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#59 Drew Wiley
True Senior | 6-4 | 300 lbs. | Vinton, Iowa
- Position: Defensive Tackle
- Previous College: None
- Projection: Starter
- Status: On Scholarship
Andrew Lee Wiley (b. Sept. 10, 1998) is a physical defensive tackle from Vinton-Shellsburg High School in Vinton, Iowa. He will compete for possible starting duties in the interior of the defensive line this season as a senior after being a key part of the rotation in 2019.
A tough player who saw considerable playing time as a true freshman, Wiley played in all 13 games in 2017, primarily in short-yardage situations and on special teams.
He registered three tackles on the year, including a season-best two against Charlotte.
Wiley also saw time in every game in 2018 on short-yardage plays and on field goal defense.
He made two tackles, one against Mississippi State and one against Oklahoma State, and earned first-team Academic All-Big 12 honors.
Wiley’s breakthrough season came in 2019, when he played in all 13 games as part of the regular rotation at defensive tackle and made a career-high 16 tackles to go along with his first two career tackles for loss and a pass breakup.
He set a single-game career high with four tackles at Texas, notched his first full career tackle for loss against TCU, broke up a pass against Bowling Green, had a then-career-high three tackles at Oklahoma State and picked up first-team Academic All-Big 12 honors.
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’s 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 drew recruiting interest from Iowa, Iowa State, South Dakota and South Dakota State.