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Wilkerson to Forego Senior Season to Enter NFL Draft

Named Team’s Defensive MVP in 2010

PHILADELPHIA (1/5/11) – Junior defensive tackle Muhammad Wilkerson (Linden, N.J.) will forego his senior season at Temple University to enter the 2011 National Football League Draft, head coach Steve Addazio announced on Wednesday.

“I’ve spoken to Muhammad and his mother,” Addazio said, “and they feel it’s in his best interest to enter the Draft at this time.  We thank Muhammad for all that he has given to Temple Football during his tenure, and we wish him the best.”

At 6-5, 305 lbs., Wilkerson was the recipient of the team’s defensive most valuable player honor in 2010. A two-time first-team All-MAC honoree, the team captain started all 12 games at tackle.  One of just seven Owls to start every game, he finished third in tackles with 70 and led the Owls with 13.0 TFL and 9.5 sacks. Named to the Outland Trophy Watch List, he earned MAC Defensive Player of the Week accolades twice in 2010.

A social work major, Wilkerson intends to return to Temple to finish his degree.


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“I enjoyed my time at Temple University,” Wilkerson said. “It was a good experience for me.  I’m thankful for the opportunity for a scholarship and for an education.  I promise to come back and get my degree. I’m definitely going to miss my teammates and being a student-athlete at Temple.”

The 2011 NFL Draft is slated for April 28-30 at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.  It will be televised by ESPN and the NFL Network.

The Owls finished the 2010 campaign at 8-4 overall and 5-3 in the Mid-American Conference. Temple returns 43 letterwinners, including 13 starters, to the 2011 roster.