Third-year player earned a scholarship in the spring . . . saw time with the first-team defense at defensive end during the spring game and tied for the team lead with eight tackles . . . will contend for a starting position at defensive end.
2016 SEASON (REDSHIRT FRESHMAN): Made his collegiate debut vs. Rutgers in his only appearance of the season . . . played four snaps against the Scarlet Knights and recorded a pass break-up . . . named Scout Team Defensive Player of the Week vs. Notre Dame.
2015 SEASON: Redshirted . . . led all players by being selected Scout Team Player of the Week six times . . . named Scout Team Special Teams Player of the Week four times (vs. Air Force, Maryland, Ohio State, Penn State) . . . also chosen Scout Team Offensive Player of the Week vs. Purdue and Scout Team Defensive Player of the Week vs. Indiana.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Finished his high school career with 423 tackles . . . also had nine fumble recoveries, including two for touchdowns . . . three-time first-team all-conference selection . . . named to the 2014 Michigan Associated Press Division 5-6 all-state first team as a linebacker . . . also named to the Grand Rapids Press Dream Team . . . honorable mention all-state pick in Division 6 by the Detroit Free Press as a running back . . . also an honorable mention all-state choice in Division 5-6 by The Detroit News as a linebacker . . . team MVP helped lead the Mustangs to an 11-2 record in 2014 and their deepest run in program history with a trip to the Division 6 semifinals . . . finished his senior season with 162 tackles, including 6.5 sacks . . . in his first season as a running back in 2014, collected more than 1,400 rushing yards with 14 TDs . . . ran for 185 yards and two touchdowns on just 14 carries and also compiled 18 tackles in a win over Wyoming Kelloggsville on Oct. 24 in the regular-season finale . . . finished with a game-high 113 rushing yards on 18 carries in a 27-0 win over Calvin Christian on Sept. 12 . . . named to the 2013 Michigan AP Division 5-6 all-state team as a junior (honorable mention) . . . helped lead Grand Rapids Catholic Central to the Division 1 rugby championship in 2014; scored the game-winning try and was named the championship game's most valuable player . . . son of Charles and Jane Willekes . . . born July 22, 1997 . . . chemistry major.