Kenny Willekes was one of the best defensive linemen in all of college football this season. Unfortunately, his season ended with a serious injury in Michigan State’s Redbox Bowl loss.
The Spartans handled their business defensively, holding Oregon and quarterback Justin Herbert to seven points. However, the Ducks held Michigan State’s offense to just two field goals in pulling out a 7-6 win.
Willekes had another strong performance in the contest but was forced to leave the game in the second half due to a leg injury. Following the game, head coach Mark Dantonio announced Willekes suffered a broken fibula:
Kenny Willekes broke his left fibula, per Mark Dantonio. "But he'll heal. Kind of season we've had in that respect."
— Chris Solari (@chrissolari) December 31, 2018
The injury likely makes Willekes’ decision for 2019 even tougher. He could enter the NFL Draft after recording 20.5 TFL and eight sacks. Then again, his best bet could be to return to school with hopes of entering the draft fully healthy.