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BVT’s Wilkins Prepares to Join Bryant Football

Blackstone Valley Tech wide receiver and safety Shawn Wilkins liked the sense of community surrounding the Beavers' football program over the past four years. That unity resulted in a Super Bowl victory last winter, and Wilkins is hoping to find many of the same traits when he suits up for Bryant University this fall.
"I loved the team aspect at BVT, just being around my teammates and how we all came together last season," he said. "On the field, it came down to football and everyone worked hard to get the job done. That's what I hope Bryant will be like and hopefully I can contribute myself."
Wilkins, a 6-foot-3, 185-pound dual threat for BVT, chose Bryant after looking across a broad spectrum of division 1, 2, and 3 programs. He had a chance to walk-on at Penn State, but said he wanted to stay closer to home and liked the fact that he will have an opportunity to contribute more quickly at Bryant.
"I considered (Penn State), who wouldn't want the chance to play for a big time program that's always on television," he said. "But I'd rather have a chance to see the field early on. Of course, I'd work hard to try to earn playing time wherever I went, but coming into Bryant I'm in a spot where I know I might see the field.
He said Bulldogs head coach Marty Fine told him he would start by working with the scout teams this fall and have the chance to work his way up from there.
"Coach Fine said I would be getting reps on both offense and defense," said Wilkins. "I'm probably not going to start as a freshman, they have a good core of players coming back, but if I prove myself I could see some time during the season and definitely play more as a sophomore and junior."
Wilkins was a standout on both sides of the ball at Valley Tech. He was a two-time all-league pick in the Colonial Athletic League and the team's Offensive Player of the Year in his senior season. Wilkins finished the year with more than 1,000 yards receiving as well as five interceptions in the defensive backfield. His contributions helped the Beavers capture the Division 6 Super Bowl title.
"Winning the Super Bowl was the icing on the cake," he said. "I could not have had a better end to my senior season."
Wilkins said he will major in a computer science program at Bryant and intends to minor in business. The Bulldogs coaches sent him an eight-week training program to stay in shape over the summer which he has nearly completed. He may be able to join the team for practice as soon as next week.
"I may not start this season, but I want to be a part in their upcoming legacy," said Wilkins. "They are relatively new to the [Football Championship Subdivision, formerly 1-AA] level and I see this as a fresh start and a chance for me to show what I can do and make things happen."




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