Offensive Guard
Irmo, SC
Wilkes was an all-state offensive lineman for Irmo in 1979 and was named to the Shrine Bowl squad that year. He started two games at left guard after starter Joe Doyle was injured (against Pittsburgh and Kentucky). Wilkes sat out the 1982 season but returned in 1983 when Joe Morrison took over as coach and began the season backing up Cas Danielowski at right guard. Wilkes started in the latter part of that season after Danielowski went down with a dislocated elbow and was the starter full-time in 1984. He had a standout season as a senior, being named to four All-America teams (Kodak Coaches, Walter Camp, AP and UPI (2nd team) while also being named All-South Independent and winning the Jacobs Blocking Trophy as the top blocker in the state. Wilkes, a co-captain of the squad, was named MVP that year and was named to the modern era all-time USC team in 1993. He had a tryout with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 1985 and the Atlanta Falcons in 1986. Wilkes went on to a career in professional wresting as “The Patriot” before retiring to the Irmo area.
Prior Schools
Irmo Irmo, SC

Roster Listings
1980 Media Guide L 6-3 220 Fr
1980 Wichita State, Pacific game programs 63 OG 6-3 230 Fr 0 0
1981 1981 Media Guide 63 OG 6-3 235 So
1981 Clemson 1981 63 OG 6-3 245 So 2 2
1982 1982 Media Guide 63 OG 6-3 240 Jr
1983 1983 Media Guide 62 OG 6-3 254 Jr
1983 Program vs Notre Dame 62 OG 6-3 254 Jr 1 1
1984 Program vs Florida State 62 OG 6-3 266 Sr
1984 Gator Bowl Media Guide 62 OG 6-3 266 Sr 3 3
9999 Gamecock Archives All-Time By # 62 OG 6-3 266 0 0
Depth Chart Appearances
1981 Media Guide Right Guard Starter
9/26/1981 vs. Georgia Left Guard 2nd String
9/26/1981 vs. Georgia Right Guard 2nd String
10/17/81 vs Virginia Left Guard 2nd String
10/24/81 vs North Carolina Left Guard 2nd String
1983 Media Guide Right Guard 3rd String
1984 Gator Bowl vs Oklahoma State Right Guard Starter
Gamecock Archives Article Mentions
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1979 Shrine Bowl
1984 All South Independent
1984 All-America (AP)
1984 All-America (Kodak Coaches)
1984 All-America (Walter Camp Foundation)
1984 All-America 2nd Team (UPI)
1984 Jacobs Blocking Trophy
1984 Rex Enright - Captain's Cup
1984 Steve Wadiak MVP
Games Started
1981-10-03 Pittsburgh Left Guard
1981-10-10 Kentucky Left Guard
1983-11-05 Florida State Right Guard
1984-09-08 Citadel Right Guard
1984-11-10 Florida State Right Guard
1984-11-24 Clemson Right Guard
Scoring Plays