86 - Keith Willis Position: Tight End
    Class: r-Junior
    Height: 6-5
    Weight: 241
    High School: Norview H.S.
    Hometown: Norfolk, Va.
    photo         Will compete for the starting tight end job when practice opens ... The most experienced of the Hokies' candidates at the position ... Tall and athletic ... Bench presses 360 pounds and runs the 40 in 4.59 seconds ... Made improvement in blocking at the point of attack during spring practice ... Possesses solid receiving skills but must continue to become more physical ... Contributed as a reserve tight end and a starter on special teams the past two seasons ... Has seen action in 21 of the Hokies' 22 regular-season games during his time at Tech ... Needs to have a good summer preparation ... Will be given the opportunity to become a factor in the upcoming season ...

    2001: Played in all 11 games, compiling 102 snaps on offense and 46 on special teams ... Had two receptions for 38 yards and a score ... Opened the season with a reception for 31 yards against UConn ... Played a season-high 25 offensive snaps against the Huskies ... Caught his first career touchdown pass at Rutgers, a 7-yarder ... Started on the kickoff return team and worked on two other special teams units ...Caught a 19-yard touchdown pass in one of Tech's spring scrimmages ... Added a 13-yard reception in another scrimmage ...

    2000: Played on offense in seven games ... Caught a pass for a 21-yard gain in the season opener against Akron ... Was in for a season-high 31 offensive snaps against Rutgers ... Moved into a starting spot on the kickoff return team as the season progressed ... Took time out for one jayvee game, catching a 19-yard touchdown pass in a win over Fork Union ... Saw 23 varsity snaps on offense at UCF ... Led the tight ends with a 350-pound bench press during spring max testing ... Also had the fastest time in the 40 at 4.58 ... Caught four passes for 30 yards and one touchdown during spring scrimmages ...

    1999: Worked at tight end during a redshirt year ... Joined Tech's basketball team in October and split practice time with football ... Played briefly in three regular-season basketball games before returning to football full-time ... Went through the Hokies' winter workouts ... Improved in three of the four major lifts during strength and conditioning tests ...

    High School: A two-time all-district, all-region and all-state Group AAA choice at tight end for Coach Carleton Thomas ... Lettered three seasons as a tight end, defensive end and punter ... A prep All-American ... Listed as the No. 7 tight end in the nation by SuperPrep ... Named the No. 1 TE in the ACC Region by PrepStar ... Rated the No. 5 prospect in Virginia by SuperPrep and the No. 7 player in the state by The Roanoke Times ... Was on the receiving end of 21 passes for 475 yards and four touchdowns as a senior ... Also contributed 60 tackles, 11 sacks and five fumble recoveries on defense ... Against Bethel his senior year, he contributed three catches for 95 yards and one touchdown, along with two sacks, two pass breakups, a fumble caused and four tackles ... In two seasons as a tight end, he caught 35 passes for 745 yards ... Had 24 career sacks in three seasons as a DE ... A three-time all-district and All-Tidewater pick in basketball ... Also gained all-region honors as a junior and senior ... Averaged 27 points and 12.7 rebounds a game as a forward his senior season ... Finished his career with over 1,000 points and was a first-team AAA all-state pick ... Also competed in track ...

    Personal: Keith Tyrone Willis ... Born 12/14/80 in Oceanside, CA ... Son of Keith and Mara Willis ... Lived in Japan for more than three years ... Enrolled in science of food, nutrition and exercise.

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