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Gerald Willis | Defensive Tackle

Team: Miami (FL) Hurricanes
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 285

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Miami redshirt senior DT Gerald Willis accepted an invitation to the Reese's Senior Bowl.
Miami was a disappointment in 2018, but Willis was able to have a solid season; picking up four sacks and an impressive 18 tackles for loss. NFL Draft Scout's ROb Rang notes that there are some off-field question marks involving the 6-foot-4, 300-pounder, but his talent is unquestioned. He currently projects as a Day 2 selection, but a strong showing this winter could see him become a potential first-rounder; even in a loaded draft field at the position. Dec 10 - 5:44 PM

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Miami redshirt senior DT Gerald Willis (finger) took part in practice on Tuesday.

Willis (6'4/300) injured his finger in Saturday's win over Florida State. During Tuesday's open-viewing window for the media, he was spotted on a conditioning bike to start. He later joined up with his teammates for drill work. Consider him day-to-day for the Hurricanes' Week 7 date with Virginia.
Oct 9 - 3:32 PM

NFL Draft Scout's Rob Rang listed Miami redshirt senior DT Gerald Willis as the player who improved his stock the most after his performance on Saturday against Florida International.

Willis was borderline unblockable on Saturday -- against a Sun Belt team, it's worth noting -- but the 6-foot-2, 280-pound defender has been doing this all year. He leads the nation in tackles for loss with 10, and four of those came against LSU. The former Florida Gator has some off-field question marks, but Rang reports that scouts believe he's turned a corner. This is a loaded defensive-line class, but Willis appears to be establishing himself as a potential first-round selection.
Sep 24 - 3:58 PM

ESPN's Andrea Adelson passes along that Miami redshirt senior DT Gerald Willis was "virtually unblockable" during spring practice.

Yowza. Adelson forwarded the 6-foot-2, 280-pound Willis as Miami's breakout performer of the spring. We're eagerly anticipating his upcoming redshirt senior campaign, as he took a leave of absence from the team a year ago and did not play a snap for the club during the 2017 season. Per Adelson, coaches have been encouraged by what they've seen from Willis in his maturation as both a player and a human being this year. Willis came to Miami in 2015 via transfer after he ran into off-field troubles at Florida.
Source: ESPN.com
May 11 - 4:57 PM

Miami redshirt junior DT Gerald Willis returned to the school and enrolled in classes.

HC Mark Richt announced in July that Willis would take a leave of absence from the team and sit out the upcoming season. Peter Ariz of the Miami Herald reports that Willis "could have the option of rejoining the team in January with one more year of eligibility."
Tue, Aug 29, 2017 03:36:00 PM

Miami redshirt junior DT Gerald Willis is taking a leave of absence and will not play in 2017.

"Gerald remains part of the Miami family and may take part in designated team activities," said HC Mark Richt in a statement. When asked if Willis was being suspended, a team spokesperson said only that he was "taking a leave of absence." It was a fair question -- Willis was suspended for the season-opener last season and also for the team's Russell Athletic Bowl showdown with West Virginia to close out the campaign. In-between those two suspensions, he recorded 19 tackles (5.5 for loss), 1.5 sacks and two passes defended. He also suffered a knee injury during the season which required surgery. Consider his leave a depth blow for the Hurricanes. Kendrick Norton and RJ McIntosh are Miami's expected starters at defensive tackle, with Anthony Moten and Pat Bethel set to serve as the primary backups.
Thu, Jul 13, 2017 09:49:00 PM

Seven Miami players did not make the trip to the Russell Athletic Bowl for failing to meet the standards of expectations set by the program.

No further information as to the cause of this punishment, but the following players are not making Miami's Athletic Bowl showdown with West Virginia: WR O'Juan Carney, TE Jovani Haskins, TE Michael Irvin Jr., DB Jeff James Jr., DL Tyreic Martin, DL Gerald Willis and DB Cedrick Wright. Willis is the biggest impact player in that lot, having recorded 19 tackles (5.5 for loss), 1.5 sacks and two passes defended. He was also suspended for the season-opener. Further information regarding the precipitating incident here could surface in the coming days. Miami and West Virginia will have their bowl date on December 28.
Source: ESPN.com
Sat, Dec 24, 2016 07:41:00 PM

The Palm Beach Post's Matt Porter reports that Miami redshirt sophomore DT Gerald Willis has been issued a one-game suspension due to a violation of team rules.

Porter wasn't privy to what, exactly, pushed Willis into HC Mark Richt's doghouse. The 6-foot-2, 280-pounder initially joined the Hurricanes as a transfer from Florida prior to last season. He ranked as ESPN 300's No. 42 overall prospect for the 2014 cycle. Miami opens the 2016 season against Florida A&M, so they should be able to survive the absence of the talented defensive lineman.
Tue, Aug 23, 2016 01:41:00 PM

Miami redshirt freshman DT Gerald Willis "was dominant playing on the scout team" last year, writes ESPN's Andrea Adelson.

Willis was the No. 42 in the 2014 ESPN 300. He transferred to Miami from Florida prior to last season after running into some off-field issues. "With a new coaching staff, Willis has an opportunity to reach his potential," Adelson wrote. "Has he left his baggage behind in Gainesville?"
Source: ESPN.com
Mon, Jan 25, 2016 07:14:00 PM