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80 Alex Willis

  • Wide Receiver
  • 6-0, 180, Senior
  • Jacksonville (Ribault HS)

Career
A redshirt senior...A former walk-on who was awarded a scholarship in 1999...Played in 35 regular season games with 12 starts for 915 plays, also played in the 1999 Orange Bowl and 2001 Nokia Sugar Bowl and started the 2000 Citrus Bowl...46 career receptions for 746 yards (16.2 avg.) and five touchdowns

2000 Season
Selected one of the squad's captains for the 2000 season...Received his degree in December...Played in 10 of 12 games (all but Mississippi State and LSU which he missed due to an ankle injury) with three starts (Ball State, Middle Tennessee and Tennessee) for 257 plays...12 catches for 180 yards (15.0 average) and two TDs...Tied for fourth on squad in TD catches with two...Ranked sixth in receiving yards (180) and is tied for seventh in receptions (12) ...Led squad with four receptions for 50 yards and one 9-yard TD in season opener vs. Ball State...Had three receptions for 34 yards and one 16-yard TD vs. Middle Tennessee...Against Tennessee had two receptions for 51 yards including a season-long 31-yard catch...Two receptions for 31 yards vs. Florida State...Made one 13-yard reception in the Sugar Bowl...Received the squad's Fifth-Year Leadership Award at the conclusion of spring drills

1999 Season
One of UF's top players in the wide receiver rotation... Played in all 12 games with nine starts (all but Western Michigan, Tennessee and Vanderbilt) for 532 plays... Also started Citrus Bowl... 24 receptions for 322 yards (13.4 yards per catch) and two touchdowns... 322 receiving ranked third and 24 receptions ranked fourth best on the squad... Caught two passes for 52 yards, including a 47-yard touchdown, in season opener against Western Michigan... First career start vs. Central Florida and caught two passes for 22 yards... Tied career high with four receptions for 72 yards (24.0 avg.) vs. Tennessee... Two receptions for 21 yards (10.5 avg.) vs. Kentucky in a starting role... Set career high with five receptions for 80 yards (15.0 avg.) vs. Alabama... One reception (27-yard touchdown pass from Doug Johnson) vs. LSU... Three receptions for 15 yards vs. Auburn... Three receptions for 17 yards vs. Georgia... Named co-recipient of UF's Consistent Award on Offense during spring.

1998 Season
Played in 10 of 11 regular season games (all but Tennessee) for 109 plays... Also played in Orange Bowl... 10 catches for 244 yards (24.4 avg.) and one TD on the year... 24.4 average yards per catch led team... Four receptions for 91 yards against Georgia... Two catches for 84 yards and one TD (52 yards), the first of his career, vs. Vanderbilt... Named the offensive unit's Most Improved Walk-On for spring drills.

1997 Season
Played in three games (Central Michigan, Kentucky, Arkansas) for 17 plays... Saw first action in 11 plays vs. Central Michigan... Received the squad's Most Improved Wide Receiver Award during spring.

1996 Season
Did not see any game action... Worked with the scout team at wide receiver.

Prep
A 1996 graduate of Ribault High School... Named All-District and All-Conference his senior season... 30 receptions for 640 yards in 1995... A member of the National Honor Society, as well as a speaker for the DARE program... High school coach was Arthur Mallory... Also considered The Citadel, Louisville and Pittsburgh.

Personal
Born Alexander J. Willis on September 2, 1978 in Jacksonville, Florida...Parents: John and Sandra Willis... Enjoys playing basketball and baseball in his spare time... Favorite magazine is Sports Illustrated... Major: Business Administration.


CAREER RECEIVING STATISTICS
YEAR REC. YDS. AVG. TD LONG
1998 10 244 24.4 1 52
1999 24 322 13.4 2 47
2000 12 180 15.0 2 31
Totals 46 746 16.2 5 52
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