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Muhammad Wilkerson

Muhammad Wilkerson
Muhammad Wilkerson signing autographs at the NY Jets Draft Party in the locker room of MetLife Stadium on April 25, 2013.
No. 96 New York Jets
Position: Defensive end
Personal information
Date of birth: (1989-10-22) October 22, 1989
Place of birth: Linden, New Jersey
Height: 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight: 315 lb (143 kg)
Career information
High school: Linden (NJ)
College: Temple
NFL draft: 2011 / Round: 1 / Pick: 30
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career Active statistics as of Week 7, 2015
Tackles: 261
Sacks: 29.5
Forced Fumbles: 8
Passes Deflections: 17
Safety: 1
Interceptions: 1
Stats at

Muhammad Wilkerson (born October 22, 1989) is an American football defensive end for the New York Jets of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Temple, and was drafted by the Jets in the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft.

Early years

Wilkerson attended Linden High School in his hometown of Linden, New Jersey. He recorded 78 tackles, five sacks, one forced fumble along with one fumble recovery in his senior season.[1] He was named to the All-Wachtung Conference first-team in his junior season.[1] He was selected to the Home News Tribune all-area first-team and Newark Star Ledger all-Union County second-team.[1] He also helped lead Linden to state titles during his junior and senior years in basketball.[2]

Name Home town High school / college Height Weight 40 Commit date
Muhammad Wilkerson
Defensive tackle
Linden, New Jersey Linden High School 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 255 lb (116 kg) -- Feb 5, 2007 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:2/5 stars   247Sports: N/A
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: NR (DE)   Rivals: NR (DE), NR (NJ)
  • ‡ Refers to 40 yard dash
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height, weight and 40 time.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.


College career

After high school, Wilkerson spent a year at Hargrave Military Academy. He subsequently enrolled at Temple University, where he played for the Temple Owls football team.[2] As a freshman at Temple in 2008, Wilkerson played in 11 games and recorded 13 tackles and a sack. As a sophomore in 2009 he started all 13 games and recorded 58 tackles and six sacks.

As a junior in 2010 Wilkerson recorded 68 tackles and 10 sacks.[3] Following his junior season, he was named to the first-team All-MAC selection and the team defensive MVP.[2]

Professional career


Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP Wonderlic
6 ft 4 in 315 lb 35¼ in 10 in 4.96 s 1.73 s 2.78 s 4.59 s 7.31 s 26 in 8 ft 10 in 27 reps N/A
All values from NFL Combine.[4][5]

Wilkerson was initially what analysts termed "a sleeper selection"; however, following positive results at the NFL Combine and at Temple's Pro Day session, Wilkerson's draft stock rose significantly.[6] He became regarded as a versatile prospect whom NFL Network Analyst Mike Mayock compared to Trevor Pryce, concluding that Wilkerson was a first round prospect.[6][7][8]

New York Jets

Wilkerson was drafted by the New York Jets with the thirtieth overall selection in the 2011 NFL Draft.[9] He was the fourth Temple player to be drafted by the Jets, preceded by Mike Stromberg, Joe Klecko and Dave Yovanovits.[10] He also became the Owls' highest draft pick since Paul Palmer, who was selected nineteenth overall in the 1987 NFL Draft.[11] Head coach Rex Ryan reiterated Wilkerson possesses similar attributes to Trevor Pryce.[10] Wilkerson signed a four-year, $7.4 million contract on July 31, 2011.[12]


During the third preseason game against the New York Giants, Wilkerson got into a fight with running back Brandon Jacobs, resulting in both players getting ejected. Wilkerson recorded his first career sack on September 18, 2011, sacking Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Luke McCown in the end zone for a safety.[13] Wilkerson started all 16 games in 2011 making 49 tackles with 3 sacks, 2 passes defended, 1 forced fumble, and 1 safety enforced.


During a game against the Seattle Seahawks on November 11, 2012, Wilkerson scooped up a fumble lost by Russell Wilson and returned it for a touchdown. The Jets lost the game 7-28, however. In 16 games (15 starts) of 2012, Wilkerson made 69 tackles with 5 sacks, 4 passes defended, 3 forced fumbles, and 1 fumble recovery returned for a touchdown.


Wilkerson finished the 2013 season with a combined 63 tackles, 10.5 sacks, 2 FF, and an int. For his outstanding play, he was selected to his first All-Pro team.


During a game against the Green Bay Packers on September 14, 2014, Wilkerson was disqualified for the first time in a regular season game for getting into a scuffle with several Packers players following their go-ahead touchdown.[14] On September 20, 2014, Wilkerson was fined $20,000 by the NFL for his role in the brawl.[15]

Season Stats

2011 NYJ 16 49 35 14 3.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 9 16 0
2012 NYJ 16 69 36 33 5.0 3 1 21 0 0 0 0 0 4 4 10 1
2013 NYJ 16 63 43 20 10.5 2 0 0 1 6 6 6 0 3 6 14 0
2014 NYJ 13 55 31 24 5.5 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 11 23 0


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  14. ^ Jets' Muhammad Wilkerson ejected for taking swings
  15. ^ Fines roundup: Muhammad Wilkerson docked $20K for fight
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External links

  • Career statistics and player information from • ESPN • Pro-Football-Reference
  • Official website
  • New York Jets bio
  • Temple Owls bio
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