Vikings Release 2nd-Year LB

Vikings Release 2nd-Year LB
Tuf Borland

It’s the time on the NFL calendar for subtle roster tweaks, and the Minnesota Vikings made such a move on Monday.

Per John McMullen of JAKIB Sports, the Vikings released Ohio State alumnus Tuf Borland.

The Vikings also announced the transaction.

Borland played in two Vikings games last season, versus Pittsburgh in Week 14 and at Chicago in Week 18, in a special teams capacity. He took no defensive snaps in 2021.

As a member of the National Champion runner-up Buckeyes of 2020, Borland gained attention as an undrafted free agent in last year’s class. He also has a catchy and memorable name, and Vikings fans don’t forget a man named Tuf.

Tuf Borland
Ohio State Buckeyes linebacker Tuf Borland. [Joshua A. Syndication: The Columbus Dispatch Bickel/Dispatch]

The new guy, William Kwenkeu, is also an undrafted free agent but from this year’s crop. Kwenkeu is a linebacker, and he had a lengthy career at Temple.

All told, Kwenkeu played for six seasons, seeing action in 47 games. He registered 183 total tackles and seven sacks during the timeframe.

Nov 14, 2020; Orlando, Florida, USA; UCF Knights running back Greg McCrae (30) runs in for the score as Temple Owls linebacker William Kwenkeu. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports.

The Vikings will continue to make roster moves in the coming months, and Borland’s exodus isn’t terribly noteworthy. Like Borland, Kwenkeu is an off-ball linebacker, so the men basically swapped roles.

These are the Vikings current inside linebackers:

ILB1: Eric Kendricks
ILB2: Jordan Hicks
ILB3: Brian Asamoah
ILB4: Troy Dye
ILB5: Chazz Surratt
ILB6: Blake Lynch
ILB7: Ryan Connelly
ILB8: William Kwenkeu

Kwenkeu is 24 years old and a native of Cameroon.


Dustin Baker is a political scientist who graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2007. Subscribe to his daily YouTube Channel, VikesNow. He hosts a podcast with Bryant McKinnie, which airs every Wednesday with Raun Sawh and Sally from Minneapolis. His Viking fandom dates back to 1996. Listed guilty pleasures: Peanut Butter Ice Cream, ‘The Sopranos,’ and The Doors (the band).