Derek Wilkins - Cal
Derek Wilkins '21 has combined for 76 tackles, 16.0 tackles for loss, 7.0 sacks (-48 yards), four quarterback hurries, two passes defended, four forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and three blocked punts in 22 career contests over the last three seasons before his 2020 campaign was cancelled/postponed due to COVID-19. Headed into his senior campaign ranked as the No. 32 overall player in California according to 247Sports. Exploded onto the scene as a 2019 junior when he earned first-team All-Southern Section, All-County and All-Trinity League recognition as well as Team MVP honors after playing 11 games and recording 54 tackles, 15.0 tackles for loss, 7.0 sacks (-48 yards), four forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, two passes deflected, one quarterback hurry and three blocked punts for a team that reached the first round of the Southern Section Division 2 playoffs. A career-high all six of his tackles in a victory over Mayfair as a senior were for a loss. Played in nine games as a 2018 sophomore and contributed 21 tackles, 1.0 tackle for loss, two quarterback hurries and one blocked punt. Has worn three different numbers in his first three seasons as a prep, starting with No. 6 as a freshman then moving to No. 89 during his sophomore campaign and No. 53 as a junior.
2021: Played in three games all off the bench and all coming over the final four contests of the season and finished with two tackles. Had his Cal debut at Arizona with 2 tackles. Participated against Stanford and USC. No. 46 National Freshman Defensive Lineman (Phil Steele)