Patrick Willis
Patrick Willis

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Bruceton, Tenn.

High School:
Central

Height / Weight:
6-2 / 240

Position:
LB

Birthdate:
01/25/1985

Experience:
3L


Returning starter at "Mike" linebacker who earned first team All-America honors a year ago ... Is considered one of the nation's top defensive players heading into the 2006 season ... Did not participate in spring drills due to having foot surgery ... Expected to be at full strength for what should be an outstanding senior season ... A linebacker who can do it all ... Has great speed and quickness and is a tremendous hitter ... A leader both on the field and off the field ... Heavily involved in community service ... Received the 2006 Chucky Mullins Courage Award ... Named preseason first team All-American and No. 1 inside linebacker in the nation by The Sporting News, Lindy's and CollegeFootballNews.com ... Selected as a preseason All-America by Playboy and a First Team honoree by NationalChamps.net ... Named to Watch Lists for the Bednarik Award, Rotary Lombardi Award and the Lott Trophy ... Also picked by Lindy's as the preseason SEC Defensive Player of the Year and was ranked No. 4 of 10 on its Bronko Nagurski Watch list ... Named Most Valuable Ole Miss Player by Lindy's, which also ranked him No. 5 on its SEC Top 10 NFL Talent list ... Rated No. 10 on SI.com's "Best College Football Players of 2006," the highest among six players from the SEC ... Chosen preseason First Team All-SEC by The Sporting News, Lindy's and Phipps Football Magazines ... Named to 2006 SEC "Good Works" team.

2005: Named First Team All-America by CollegeFootballNews.com and the All-American Football Foundation ... Earned First Team All-SEC honors from Associated Press, SEC Coaches, CollegeFootballNews.com and Rivals.com ...Was the 2005 NCAA Division I-A statistical champion for solo tackles (9.0) ... Garnered Second Team All-America distinction from Walter Camp Football Foundation, The Associated Press, SI.com and Rivals.com ... Named SEC Defensive Player of the Year by CollegeFootballNews.com and Scout.com ... Semifinalist for the Chuck Bednarik Award ... Finalist for the Conerly Trophy as Mississippi's top player ... CollegeFootballNews.com distinguished him as the SEC Top Linebacker and SEC No. 2 Rated Player Regardless of Position ... Member of the All-Mayday Team ... Led the SEC in total tackles at 12.80 per game, which placed him sixth nationally ... His 90 solo stops was the second-most by a Rebel since 1968, two shy of Kem Coleman's 1976 mark ... Finished season with 128 total tackles, 9.5 TFLs, three sacks, three pass-break-ups, two QB hurries, two forced fumbles, a fumble recovery and an interception ... Started 10 games, missing the Wyoming game (9/24) with injury ... In his nine complete games of play, Willis averaged 13.7 tackles and totaled 9.5 TFLs ... Played with a broken middle finger on his right hand, a sprained left knee, a right mid-foot sprain and a partial AC joint separation of his right shoulder ... Spent much of the year with a club covering his right hand ... Led a Rebel defense that finished 14th in the nation in pass defense, 27th in total defense and 31st in scoring defense ... Earned his third letter ... at Memphis (9/5): Made first career start ... Recorded 15 tackles with a forced fumble and two tackles for loss ... Directed a Rebel defense that contained Tiger All-American RB DeAngelo Williams under 100 yards rushing for only the third time in his last 23 games ... Named SEC Defensive Player of the Week and Rebel Quarterback Club Defensive Player of the Week ... at Vanderbilt (9/17): Totaled five solo tackles before leaving in the second quarter with injury ... at Tennessee (10/1): Returned to the starting lineup after missing two weeks of practice and the Wyoming game with injury ... Led the Rebels against the ninth-ranked Volunteers with 14 tackles (10 solo) with two TFLs ... Earned Rebel Quarterback Club Defensive Player of the Week honors ... vs. Alabama (10/15): Posted 15 tackles with 2.5 TFLs and 1.5 sacks .... Led the Ole Miss defense in holding the Crimson Tide to a season-low ... Led the Ole Miss defense in holding the Crimson Tide to a season-low 13 points and 121 rushing yards ... vs. Kentucky (10/22): Registered 14 tackles with two QB hurries, a pass break-up and a half sack ... Directed a Rebel defense that limited the Wildcats to one score and 256 yards of offense while forcing three turnovers ... at Auburn (10/29): Recorded 13 stops and made his third QB sack of the year ... vs. Arkansas (11/12): Posted a game-high nine stops with a fumble recovery ... Helped shut down the SEC's top rushing attack, holding the Razorbacks to 89 yards, 163 yards below their season average ... Named Rebel Quarterback Club Defensive Player of the Week ... vs. LSU (11/18): Tied his career high for total tackles with 15, including 11 solos ... Also forced a fumble and had a pass break-up ... at Mississippi State (11/26): Tallied 11 solo stops and hauled in his first career interception ... Spring 2005: Earned the Jeff Hamm Memorial Award as the Most Improved Defensive Player of spring drills ... Nailed down starting spot at middle linebacker ... Named first team preseason All-SEC West by Phipps Football Magazine.

2004: Earned honorable mention All-SEC honors from The Associated Press ... Appeared in 10-of-11 games ... Did not see action at Wyoming (9/25) ... Earned his second letter ... Recorded 70 tackles (54 solo) ... Led team with 11.0 TFLs (-62 yards) and five QB sacks (-39 yards) ... Tied for the team lead with four QB pressures ... Also recorded one pass deflection, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery ... vs. Memphis (9/4): Recorded eight hits (five solo), including one TFL (-3 yards) ... vs. Vanderbilt (9/18): Credited with a team-high seven tackles (four solo) and recorded his first career QB sack (-9 yards) ... vs. Arkansas State (10/2): Credited with two stops (one solo) and had one pass deflection ... Recovered his first career fumble in the third quarter to set-up Brandon Jacobs' three-yard TD run to extend the Rebels' lead to 28-14 in the 28-21 win ... at South Carolina (10/9): Made eight tackles, including being credited with a career-high three TFLs (-13 yards) ... Also recorded one QB sack (-5 yards) ... Named the Quarterback Club Defensive Player of the Week ... at Arkansas (11/13): Tallied a career-high 13 stops (eight solo), including two TFLs (-5 yards) ... Earned Quarterback Club Defensive Player of the Week honors ... at LSU (11/20): Recorded 12 stops (nine solo), including tying a career high with three TFLs (-20 yards) ... Also set a career high with two QB sacks (-13 yards) and was credited with one QB pressure ... vs. Mississippi State (11/27): Registered a team-high nine tackles, including one QB sack (-12 yards) ... Also credited with a career-high three QB pressures ... Spring 2004: Had five tackles in Red-Blue Game, including one hit behind the line for a minus one yard.

2003: Played in all 13 games ... Earned his first letter ... Made 20 stops (16 solo), including one TFL (-6 yards) and had one QB pressure ... at Vanderbilt (8/30): Made his collegiate debut and recorded one solo tackle ... vs. Louisiana-Monroe (9/13): Credited with three stops (two solo), including one TFL (-6 yards) and one QB pressure ... vs. Arkansas State (10/11): Made a season-high five solo tackles ... vs. Alabama (10/18): Credited with three stops (two solo) and was named the Special Teams Player of the Week by the Quarterback Club ... Received Scholar-Athlete Award from the Ole Miss Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame.

HIGH SCHOOL: Class "A" Mr. Football in Tennessee ... Two-time All-State selection ... Regional Most Valuable Player ... West Tennessee Player of the Year ... As a junior, was named All-State, All West Tennessee, and Regional Defensive Player of the Year ... Was All-Region and honorable mention All-State as a sophomore and All-Region as a freshman ... During senior season, had 194 carries for 2,167 yards and 30 TDs on offense ... Defensively, was credited with 163 tackles, including 36 for losses, while racking up 12 QB sacks and four pass interceptions, returning one for a TD ... Career statistics included 276 carries for 2,486 yards and 39 TDs ... Averaged 9 yards per carry ... Had 51 pass receptions for 946 yards and 17 TDs to average 18.5 yards per catch ... Had 494 career tackles, including 275 solo hits, as well as 23 QB sacks, 46 tackles for loss, and 13 pass interceptions, with six returned for TDs ... Scored 392 career points (62 TDs, 1 PAT, 3 two-point conversion, 1 field goal, 2 safeties) ... Compiled 3,944 all-purpose yards ... Helped lead Central High to 2001 and 2002 Regional Championship and State Quarter-finalist ... Central was a 1999 state semifinalist ... Earned four letters in football ... Coached in high school by Rod Sturdivant ... Also earned four letters in basketball and three in baseball ... Averaged 18 points and 11 rebounds, 24 points and 11 rebounds, 18 points and eight rebounds during basketball career ... Picked up All-District, All-Region, District Most Valuable Player, All-West Tennessee, and honorable mention All-State honors in basketball ... Was All-District in baseball ... Named Mr. Central High School.

PERSONAL: Guardians are Chris and Julie Finley ... Son of Ernest Willis ... Full name is Patrick L. Willis ... Born: January 25, 1985 ... College of Liberal Arts ... Made the Chancellor's Honor Roll in Fall of 2003.

WILLIS' CAREER STATISTICS
--DEFENSE--

Year G-S UT AT TT TFL-YDS Sacks-Yds CF FR PD PRES INT BLK
2003 13-0 16 4 20 1.0-6 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0
2004 10-0 54 16 70 11.0-62 5.0-39 1 1 1 4 0 0
200510-1090381289.5-423.0-28213210
Total 33-10 160 58 218 21.5-110 8.0-67 3 2 4 7 1 0

WILLIS' CAREER HIGHS
TACKLES: 15, three times, most recent vs. LSU (11/19/05)
SOLO TACKLES: 11, twice, most recent vs. MSU (11/26/05)
TFLs: 3.0, twice, most recent vs. LSU (11/20/2004)
QB SACKS: 2.0, at LSU (11/20/2004)
PASS DEFLECTIONS: 1, four times, most recent vs. LSU (11/19/05))
QB PRESSURES: 3, vs. Mississippi State (11/27/2004)

Ole Miss Gear
    Facebook
    Twitter
    • Loading Tweets...
      1 second ago
    Blog
    • Ole Miss, MSU Renew Rivalry on Hardwood

      Wednesday, January 28, 2015 - Men's Basketball

      Ole Miss meets Mississippi State on the hardwood the for 250th time Wednesday, which makes it the most-played rivalry in the Southeastern Conference.  Like the rivalry in football, where the road team last won in 2010, the home team has... read more

    • Ole Miss Athletics Week in Review (Jan. 20-26, 2015)

      Monday, January 26, 2015 - Athletics

      Ole Miss Athletics Week in ReviewJan. 20-26, 2015Men's Basketball - Senior guard Jarvis Summers scored 4 points in the final 26.6 seconds to lift Ole Miss to a 72-71 victory over Florida Saturday. Summers scored a team-high 16 points, including... read more

    • Observations from the Best Seat in the House -- Jan. 25

      Sunday, January 25, 2015 - Athletics

      Classes started on the Ole Miss campus this past week, as the men's and women's basketball teams enter the heart of Southeastern Conference play. Some of the spring sports have started their 2015 seasons, while others are gearing up for... read more

    • Prewitt Caps Impressive Week at Senior Bowl

      Sunday, January 25, 2015 - Football

      Former Ole Miss safety Cody Prewitt capped an impressive week at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama, with a game-high five tackles in the game itself Saturday. His former teammate, cornerback Senquez Golson sat out the game with a hamstring... read more

    • VIDEO: Home is Ole Miss

      Friday, January 23, 2015 - Football

      Ole Miss Football: Home is Ole Miss from Ole Miss Rebels on Vimeo.... read more

    • VIDEO: Ole Miss Baseball Omaha Challenge

      Friday, January 23, 2015 - Baseball

      The Season: Ole Miss Baseball: Omaha Challenge 2014 from Ole Miss Rebels on Vimeo.... read more

    • Rivalry Game with NCAA Tournament Implications

      Thursday, January 22, 2015 - Women's Basketball

      Ole Miss closes out a three-game stretch in which they will have faced three consecutive ranked opponents when they welcome No. 18 Mississippi State on Thursday night. The Rebels are 1-1 through the first two games of the stretch, having... read more

    • Prewitt, Golson Impress at Senior Bowl Practices

      Thursday, January 22, 2015 - Football

       Photo GalleryCody Prewitt and Senquez Golson will represent Ole Miss in the Senior Bowl, which will take place Saturday at 3 p.m. CT from Mobile, Alabama, and will be televised by the NFL Network. The duo have already had a busy... read more

    • Ole Miss Athletics Week in Review (Jan. 13-19, 2015)

      Monday, January 19, 2015 - Athletics

      Ole Miss Athletics Week in ReviewJan. 13-19, 2015Men's Basketball - Ole Miss thrashed No. 19 Arkansas 96-82 on Saturday. The Rebels picked up their first true road win over a ranked opponent since 2003 and scored the second-most points ever... read more

    • Observations from the Best Seat in the House -- Jan. 18

      Sunday, January 18, 2015 - Athletics

      The Ole Miss men's and women's basketball teams both made some history, while the men's and women's tennis teams started their spring seasons. National Signing Day (Feb. 4) and the start of baseball season (Feb. 13) are less than a... read more

    • Key Stretch Starts with Tough Test in LSU

      Tuesday, January 13, 2015 - Men's Basketball

      After an up-and-down non-conference slate that included wins over Creighton, Cincinnati and Oregon, all away from home, and losses to Charleston Southern and Western Kentucky, both at home, Ole Miss learned a lot about itself in the first week of... read more

    • Way-Too-Early Preseason Top 25 Rankings

      Tuesday, January 13, 2015 - Football

      Ole Miss football finished the 2014 football season with a 9-4 record and a top-20 final national rankings in both polls. The Rebels come in at No. 17 in the Associated Press poll and No. 19 in the Amway Coach... read more

    • Ole Miss Athletics Week in Review (Jan. 6-12, 2015)

      Monday, January 12, 2015 - Athletics

      Ole Miss Athletics Week in ReviewJan. 6-12, 2015Women's Basketball - Ole Miss went 2-0 on the week with a road win at Florida and a win at home against Alabama, moving to 13-4 overall and 3-1 in SEC action while... read more

    • Observations from the Best Seat in the House -- Jan. 11

      Sunday, January 11, 2015 - Athletics

      The Ole Miss men's basketball team opened SEC play, while the Ole Miss women's basketball team continued SEC play, as we enter the heart of college basketball season. Over the weekend, the men's and women's teams posted wire-to-wire wins on... read more

    • Rebels to Open SEC Play ' in Grand Fashion'

      Tuesday, January 6, 2015 - Men's Basketball

      Ole Miss looks to reverse history, as the Rebels (9-4) travel to No. 1 Kentucky tonight (6 p.m., SEC Network), the Southeastern Conference opener for both teams. Ole Miss is 0-15 all-time against the nation's top ranked team, last playing... read more