Illinois' Wilson to skip senior season for draft -

Illinois' Wilson to skip senior season for draft

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) -- Illinois middle linebacker Martez Wilson will skip his senior season and enter the NFL draft.  

Illini sports information director Kent Brown said Monday that Wilson has filed paperwork to enter the draft.  

Wilson led Illinois with 112 tackles this season. The Chicago Simeon graduate also had four sacks and an interception in the kind of season Illinois has been waiting for since he came to Champaign in 2007.  

Wilson chose Illinois over Ohio State, Notre Dame and other schools. But he struggled to live up to that promise until the 2010 season, in part because of injuries.  

Wilson sat out most of the 2009 season after having neck surgery. He was also stabbed before that season while reportedly helping a former teammate during a fight outside a bar.  

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