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Wilkins named most freakish athlete in college football

Clemson defensive tackle Christian Wilkins is considered college football’s most freakish athlete, according to NFL.com’s Chase Goodbread.

The NFL writer says Wilkins’ athleticism is difficult to fathom.

The junior of course has been known for his athletic ability since he stepped foot at Clemson in the winter of 2015. At 6-foot-4, 310 pounds, Wilkins is not like your average run-of-the-mill defensive tackle. He is agile, flexible, quick and strong.

Wilkins uses all of his abilities to his advantage on the football field as well. He has played both defensive tackle and defensive end, and has been productive at both. In 2015, as a reserve defensive tackle, he had 84 tackles, including 4.5 tackles for loss, two sacks and 12 quarterback pressures. He also displayed his athleticism when he caught a 31-yard pass on a fake punt in the Tigers’ Orange Bowl win over Oklahoma.

In 2016, he caught a touchdown pass, blocked during goal line situations and ran for a first down on another fake punt. Due to an injury to defensive end Austin Bryant in training camp, Wilkins moved to outside where he became an All-American after recording 56 tackles, 13 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks and 20 quarterback pressures.

According to Goodbread, Wilkins has been clocked at 4.80 in the 40-yard dash with a 10-yard split time of 1.62.

“That is ridiculously fast for a player his size,” Goodbread wrote.

The NFL writer also said Wilkins has a broad jump of 9 feet.

Wilkins is not the only Clemson player on Goodbread’s list. He also list fellow defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence No. 14. Clemson and Alabama are the only two schools with two players on the list.

Lawrence busted onto the scene last fall for the Tigers as he wowed his opponents with his rare skill of power, agility and quickness at the nose tackle position. As a true freshman, he tallied 79 tackles, including 9.5 tackles for loss and 7 sacks, both Clemson records for a freshman defensive tackle.

“Lawrence looked like a seasoned senior in dominating ACC offensive lines as a true freshman,” Goodbread wrote.

The ACC’s Defensive Rookie of the Year has been clocked by Clemson coaches with a 4.9 time in the 40.

“But speed isn’t his game, power is, and his weight-room power is incredible for a player who has at least two years of college left to play,” writes Goodbread.

At 6-foot-5, 340 pounds, Lawrence is already repping 225 pounds on the bench press 31 times. He can squat 550 pounds and he cleans 350.

Clemson will begin fall training camp on Aug. 4. Wilkins will speak with the ACC media at ACC Football Kickoff in Charlotte, N.C., which will run July 12-14 in Charlotte, N.C.

 

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