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75 DAYS TO KICKOFF: Jordan Willis

In which BracketCat counts down the 75th day until kickoff with a profile of defensive end Jordan Willis.

The freak that is Jordan Willis broke out in earnest in 2014 as a sack monster. Now let's see what he has for an encore.
The freak that is Jordan Willis broke out in earnest in 2014 as a sack monster. Now let's see what he has for an encore.
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#75 Jordan Willis
True Junior
6-5 | 250
Kansas City, Mo.


Position: Defensive End

Previous College: None

Projection: Starter

Status: On Scholarship

Jordan Jonathan Willis (b. May 2, 1995) is a long defensive end who has played in each of his first two seasons, including a breakout 2014 campaign as the full-time starter. He will look to hold on to his starting spot as a junior.

Willis, who has been voted a player representative for the 2015 season, started all 13 games last year, coming away with 25 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss, four sacks and one pass breakup.

He carded a career-best two sacks against Oklahoma State and came back with two more tackles for loss, with a career-high seven tackles overall, at TCU.

Willis also carded five tackles at Oklahoma, and recorded a sack against both Stephen F. Austin and West Virginia.

He played in nine games in 2013 as a true freshman, including the Iowa State contest, in which he made a sack.

Willis is a freak of nature, pure and simple. Although some questioned whether he left it all on the field at the high school level, there is no doubt in my mind that Bill Snyder is mining every ounce of talent out of him.

Two years ago, I correctly predicted the coaches wouldn't be able to redshirt this specimen or keep him off the field.

It wasn't that stellar of a prediction, however. Considering we might be lucky to have Willis beyond this season anyway, why not play him immediately?

You can watch Willis' highlight video from Rockhurst High School here, but I actually recommend Googling him and finding any one of several videos of him in the weight room. The dude is a workout warrior.

There's one video of him doing a seated box jump of 57 inches and another of 60. That's more than first-round draft pick and explosive Houston Texans starter J.J. Watt did during the NFL Combine. And Willis was in high school.

A three-year letterman for the Hawklets and a 2012 Kansas City Star All-Metro first-team performer, Willis recorded 58 tackles and nine sacks during his senior season.

He was named to the MaxPreps 2012 Missouri preseason All-State team prior to his senior year, after amassing 60 total tackles and 13 sacks during his junior campaign.

Willis helped Rockhurst to a Missouri Class 6 State championship and a 13-0 finish as a sophomore in 2010.