Kenny Willekes collects two sacks during Senior Bowl
Kenny Willekes was able to help his draft stock a little bit during Saturday afternoon’s Senior Bowl, being very active on the field.
Willekes, who was playing for the North, notched two sacks on Saturday, helping the North to a 34-17 victory. His first sack came against Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert late in the first quarter. His other sack came in the third quarter, wrapping up Colorado quarterback Steven Montez.
He was also in on a handful of tackles throughout the game and drew a holding call, as well. It wasn’t a bad day for the former B1G Defensive Lineman of the Year.
That didn’t take long💨
Kenny Willekes gets to Justin Herbert!
— PFF Draft (@PFF_College) January 25, 2020
Willekes ended his senior season with 16 tackles for loss and 10.5 sacks, as well as forcing two fumbles. In total, he accounted for 78 stops and 17 quarterback hurries.
Willekes decided to return to Michigan State for his final season after suffering a broken bone in his leg in the Redbox Bowl last year against Oregon. Had the defensive end not suffered the injury, he would’ve likely declared for the NFL Draft following the 2018 campaign.
Michigan State finished the season with a 7-6 record, which included a win over Wake Forest in the Pinstripe Bowl.