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James Willis
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Linebacker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1972-09-02) September 2, 1972 (age 47)
Place of birth: Huntsville, Alabama
Career information
College: Auburn
NFL Draft: 1993 / Round: 5 / Pick: 119
Debuted in 1993 for the [[{{{debutteam}}}]]
Last played in 1999 for the [[{{{finalteam}}}]]
Career history
* Green Bay Packers (1993-1995)
Career highlights and awards
  • N/A
Tackles     344
Sacks     2
Interceptions     4
Stats at NFL.com

James Willis (born September 2, 1972) is a former American football linebacker in the National Football League. He was drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the fifth round of the 1993 NFL Draft. He played college football at Auburn. He played high school football at J.O. Johnson High School in Huntsville, Alabama.[1] He is the defensive coordinator for the Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns football team.

Willis also played for the Philadelphia Eagles, Seattle Seahawks, and the Birmingham Thunderbolts of the now defunct XFL.

Coaching careerEdit

Upon the dissolution of the XFL, Willis decided to retire as a player and returned to Auburn to work towards completing his college degree. He became a student assistant for the Auburn Tigers football team in 2001 and became a defensive graduate assistant in 2003 under defensive coordinator Gene Chizik.

Rhode Island RamsEdit

In 2004, Willis took his first coaching job as the linebackers coach of the Rhode Island Rams.

Temple OwlsEdit

In 2005, Willis was hired for the same position by Temple University.

Auburn TigersEdit

In 2006, Auburn head coach Tommy Tuberville hired Willis to return to his alma mater as the linebackers coach under new defensive coordinator Will Muschamp. When Muschamp left for Texas, his replacement Paul Rhoads kept Willis on staff. When coach Tuberville resigned from Auburn in 2008, the entire staff was initially released by new head coach Gene Chizik, however on December 26, 2008 Willis was retained to again coach linebackers.[2]

Alabama Crimson TideEdit

Although initially thought to return to Auburn, Willis was hired by Alabama's head coach Nick Saban to be the Crimson Tide's associate head coach and outside linebackers coach on January 21, 2009.[3] During his one season with Alabama, the Crimson Tide defeated the Texas Longhorns in the 2010 BCS National Championship Game.

Texas Tech Red RaidersEdit

On January 13, 2010, Willis agreed to join head coach Tommy Tuberville to serve as the new defensive coordinator for the Texas Tech Red Raiders football team.[4] Prior to the 2011 TicketCity Bowl, Willis allegedly left the program to pursue other career opportunities after a domestic disturbance call at his home.[5][6]

Louisiana–Lafayette Ragin' CajunsEdit

On February 7, 2013, Willis agreed to become the new defensive coordinator for the Ragin Cajuns.[7]

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