Willekes led the B1G in tackles for loss this season, registering 20.5. He also totaled 78 stops and 8.5 sacks for the year. He earned All-American and All-B1G honors this season, as well as winning the B1G Defensive Lineman of the Year Award.
In Michigan State’s Redbox Bowl game against Oregon, Willekes had to be carted off the field during the third quarter after sustaining a leg injury. It was later reported that the defensive lineman suffered a broken fibula
Over the last two seasons, Willekes has totaled 151 tackles, 35 tackles for loss and 15.5 sacks.