*2005 All-America (third team) by Rivals.com
*2005 All-Atlantic Coast Conference, second team
*2004 All-Atlantic Coast Conference, second team
*2003 ACC All-Academic
AT TECH: Tech's leading tackler and the top player on the Yellow Jackets' outstanding defensive unit of 2005 . . . Two-time all-conference selection and a third-team all-America as a senior . . . Three-year starter on defense . . . Elected one of Tech's permanent team captains for 2005 . . . Selected to play in the Senior Bowl following his senior season . . . Drafted in the third round (96th overall pick) by the New York Giants.
A standout middle linebacker the last two years after one season starting at defensive end . . . Made the move back to linebacker in the spring of 2004, beginning at outside linebacker before settling in the middle . . . Played outside linebacker as a freshman, then moved to defensive end as a sophomore in 2003 . . Has good quickness, strength, athletic ability and knowledge of the game . . .
Started every game of the 2003-04-05 seasons (37 straight games) . . . Ranks seventh in Tech history in career tackles for loss (38) . . . Career totals also include 253 tackles, 12.5 sacks, three interceptions and six pass breakups.
2005: Third-team all-America selection by Rivals.com . . . Earned second-team all-Atlantic Coast Conference honors for the second straight year . . . Tech's leading tackler for the second year in a row with 85, including nine tackles for loss, four sacks, two interceptions and two pass breakups . . . Top player on a Tech defense that ranked in the Top 25 nationally in total defense (22nd), rushing defense (13th), pass efficiency defense (23rd), scoring defense (23rd), interceptions (6th), turnover margin (T16th) and takeaways (T-16th) . . .
Just two days after the death of his mother, he led an inspired defensive effort in win at No. 3 Miami, helping Tech hold the Hurricanes to 30 yards rushing, 237 total yards and 1-for-14 on third downs . . . Made a critical play in Tech's victory at 15th-ranked Auburn with his fourth-quarter interception that ended the Tigers' scoring threat and set up the game-clinching field goal . . . Had 12 tackles as the Tech defense held Clemson without a touchdown in the Jackets' 10-9 victory . . .
Helped Tech hold Miami to 30 yards rushing, Auburn to 50 yards, NC State to 57 yards, North Carolina to 61 and Georgia to 68 . . . Led a dominating defensive effort against Wake Forest as Tech held the ACC's top rushing team to just 100 yards, including only 24 yards on 15 carries by league leader Chris Barclay . . . Season-high 14 tackles in win over North Carolina . . . Had three tackles for loss against Connecticut and two versus Georgia . . . Had an interception in his final game, the Emerald Bowl in San Francisco, played across the bay from his hometown of Oakland . . . Tabbed to the preseason watch list for the 2005 Chuck Bednarik Award . . . Preseason all-ACC selection by several publications.
2004: Second-team all-Atlantic Coast Conference selection . . . Second in the ACC and 24th in the nation in tackles, averaging 9.9 per game (119 tackles) . . . Third in the ACC with 17 tackles for loss (1.42 pg) . . . Averaged 11.8 tackles and had 13.5 tackles for loss in ACC games . . . Key performer on a Tech defense that ranked 12th in the nation in total defense, 13th in rushing defense and 21st in scoring defense . . . Had six tackles with 2.5 tackles for loss, an 18-yard sack and a pass breakup in Tech's 51-14 victory over Syracuse in the Champs Sports Bowl, helping hold the Orange to 51 yards rushing and 281 total yards.
Had eight tackles with two tackles for loss and one sack in the Jackets' win over NC State, despite playing with a sprained ankle; helped Tech hold the Pack to 57 yards rushing . . . Career-high 18 tackles with 2.5 tackles for loss against No. 18 Virginia . . . Recorded 14 tackles with two tackles for loss, one sack and a forced fumble against No. 22 Virginia Tech . . . Also had 14 tackles, and his first career interception, vs. UNC . . . Had 13 tackles with 1.5 sacks and a pass breakup in Tech's win over Duke, when the Jackets allowed just 184 total yards . . . Had seven tackles with 1.5 tackles for loss against No. 23 Maryland, helping Tech hold the Terps to just seven yards rushing and 81 total yards . . . Added seven tackles with one tackle for loss as Tech held Connecticut to 20 yards rushing
2003: Started every game at defensive end and was named to the ACC All-Academic football team . . . Totalled 12 tackles for loss, four sacks, two pass breakups and two fumble recoveries, along with 47 tackles . . . Had a fumble recovery, a pass breakup and a tackle for loss in Tech's win over 17th-ranked Auburn . . . Made eight tackles with four tackles for loss and two sacks in the season opener at BYU . . . Had two tackles for loss in Tech's outstanding defensive effort against Florida State . . . Had one of the Jackets' six fumble recoveries against Tulsa in the Humanitarian Bowl.
2002: Served as a backup at outside linebacker and a starter on several special teams units . . . Credited with two tackles in 2002 . . . Redshirted in 2001.
HIGH SCHOOL: SuperPreps first-team all-America . . . Rated the No. 7 linebacker in the West Region by Prep Star . . . Second-team all-state and first-team all-city and all-East Bay . . . Made 127 tackles as a senior with six sacks, four forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries . . . Added 85 tackles and eight sacks as a junior . . . Chosen for the CaliFlorida Bowl between the top players in California and Florida . . . Coached by John Beam at Skyline High.
PERSONAL: Gerris Vernard Bowers Wilkinson . . . Son of Greggory Wilkinson, an Atlanta firefighter, and the late Denise Bowers of Oakland, Calif. . . . Born April 5, 1983 . . . Named to the 2003 ACC All-Academic football team and the 2003-04 ACC Academic Honor Roll . . . Earned his degree in Management on May 7, 2005; then played his final season while working on a second degree in International Affairs.
GAME-BY-GAME STATISTICS 2005 P-A-T TFL Sks FC FR Int PB Auburn* 2-3-5 1-4 0-0 0 0 1-33 0 UNC* 4-10-14 1-8 0.5-8 0 0 0 0 UConn* 4-3-7 3-7 1-1 0 0 0 0 Va Tech* 3-5-8 0 0 0 0 0 0 NC State* 5-2-7 1-1 0 0 0 0 0 Duke* 1-2-3 0 0 0 0 0 0 Clemson* 8-4-12 0 0 0 0 0 0 Forest* 2-4-6 0 0 0 0 0 0 Virginia* 2-3-5 0.5-3 0.5-3 0 0 0 0 Miami* 4-2-6 0 0 0 0 0 1 Georgia* 5-1-6 2-9 2-9 0 0 0 1 Utah* 2-4-6 0.5-1 0 0 0 1-7 0