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59 DAYS TO 2018 KICKOFF: Drew Wiley

In which BracketCat counts down the 59th day until the 2018 kickoff with a profile of defensive tackle Drew Wiley.

#95 Travis Britz
Inverting the number 59, which is Drew Wiley’s number, produces the number 95, which not so coincidentally used to belong to Travis Britz. I think Wiley’s physicality and potential are strongly similar to Britz’s at this age.
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#59 Drew Wiley

True Sophomore | 6-4 | 295 lbs. | Vinton, Iowa
Drew Wiley
Drew Wiley
Courtesy Kansas State Athletics
  • Position: Defensive Tackle
  • Previous College: None
  • Projection: Starter
  • Status: On Scholarship

Andrew Lee Wiley (b. Sept. 10, 1998) is a physical, promising defensive tackle prospect from Vinton-Shellsburg High School in Vinton, Iowa. He will compete for an increased role and possible starting duties in the interior of the defensive line this season as a sophomore.

A young, tough player who saw considerable playing time as a true freshman in 2017, Wiley played in all 13 games, primarily in short-yardage situations and on special teams.

He registered three tackles on the year, including a season-best two against Charlotte.

A three-year letter-winner for the Vikings under head coach Jim Womochil, Wiley earned first-team All-Class 3A honors from the Iowa Newspaper Association as a senior in 2016, while he was a second-team pick as a junior.

Wiley also was a three-time all-district pick, including in his senior campaign, when he was named the district defensive player of the year. He also earned a spot on The Cedar Rapids Gazette All-Area team during his final campaign.

Wiley finished his prep career with 141 tackles, 42 tackles for loss and seven sacks, including 55 stops, 25 tackles for loss and two sacks as a senior. He was selected to play in the Iowa Shrine Bowl and also lettered in wrestling, basketball, and track and field.

Wiley also drew interest from Iowa, Iowa State, South Dakota and South Dakota State.