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Middle Linebacker Suits Rejuvenated Wilson

Martez Wilson (Holly Smith)

When you are a great athlete, more is expected of you. When you receive a 5-star rating, people expect you to be superhuman, whether that rating is based on production or potential. For junior middle linebacker Martez Wilson, it has taken awhile for him to adapt to the complexities of college football. He is getting there, and this may finally be his breakout year.

Martez Wilson came to Illinois two years ago labeled a can't-miss prospect. He is tall, physically strong and fast as the wind. But he had no real background for what he needed to succeed in major college football. He played as a freshman backup weakside linebacker. He started there his sophomore year, although he was inconsistent at best. However, three things have conspired to change his...

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