Michigan DE Luiji Vilain Has 'Hope' for Successful 2019 Season

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Michigan DE Luiji Vilain Has 'Hope' for Successful 2019 Season

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Michigan DE Luiji Vilain Has 'Hope' for Successful 2019 Season

Luiji Vilain missed his entire true freshman 2017 season with a knee injury.

The defensive end did not play in 2018. The reason was yet another knee injury, which he had successful surgery on in mid-September.

Sources told WolverinesWire that both his right and left knee have undergone injuries, rather than the same one twice. He received a medical redshirt last year, and he will reportedly use this season as another redshirt year.

Vilain will have four years of eligibility beginning in 2019, and he’s hopeful for success.

“These past two years have been a physical and mental journey for me,” Vilain said on Twitter. “From the 2017 season to today, and all the time in between, I’ve spent my God-given time, blessings and energy developing myself off the field, as an athlete, as well as an individual blessed with countless opportunities.

“Every day is a new coach (and with) the 365 (days) in 2019, I have nothing but hope for what’s in store for me.”

The 6-foot-4, 255-pound defensive lineman came to Michigan as a member of the 2017 class from Alexandria (Va.) Episcopal High School. He was ranked No. 57 nation, No. 5 at weak-side defensive end and No. 3 in Virginia.

Vilain picked Michigan over Alabama, Boston College, Duke, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, Miami (FL), Michigan State, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Carolina, Ohio State, Ole Miss, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, South Carolina, Syracuse, Tennessee, Texas A&M, UCLA, USC, USF, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest and Wisconsin.

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