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Kenny Willekes
Kenny  Willekes

Class:
Sophomore

Hometown:
Rockford, Mich.

High School:
NorthPointe Christian

Height / Weight:
6-4 / 239

Position:
DE

Experience:
SQ


08/04/2016

2016 Season Outlook

Position-by-position breakdown of the Spartans entering preseason camp.

Second-year walk-on will compete for playing time at defensive end . . . moved from linebacker to defensive end during spring practice.

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 . . . mechanical engineering major.

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