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|Virginia Tech Hokies — No. 5|
|Date of birth:September 28, 1996|
|Place of birth: Overland Park, KS|
|Height: 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)||Weight: 211 lb (96 kg; 15 st 1 lb)|
|High school: Roeland Park (KS) Bishop Miege|
|*2018 Military Bowl|
|Career highlights and awards|
Early life and college
Willis came out of high school as a 3-star prospect, as rated by Rivals.com. He chose to play for Kansas over Wyoming, Illinois, Kansas State and Tulsa. In his first start at Kansas, a Big 12 conference game versus the Baylor Bears, Willis broke his career high in passing, throwing 158 yards, on 20 completions and 36 attempts, and one touchdown. In a near win versus the 15th ranked TCU Horned Frogs, Willis threw 20-41 passes for 203 yards and a touchdown. He started the final 8 games of the season for the Jayhawks in 2015, completing 164 of 315 passes for 1,719 yards, 8 touchdowns and 10 interceptions.
In January 2017, it was announced that Willis was transferring to play for the Virginia Tech Hokies. At Virginia Tech, Willis joined the team as a walk-on with no guarantee that he would make the team; but he did and spent the 2017 season sitting out due to NCAA transfer rules.
In 2018, Willis has appeared in 2 games and made his first start at Virginia Tech at #22 Duke in Durham after an injury to incumbent starter Josh Jackson. Virginia Tech won the game 31-14, and Willis was 17/27 for 332 yards and 3 TD passes.
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