Mark Wilson's stats for 2015 may not be overly impressive, but for a young player, he has made plays that have both helped the team for 2015, and has also shown potential for 2016 and beyond.
Wilson has been seen as the heir apparent to starting defensive end Silverberry Mouhon, who has been a force on the defensive line during his time with the Bearcats. Though Wilson doesn't have the big stats that Mouhon has had this year, he has still shown some flashes this year.
Wilson got off the a strong start on the year, recording a sack in a 52-10 win over Alabama A&M. He then had three tackles against Miami (Ohio) with one for a loss and then two quarterback hurries. He would then accumulate six tackles (one for a loss) against Houston. He ended the year on a strong note, putting pressure on the quarterback with two hurries in the regular season finale against East Carolina, and though the Hawaii Bowl was largely a disaster for Cincinnati, Wilson showed up, sacking the quarterback for his second of the year.
Wilson has had a history of playmaking. Playing on a team that won 52 straight games in high school, he recorded 23 sacks, 10 forced fumbles and eight fumble recoveries by the end of his senior season. Obviously, high school performances don't always translate to college or professional performance, but Wilson has shown he has potential to be a solid college player, and a fine replacement to the exiting senior Mouhan. It all remains to be seen, but Wilson showed flashes in his 2015 campaign that warranted some confidence in the Bearcats coaching staff moving forward.
Wilson finished the season with 20 tackles with 5.5 for a loss. He racked up four hurries and two total sacks this season, playing in all but one game.