#42 Christian Wilkins

Springfield, Mass.
High School:
Suffield (Conn.) Academy

One of the nation’s most versatile defensive linemen, having started at end as a sophomore after playing tackle his first season; played mostly at defensive tackle in 2017 … entered 2018 with 193 tackles, 26 tackles for loss, 10 sacks, 43 quarterback pressures, 14 pass breakups, a caused fumble and two recovered fumbles in 1,827 snaps over 44 games (30 starts) … three-time All-American … three-time All-ACC selection … Lott IMPACT Trophy Watch List member in the preseason … preseason first-team All-American by Athlon, Phil Steele, Sporting News and Street & Smith … preseason second-team All-American by Lindy’s … No. 3 player in the nation in the preseason by Sports Illustrated and No. 13 player by … No. 3 defensive tackle in the nation in the preseason by Lindy’s … preseason first-team All-ACC by Athlon.

2018: First William V. Campbell Trophy winner in Clemson history … NFF National Scholar-Athlete selection … Nagurski Trophy finalist … Senior CLASS Award finalist … Outland Trophy finalist … Bednarik Award finalist … Lott IMPACT Trophy finalist … Lombardi Award finalist … unanimous first-team All-American, earning selections by AP, AFCA, FWAA, Walter Camp and Sporting News …  fifth unanimous All-American in school history, joining Gaines Adams, Da’Quan Bowers, Terry Kinard and C.J. Spiller … fourth player in school history to earn first-team All-America status in three different seasons, joining middle guard William Perry (1982-84), LB Anthony Simmons (1995-97) and WR Sammy Watkins (2011-13) … first-team All-ACC … unanimous first-team AP All-ACC selection … CoSIDA Academic All-District selection … voted as a permanent team captain … credited with 57 tackles (15.0 for loss), 6.0 sacks, two pass breakups, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and two rushing touchdowns in 621 combined offensive and defensive snaps over 15 games (all starts) … opened season with six tackles, including a sack, vs. Furman, earning team defensive player of the week honors … posted four tackles, including one for loss, at Texas A&M … made two tackles in 18 snaps vs. Georgia Southern … split team defensive player of the week honors against Georgia Tech with five tackles, including two for loss with one sack … contributed two tackles, including one for loss, vs. Syracuse … added four tackles at Wake Forest … made one tackle vs. No. 16 NC State … named team defensive player of the game at Florida State, making three tackles (one for loss) and also scoring on a one-yard touchdown run to become the first Clemson defensive lineman to rush for a touchdown since the advent of the two-platoon system … Posted eight tackles, including three tackles for loss (0.5 sacks) to collect co-defensive player of the game honors in addition to blocking an extra point vs. Louisville … earned first career ACC Defensive Lineman of the Week award after posting five tackles (one for loss) at No. 17 Boston College … posted six tackles, including 1.5 for loss with one sack, vs. Duke … made two tackles including a sack and added his second rushing touchdown of the year vs. South Carolina … recorded four tackles (0.5 for loss) and returned a fumble inside the five-yard line to set up a one-play scoring drive against Pitt … added one tackle (including a half-sack) and passed fullback Chad Diehl (57) for the most career games played in school history as Clemson held No. 3 Notre Dame to three points in the Cotton Bowl … posted four tackles (1.0 for loss, including a half-sack) vs. No. 1 Alabama in the National Championship Game.

2017: Winner of the Willis Award … one of 20 quarterfinalists for the Lott IMPACT Trophy … first-team All-American by AFCA, Rivals and Sporting News … second-team All-American by AP, CBS Sports and Walter Camp … third-team All-American by Sports on Earth … First-Team All-ACC selection … first-team All-ACC by AP … second-team All-ACC by Phil Steele … CoSIDA Academic All-District selection … All-ACC Academic selection … permanent team co-captain … had 53 tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks, 11 quarterback pressures and four pass breakups in 668 snaps over 14 games (14 starts) … had five tackles, two tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks in 62 snaps against No. 13 Auburn on Sept. 9 … had a sack in 44 snaps at No. 14 Louisville on Sept. 16 … had four tackles and two quarterback pressures in 45 snaps against Boston College on Sept. 23; named team co-defensive player-of-the-game … had three tackles and two quarterback pressures in 47 snaps at No. 12 Virginia Tech on Sept. 30 … had three tackles and two quarterback pressures in 45 snaps against Wake Forest on Oct. 7 … had three tackles and 0.5 sacks in 79 snaps at Syracuse on Oct. 13 … had five tackles and a tackle for loss in 35 snaps against Georgia Tech on Oct. 28; named team co-defensive player-of-the-game … had five tackles and a pass breakup in 76 snaps at No. 20 NC State on Nov. 4 … had seven tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss and a sack in 53 snaps against Florida State on Nov. 11; named team co-defensive player-of-the-game … had two tackles, two quarterback pressures and a pass breakup in 38 snaps at South Carolina on Nov. 25 … had a team-tying-high seven tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss, 0.5 sacks and two pass breakups in 31 snaps against No. 7 Miami (Fla.) in the ACC Championship Game on Dec. 2 … had six tackles in 66 snaps against No. 4 Alabama in the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 1.

2016: Nagurski Trophy finalist … Bednarik Award semifinalist … first-team All-American by AFCA, Football Writers Association and Phil Steele … second-team All-American by SB Nation, Sporting News, USA Today and Walter Camp … third-team All-American by the Associated Press … second-team All-ACC (media, coaches) … All-ACC Academic Team selection … posted 56 tackles, 13 for loss and 3.5 sacks in 706 snaps over 15 games (15 starts) … also had 20 quarterback pressures … established Clemson record by a defensive end with 10 passes broken up … started in place of Austin Bryant at Auburn and responded with 2.5 tackles for loss, a sack and a pass breakup … defensive player of the game by the coaches … had six tackles and two pass breakups against Troy, while recording a touchdown reception out of the Tigers’ jumbo package … first defensive lineman in Clemson history to score a touchdown out of an offensive formation … had three-yard sack against SC State … posted tackle for loss at Georgia Tech and was big reason the Tigers held Yellow Jackets to just 124 total yards … posted a tackle for loss and pass breakup in win over No. 3 Louisville … returned successfully to his home state in the 56-10 win at Boston College; he tallied eight tackles, including two for loss and a sack, in front of over 100 family and friends … blocked a field goal and converted a fake punt for a first down with a 10-yard rush in win over NC State … had 1.5 tackles for loss at Florida State … had a tackle for loss in 39 snaps at Wake Forest … had two pass breakups in win over South Carolina … had a tackle for loss and recovered fumble against Ohio State in the Fiesta Bowl … posted two pass breakups and three pressures against Alabama in the National Championship Game.

2015: First-team freshman All-American by, Football Writers Association, and Sporting News … All-ACC Academic Team selection … had 84 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss and two sacks in 453 snaps over 15 games (one start) … had 12 quarterback pressures and a caused fumble … posted six tackles (one for loss) in his debut against Wofford … his eight tackles included one behind the line of scrimmage against Appalachian State … had 10 tackles at Louisville … had five tackles, a sack and caused fumble in win over No. 6 Notre Dame … had seven tackles and three pressures against Georgia Tech … had seven tackles, including 0.5 for loss against Boston College … had eight stops in win over Florida State … notched second career sack against Wake Forest … posted two stops and a pressure against North Carolina … made a splash in the Capital One Orange Bowl by becoming Clemson’s first defensive lineman in history to catch a pass when he hauled in a 31-yard reception on a fake punt to give the Tigers a spark in the opening half … finished with 10 tackles against the Sooners in just 35 snaps.

Before Clemson: No. 21 player and No. 4 defensive tackle in the nation and No. 1 player in Connecticut by … No. 24 player and No. 6 defensive tackle in the nation and No. 1 player in Connecticut by (seventh-best signee entering the ACC) … No. 32 player and No. 6 defensive tackle in the nation and No. 1 player in Connecticut by ESPN … No. 39 player and No. 6 defensive tackle in the nation and No. 2 player in Connecticut by … had 253 tackles, 69.5 tackles for loss, 28.5 sacks and six recovered fumbles in 35 career games … had 71 tackles, 22 tackles for loss, eight sacks and four caused fumbles as a senior … had 57 tackles and 20 tackles for loss as a junior … had 12 receptions for 209 yards and two touchdowns as a sophomore … four-year letterman in basketball who averaged 19.9 points and 11.8 rebounds per game as a junior … recruited by Dan Brooks and Brent Venables … coached by Andrew Gamere.

Personal: Graduated Dec. 21, 2017 with a degree in communication in only two-and-a-half years; became the first scholarship Tiger football player to graduate in two-and-a-half years … born Dec. 20, 1995.