Oct 5, 2013; Columbia, SC, USA; South Carolina Gamecocks tight end Jerell Adams (89) is brought down by Kentucky Wildcats cornerback Nate Willis (21) in the third quarter at Williams-Brice Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Blake-USA TODAY Sports

Kentucky Wildcats Football 2014 Season Preview: Meet Nate Willis


#21 NATE WILLIS

 SENIOR- CB

6’0″ 174

PAHOKEE, FL

MEET NATE WILLIS

When Nate Willis arrived in Lexington, he created a buzz around town with the excitement of his arrival. Willis was a junior college transfer, and was ranked as the No. 3 JUCO cornerback by 24/7 Sports. He helped lead Arizona Western CC to an 11-1 record and 8-2 record his two seasons there. His height and speed advantage was also demonstrated in his ability to return kicks and punts; he returned four kickoffs for 133 yards and two punts for 135 yards and a touchdown during his freshman season.

AS A WILDCAT

Willis has had one strong season thus far, and it earned him a starting position at cornerback. He finished with 35 tackles for the season, with a season high nine tackles coming against South Carolina. Willis did not play the final three games due to injury, and also didn’t play in the Blue-White game due to a sports hernia. Defensive Coordinator DJ Eliot said that Willis was improving on the field. “I saw some progress there. He’s been out for a while now, but early I did see some progress.”

WHAT’S NEXT?

Like a lot of other Wildcats, Willis found himself sidelined in the spring due to injury. He should recover on time for the Cats summer workouts. He is the only cornerback that is a senior, so he should be expected to start and have an important role for the Cats on defense.

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