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7 Malik Willis

Class: R-Junior Position: QB Height: 6-1 Weight: 215 Previous School: Roswell HS (Auburn) Hometown: Atlanta, Ga.

2020 (R-Jr.):
• CFPA National Performer of the Year Award Watch List
• Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award Watch List (Midseason)
• Maxwell Award Watch List
• Davey O'Brien Award Quarterback Class of 2020 member
• Phil Steele Postseason All-America honorable mention selection
• Phil Steele Postseason All-Independent first team
• Dudley Award winner (top player in Virginia as presented by the Richmond Times-Dispatch)
• Touchdown Club of Richmond Offensive Back of the Year award winner
• VaSID Offensive Player of the Year
• VaSID All-State first team honoree
• Three-time CFPA National Performer of the Week – Honorable Mention (Sept. 20, Oct. 25 and Nov. 15)
• Two-time Davey O'Brien Award "Star of the Week" (Sept. 21 and Oct. 26)
• Three-time Manning Award "Star of the Week" (Sept. 28, Oct. 26 and Nov. 9)
• No. 1 ranked rushing quarterback in the country (944 rushing yards, 14 TDs)
• Ranked No. 7 in the country in rushing touchdowns and No. 16 in rushing yards
• Other National Rankings: No. 8 in points responsible for (204) and points responsible for per game (20.4); No. 9 in total offense (320.4 yards per game); No. 11 in total touchdowns (14); No. 17 in passing efficiency (156.2); No. 16 in passing touchdowns; No. 22 in passing yards per attempt (8.53); No. 27 in passing yards; No. 33 in completion percentage (64.2 percent) and passing yards per completion (13.29)
• Led the Flames in total offense (3,204 yards), passing yards (2,260) and passing touchdowns (20)
• Missed the North Alabama game due to an injury
• Had a rushing touchdown in eight of the 10 games he played in
• Rushed for 168 yards and three touchdowns during his first collegiate start to open the season at Western Kentucky
• His 168 rushing yards against Western Kentucky were the most in program history in a single game by a Liberty quarterback
• Posted two 300 yard passing games (345 yards against Southern Miss and 306 yards against Western Carolina
• Tied a program record with six passing touchdowns in a win against Southern Miss
• Led the Flames to their first-ever win over an ACC opponent, completing 16-of-20 pass attempts for 182 yards and a touchdown, while rushing for 58 yards and a touchdown at Syracuse
• Guided the Flames to their first-ever win over Virginia Tech, completing 20-of-30 passing attempts for three touchdowns, while rushing for 108 yards and a touchdown
• Named the FBC Mortgage Cure Bowl MVP after leading the Flames to the program's first-ever win over a national ranked FBS team (No. 9/11 Coastal Carolina)
• Finished the Cure Bowl game completing 19-of-29 passing attempts for 220 yards, while rushing for 137 yards and four touchdowns 

2019 (Jr.):
• Sat out the season due to NCAA transfer rules

Previous School:
• Transferred to Liberty from Auburn
• Saw playing time in 15 games during the 2017 and 2018 seasons
• Finished his career at Auburn completing 11-of-14 passing attempts for 69 yards and a touchdown
• Also rushed 28 times for 309 yards and two touchdowns
• Averaged 31.6 rushing yards per game as a freshman (16 carries for 221 yards)
• Saw playing time during Liberty's game at Auburn on Nov. 17, 2018, completing 2-of-3 passing attempts and recording a 16-yard rushing touchdown for the Tigers

Prep:
• Graduate of Roswell High School in Roswell, Ga.
• Four-year letter winner
• Led the Hornets to the Class 7A state title game as a senior
• Passed for 2,562 yards and rushed for 1,033 yards as a senior, accounting for 37 touchdowns
• Class 7A AJC offensive player of the year and first team all-state
• Played his sophomore and junior seasons at Westlake High School in Atlanta, Ga.
• Also a baseball letter winner
• Honor roll student

Personal:
• Son of Shastca Grier and Harold Willis
• His uncle, James Anderson, played for 11 seasons in the NFL and was a third round draft pick in 2006
• Completed his bachelor's degree in interdisciplinary studies in May 2021 
• Birthday is May 25