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A tall, mobile tight end who is looking to have a big senior season ... Has committed himself to the weight room and is doing all the little things that can give him an edge on the field ... Started eight games last season and rates as the Hokies' most experienced tight end ... Is coming off a good spring ... Has become a better blocker, especially at the point of attack ... Combines good pass receiving skills with the ability to pick up yardage after the catch ... Became the first Tech tight end to compile over 100 yards receiving in a game since 1982 after registering 113 yards at Syracuse last season ... His 87-yard catch against the Orangemen was the longest ever for a Tech tight end ... Contributed as a reserve tight end and a starter on special teams his first two seasons ... Could be a key performer for the Hokies this fall ...

2003: Has caught five passes for 84 yards ... Caught two passes for 26 yards in the Hokies' win over UCF ... Had one reception for eight yards against James Madison ... Graded out at 88 percent blocking against UConn ... Had one catch for 32 yards and graded out at 83 percent blocking at Rutgers ... Graded out at 90 percent blocking against Syracuse ... Caught one pass for 18 yards at West Virginia ... Was limited in the Miami game with a sprained ankle ... Played just one offensive snap at Pittsburgh and five at Temple due to the injury ... Got the start against Boston College, playing 22 snaps on offense ...

2002: Was one of just three players to meet all six of his goals in the strength and conditioning program when he returned for practice ... Played in all 14 games, starting eight ... Caught seven passes for 168 yards and a touchdown ... Played 31 snaps in the opener against Arkansas State ... Caught one pass for 15 yards in that game ... Caught a pass for seven yards in the win over LSU ... Played 38 offensive snaps against Marshall ... Caught two passes for 27 yards at Western Michigan ... Played 41 snaps on offense at Boston College ... Recorded an assisted tackle on special teams in that game ... Played 31 snaps on offense and two on special teams in the win over Rutgers ... Was in for 54 plays on offense and nine on special teams against Temple ... Did not start against Pittsburgh due to an abdominal injury, but still played 24 snaps on offense and seven on special teams ... Came off the bench at Syracuse to post one of the best receiving days in school history for a tight end ... Caught two passes for 113 yards, including an 87-yarder that was the longest ever for a Tech tight end ... The total marked the first time in 20 years a Tech tight end totaled 100 yards or more ... Also had a solo tackle on special teams ... Caught a 6-yard touchdown pass against West Virginia, his second of the year ... Played 25 snaps on offense and five on special teams against Virginia ... Hauled in a 20-yard reception against Air Force in the San Francisco Bowl ... Was an Iron Hokie in both fall and spring testing ... Recorded a personal-best 400-pound bench press during the spring ... Also had his best back squat at 490 pounds ... Contributed three catches for 53 yards and one touchdown during one of the spring scrimmages ...

2001: Played in all 11 regular-season games, compiling 102 snaps on offense and 46 on special teams ... Had two receptions for 38 yards and a score ... Opened the season with a reception for 31 yards against UConn ... Played a season-high 25 offensive snaps against the Huskies ... Caught his first career touchdown pass at Rutgers, a 7-yarder ... Started on the kickoff return team and worked on two other special teams units ...Caught a 19-yard touchdown pass in one of Tech's spring scrimmages ... Added a 13-yard reception in another scrimmage ...

2000: Played on offense in seven games ... Caught a pass for a 21-yard gain in the season opener against Akron ... Was in for a season-high 31 offensive snaps against Rutgers ... Moved into a starting spot on the kickoff return team as the season progressed ... Took time out for one jayvee game, catching a 19-yard touchdown pass in a win over Fork Union ... Saw 23 varsity snaps on offense at UCF ... Led the tight ends with a 350-pound bench press during spring max testing ... Also had the fastest time in the forty at 4.58 ... Caught four passes for 30 yards and one touchdown during spring scrimmages ...

1999: Worked at tight end during a redshirt year ... Joined Tech's basketball team in October and split practice time with football ... Played briefly in three regular-season basketball games before returning to football full-time ... Went through the Hokies' winter workouts ... Improved in three of the four major lifts during strength and conditioning tests ...

High School: A two-time all-district, all-region and all-state Group AAA choice at tight end for Coach Carleton Thomas ... Lettered three seasons as a tight end, defensive end and punter ... A prep All-American ... Listed as the No. 7 tight end in the nation by SuperPrep ... Named the No. 1 TE in the ACC Region by PrepStar ... Rated the No. 5 prospect in Virginia by SuperPrep and the No. 7 player in the state by The Roanoke Times ... Was on the receiving end of 21 passes for 475 yards and four touchdowns as a senior ... Also contributed 60 tackles, 11 sacks and five fumble recoveries on defense ... Against Bethel his senior year, he contributed three catches for 95 yards and one touchdown, along with two sacks, two pass breakups, a fumble caused and four tackles ... In two seasons as a tight end, he caught 35 passes for 745 yards ... Had 24 career sacks in three seasons as a DE ... A three-time all-district and All-Tidewater pick in basketball ... Also gained all-region honors as a junior and senior ... Averaged 27 points and 12.7 rebounds a game as a forward his senior season ... Finished his career with over 1,000 points and was a first-team AAA all-state pick ... Also competed in track ...

Personal: Keith Tyrone Willis ... Born 12/14/80 in Oceanside, CA ... Son of Keith and Mara Willis ... Lived in Japan for more than three years ... Enrolled in science of food, nutrition and exercise.

ReceivingGNo.Yds.Avg.TDLG
20001012121.0021
20011123819.0131
200214716824.0187
2003 12 5 84 16.80 32
Career 47 15 311 20.72 87
2003 Receiving Game-by-Game
UCF   2 26 13.0 0 14
James Madison   1 8 8.0 0 8
Texas A&M   0 0 0.0 0 0
Connecticut   0 0 0.0 0 0
Rutgers   1 32 32.0 0 32
Syracuse   0 0 0.0 0 0
West Virginia   1 18 18.0 0 18
Miami   0 0 0.0 0 0
Pittsburgh   0 0 0.0 0 0
Temple   0 0 0.0 0 0
Boston College   0 0 0.0 0 0
Virginia   0 0 0.0 0 0


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