WILLIS' WSU CAREER
RS-JUNIOR (2008): Earned a varsity letter after appearing in each of WSU's 13 games...made his first career start at wide receiver in WSU's season-opener against Oklahoma State...caught a pass in each of the team's first three games...caught his first career touchdown pass against Portland State...hauled in four passes for 28 yards and a score on the season.
JUNIOR (2007): Redshirt season...Ozzie Dire Award winner for Scout Team Player of the Year at team's season-ending banquet...earned team's weekly Offensive Scout Team Award in weeks of practice leading up to Wisconsin and Arizona State games.
SOPHOMORE (2006): Earned a varsity letter after appearing in nine of WSU's 12 games...suffered a right shoulder sprain at Auburn and missed the Idaho game...recovered a fumble against USC before reinjuring right shoulder...missed Oregon State game then returned for California...moved to wide receiver following UCLA game...member of WSU's kickoff special teams unit.
FRESHMAN (2005): Signed with WSU in February 2004, but delayed enrollment until the summer of 2005...earned a varsity letter after appearing in each of WSU's 11 games...reserve safety saw most of his action as a member of WSU's punt, punt return, kickoff and kickoff return special teams units...made two tackles in each of the first three games...recorded his first career interception against Grambling...one of nine true freshman to see varsity action.
WILLIS' HIGH SCHOOL CAREER
Coached by Dick Zatkovich...a three-year letterman on the gridiron for the Abes, also lettered in basketball and track during his prep career...regarded as one of the most feared hitters in the region out of the defensive backfield...as a SOPHOMORE earned first-team All-Narrows League at wide receiver...JUNIOR season made his biggest impact on offense, accumulating eight touchdowns and 600 yards receiving...tabbed by the Tacoma News Tribune as a "Nugget in Waiting"...as a SENIOR helped the Abes reach the state playoffs and earned first-team all-state honors from the Seattle Times and Tacoma News Tribune...named to TNT All-Area team and was named the Narrows League Bay Division Most Valuable Player...racked up 1,207 all-purpose yards and 10 touchdowns to help Lincoln to a 9-3 record...served as team captain...also pegged by the Seattle Times for its all classifications All-State squad...rated the No. 40 safety prospect nationally by TheInsiders.com...member of the Tacoma News Tribune's Western 100 list.
Michael Anthony Willis, Jr...born in Petersburg, Va...parents Michael Willis and Paulette Willis...stepmother Mary Baines...has two brothers Avery Willis and Kenny Baines, and four sisters: Tasha Thomas, and Tina, Jasmine and Kayla Baines...uncle Ronald Baines played football at Montana...volunteered time by coaching the Pierce County Bengals...social sciences major at WSU.
DEFENSE G/GS TT PT AT TFL SACKS PI/YDS 2005 11/0 10 6 4 0/0 0/0 0/0 2006 9/0 6 4 2 0/0 0/0 0/0 CAREER 20/0 16 10 6 0/0 0/0 0/0
RECEIVING G/GS PC YDS AVG TD LG 2008 13/1 4 28 7.0 1 10