MSU Defense Feature
Spartan players preview MSU's Homecoming game against Indiana Saturday afternoon at Spartan Stadium.
Michigan State held its annual media day Monday afternoon in the Izzo Family Media Center inside Spartan Stadium.
Position-by-position breakdown of the Spartans entering preseason camp.
Spartan Football All-Access takes you inside the Michigan State Football program. This episode includes an inside look of the walk-on to scholarship story of defensive end, Kenny Willekes, a look into the life of Executive Director of Player Personnel, Sheldon White and an depth view to the triple overtime thriller against the Northwestern Wildcats.
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CAREER NOTES: hird-year player earned a scholarship in the spring . . . slated as the Spartans’ starting defensive end . . . has played in 11 career games.
2017 SEASON (SOPHOMORE): Has played in all 10 games this season, including nine starts . . . ranks tied for fourth in the B1G in both tackles for loss (11.5) and tackles for loss per game (1.15), as well as tied for 10th in the conference in both total sacks (5.0) and sacks per game (0.5) . . . ranks second on the team in production points (157) . . . has logged 41 tackles with 8.5 TFLs, 5.0 sacks to go with two fumble recoveries, one forced fumble and one pass break-up in last six games, posting career-high 2.0 sacks against both Michigan and Minnesota . . . leads defensive line and ranks fourth on defense with 58 tackles, while leading overall defense with 11.5 TFLs and 5.0 sacks . . . has posted five or more stops in each of last six games and seven of last eight games . . . accumulated nine stops with one tackle for loss at No. 11 Ohio State . . . posted five total tackles with two tackles for loss, including one sack in win over No. 7 Penn State, adding one pass break-up, posting 17 production points to lead the defensive line and rank third on defense; named to PFF Big Ten Team of the Week . . . accumulated five tackles with 0.5 tackle for loss with one fumble recovery at Northwestern, tallying 16 production points, ranking first on defensive line and second on defense . . . logged seven stops and one QB hurry in Indiana game, being held without at least 0.5 tackle for loss for the first time this season . . . had monster game at Minnesota, logging six tackles, including 2.0 sacks (two for 10 yards) and first fumble recovery of career; registered 31 production points, leading the defense overall, as well as earning Spartan Defensive Player of the Week honors . . . posted career highs in sacks (two for 8 yards for his first two sacks of MSU career) and tackles for loss (three for 11 yards) against No. 7 Michigan, finishing with nine tackles overall . . . tallied two stops, including half a tackle for loss, in Iowa game . . . posted career-high 10 tackles, doubling his previous career total, against Notre Dame, adding half a tackle for loss . . . earned the Spartans’ Defensive Attack Force Player of the Week team award after he recorded three tackles including one tackle for loss against Western Michigan . . . logged two tackles, including one for loss and added one pass break-up and a QB hurry against BGSU.
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.