Wilkins returning to Tigers for 2018 season

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An NFL scout told NFL.com's Chase Goodbread during the season that Wilkins could be a 10-year All-Pro.

Austin Bryant, Clelin Ferrell, Kendall Joseph, and Mark Fields all announced that they would return to school at the Clemson football banquet on Saturday. The 6-foot-4, 300-pound Wilkins posted 55 tackles, 8.5 TFL, 4.5 sacks and four pass breakups this past season. Joseph had 80 tackles this season. Additionally, Clemson was second in fewest yards per play allowed (4.27), and second in passing yards per attempt (5.7).

I'm already penciling Clemson in the Playoff next year and with true freshman, Trevor Lawrence considered the nation's top recruit, he could supplant Kelly Bryant at quarterback and fulfill the trio's goals of winning a second national title in the last three years.

The former Yellow Jacket was named a first-team All-American by the Football Writers Association of America.

The native of Springfield, Mass. will be presented the Willis Award as the top Defensive Lineman in the nation by the Columbus (Ohio) Touchdown Club in February.

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Wilkins finished with 60 tackles, nine tackles for loss and five sacks this past season and was one of the leaders on Clemson's defense. At that time, the new Lombardi Award trophy, crafted by renowned sculptor Edd Hayes, will be unveiled.

Clemson junior DT Christian Wilkins will return to school for the 2018 season.

Bryant, who won a national championship during the 2016-17 season along with teammate and fellow Central alum Adam Choice, will look to help the Tigers avenge a loss to Alabama in the Sugar Bowl.

Wilkins is a two-time Academic All-ACC selection and is expected to be announced to that team once again next month.