Washington State at UCLA - October 28, 2006 (photos courtesy of Associated Press)
UCLA -- Matt figures to compete for a spot in the wide receiver rotation ... Possesses excellent speed, good hands and toughness ... Has a good work ethic and the ability to stretch the field ... Has big-play potential.
2005 -- In his first year in the program, Willis saw action in eight games as a reserve wide receiver and kickoff returner ... On the year, he made three receptions for 29 yards, including a 13-yard touchdown catch versus USC ... Also had a 16-yard reception and a catch (no yards) against Oregon State ... Returned one kickoff for 10 yards versus Rice ... Joined the team in February of 2005 during Spring drills after competing on the track team his first two years at UCLA ... In the Spring of 2004, he competed in the 400-meter hurdles and qualified for the NCAA West Regionals.
HIGH SCHOOL -- Played football as a sophomore but did not compete as a junior or senior at Servite High, concentrating on track and field ... As a senior, he earned Junior All-America honors in the 400 meter hurdles ... Also won the CIF Division III 300-meter championship and placed second in the State meet ... Also earned second-team All-Orange County honors in soccer.
PERSONAL -- Full Name: Matthew Anthony Willis ... Born: April 13, 1984 in Dallas, TX ... Parent: Lynn Willis ... Enjoys watching movies in his spare time ... Favorite athletes include NFL standout receiver Jerry Rice and Muhammad Ali ... Director's Honor Roll in Spring 2005 ... Sociology major.
Varsity Statistics - M. Willis
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