Arguably the best inside linebacker in the Missouri Valley Football Conference, Wilkinson looks to match his impressive debut performance of a year ago ... He is ranked as the No. 7 inside linebacker in Division I FCS football by Phil Steele's College Football Preview and a preseason All-American by several other publications, including Consensus Draft Services
2009: Started all 11 games at middle linebacker ... Named MVFC Newcomer of the Year, All-MVFC First Team and MSU's Defensive MVP for the season ... Led squad with 113 total tackles, making him the first MSU player since 2004 to hit the century mark ... Had nine or more stops in eight games and double-figure tackles in six contests ... Earned MSU Media Player of the Week honors three times, for a team-high 11 tackles at Arkansas in his Division-I debut (9/5/09), his 13 tackles against Northern Iowa (9/26/09) and an amazing (career high) 20 tackles, including 10 solos, against Illinois State (10/31/09) ... Earned MSU Defensive Player of the Week distinction three times for games against Arkansas, Illinois State and South Dakota State (10/10/09) ... Secured 13 tackles in home win over Indiana State (11/7/09), 12 tackles and three pass break-ups against South Dakota State and 10 stops against North Dakota State (10/24/09) ... Tied for 20th nationally in total tackles per game (10.3) and was third in the MVFC ... Finished fourth on the squad in tackles for loss (five) and led team in pass break-ups (eight) ... Recorded only interception of the season in win over Indiana State ... Averaged 12.0 tackles per game over the last six contests.
Southwest Mississippi CC: Tallied 50 total tackles and 6.5 sacks in 2008 at Southwest Mississippi Community College in Summit, Miss. ... Pushed coach Charles Anthony's Bears that season as one of the top juco pass rushers and tacklers ... He played in the Mississippi Juco All-Star Game in December.
High School: Attended Amite County High in Liberty, Miss., where he was an all-district tight end and linebacker as a senior in 2006 ... Also helped two sprint relay teams qualify for the state meet in track and field.
Personal: Antoine O'Neal Wilkinson was born 2/27/88 in New Orleans, La. ... Son of Mary Wilkinson of Magnolia, Miss. ... Majoring in Sociology with a minor in Criminology ... Has two brothers, DeAraba and Lathomas, and a sister, Janet.