35 Gary Wilkins
35 Gary Wilkins
Height: 6-2
Weight: 236
Year: R-Sr.
Hometown: Covington, Ga.
High School: Alcovy
Position: DE

2013 — Coaches preseason All-SoCon second team selection as a defensive lineman.  2012 — Earned starts at weak side linebacker in all 11 games and paced Furman with 92 tackles...opened the season with 10-tackle and 12-tackle performances against Samford and Coastal Carolina, respectively...credited with a season high 13 tackles versus Chattanooga...notched 10 tackles, two sacks, and a forced fumble versus Elon (31-17 win)...performance against the Phoenix highlighted Furman’s seven-sack effort (fourth highest single game tally in school history)...tallied nine tackles, a pass deflection, and a fumble recovery in the end zone against Appalachian State.  2011 — Named to the SoCon All-Freshman Team...played in all 11 games and earned starts in four contests at weak side linebacker...first start came against Georgia Southern...the next week garnered a season high 13 tackles in a 26-21 victory over FCS fifth-ranked Wofford...also registered starts against both Chattanooga (14-7 win) and third-ranked Appalachian State (20-10 win)...credited with a blocked punt in season opener versus Coastal Carolina.  2010 — Member of scout team...awarded redshirt and extra year of eligibility.

High School:  2010 graduate of Alcovy (4A) High School...coach was Kirk Hoffman...played linebacker, tight end, and wide receiver...four-year starter...compiled 180 tackles, including 20 for loss and eight sacks, five interceptions, three blocked punts, three fumble recoveries during his career...served as team captain and earned all-region and all-county honors in 2009 after totaling 80 tackles, six sacks, four interceptions, three blocked punts...strong play helped key Alcovy to first playoff appearance in school history...had game winning interception against rival Eastside...registered 15 tackles and a blocked punt against North Clayton...also starred in basketball and track & field...holds Alcovy’s high jump record...finished sixth in the high jump at the 2009 state championships.

Personal: Full name is Gary Clifton Wilkins, Jr....born February 2, 1992, in Decatur, Georgia...son of Gary and Beatrice Wilkins...father played football at Georgia Tech and spent six years in the NFL as a tight end with the Buffalo Bills and Atlanta Falcons...sister, Loren, plays basketball at Palm Beach Atlantic...has two cousins who played collegiate football: Walter Lunsford as a defensive lineman at the University of Minnesota-Crookston, and Joshua Wilkins as a cornerback at Fayetteville State University...three other cousins played collegiate basketball: Donnie McLendon, a 1,000-point scorer at The Citadel; younger brother, Warren McClendon, also at The Citadel; and sister Natalie McClendon played basketball at Samford...communications major.