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    Following an impressive performance at the Reese’s Senior Bowl last weekend, Liberty’s Malik Willis will now showcase his talents at the 2022 NFL Combine.

    Willis was among 324 prospects that were invited to the professional tryouts in Indianapolis, Ind., a list that included 15 quarterbacks. The Combine holds its annual workouts from February 28 through March 7.

    Quarterbacks, along with tight ends and wide receivers, will take center stage at the Combine from February 28 to March 3.

    Willis is the fifth player in program history to receive an invitation to the NFL Combine. Willis joins running back Rashad Jennings (2009), quarterback Josh Woodrum (2016), kicker John Lunsford (2016) and wide receiver Antonio Gandy-Golden (2020) on Liberty’s list.

    Willis had an award-winning season in 2021. The quarterback was a semifinalist for the Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award and the Maxwell Award and a top 10 candidate for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award.

    The native of Atlanta, Ga., was also on numerous national award watch lists: CFPA National Performer of the Year Award, Manning Award, Reese’s Senior Bowl, Walter Camp Player of the Year Award and the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl 2021-22 Preseason Big Board.

    On Nov. 29, it was announced Willis accepted an invitation to play in the 2022 Reese’s Senior Bowl. The Senior Bowl is considered the most prominent college football all-star game in the United States and is the first stage in the NFL Draft process.

    Willis was Liberty’s top offensive threat, accounting for 65.9 percent of the Flames’ total offensive yards in 2021 (Team Yards: 5,671/Willis: 3,736 – Rush 878, Pass 2,857). Willis’ total offensive yards rank No. 2 in single-season program history.

    On the season, Willis completed 207-of-339 passing attempts for 2,857 yards and 27 touchdowns. The redshirt junior was also Liberty’s leading rusher, having carried the ball 197 times for 878 yards and 13 touchdowns.

    Willis led the Flames to their third-straight bowl win when Liberty knocked off Eastern Michigan, 56-20, in the LendingTree Bowl on Dec. 18. Willis was named the game’s overall MVP after accounting for five touchdowns (two rushing; three passing) and 289 total offensive yards in the victory.

    Willis finished the year ranked No. 8 in the country in points responsible for (242/18.6 per game), No. 18 in passing touchdowns (27), No. 20 total offense (287.7 yards per game), and No. 20 in passing yards per competition (13.83).