Kyle Wilber

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Kyle Wilber
No. 51 Dallas Cowboys
Position: Linebacker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1989-04-26) April 26, 1989 (age 26)
Place of birth: Orlando, Florida
Height: 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight: 245 lb (111 kg)
Career information
High school: Apopka (FL)
College: Wake Forest
NFL draft: 2012 / Round: 4 / Pick: 113
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career NFL statistics as of Week 2, 2015
Tackles: 80
Sacks: 3.5
Forced Fumbles: 1
Interceptions: 0
TDs: 1
Stats at

Kyle Wilber (born April 26, 1989) is an American football linebacker for the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Cowboys in the fourth round of the 2012 NFL Draft. He played college football at Wake Forest.[1]

Early years[edit]

Wilber attended Apopka High School where he was a Class 6A all-state third-team selection as a senior, after finishing with 55 tackles (10 for loss), four sacks and a fumble recovery. He also practiced wrestling and weightlifting.

At Wake Forest University he was a 4-3 defensive end until his senior season, when there was a change in the defensive scheme and he was moved to the 3-4 Will linebacker position. He registered 13.5 sacks and 35.5 tackles for loss in 43 career games.

Professional career[edit]

Wilber was drafted in the fourth round (135th overall) of the 2012 NFL Draft by the Dallas Cowboys. He was originally intended to play the Sam linebacker position in defensive coordinator Rob Ryan's 3–4 defense. His progress was slowed after breaking his left thumb in the first preseason game and not being active until week 3 of the regular season. Because of injuries to the linebacker corps, he was also tried in a nickel role, but could not handle the assignment. He finished with 6 special teams tackles.

The next year defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin was hired to change the defense to a 4-3 alignment, so he was switched back to his college position (defensive end), with the plan of using him as Demarcus Ware's backup. He added 15 pounds, but could not maintain consistent playing time even with a defensive line that lost many players to injury. Out of necessity, the team was forced to play him at sam linebacker in place of an injured Justin Durant. After registering 11 tackles and two sacks in the first 10 games, the move allowed him to earn a starting position and register 31 tackles (two for loss) in the final six games of the season.

In 2014, during the preseason he was tried at linebacker and defensive end.[2] In the regular season he was used mainly in a reserve pass-rusher role, finishing with 27 tackles and 1.5 sacks. After being passed on the depth chart by rookie Anthony Hitchens, his best game came until the playoffs against the Detroit Lions, where he played 23 snaps at sam linebacker and made a key third-quarter interception and a pass deflection.[3]


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