Me Of Quicker Faster Ninkovich?
He can blast into the backfield on 3rd down and tackle the RB in the backfield. He can run all the way around the ORT behind the QB, and turn into him and flush him out of the pocket. He is a one man band in the rush. He gets into the backfield so fast. He just keeps that speed up and make plays at top speed.
He sets the edge well. Very nice suddenness in the rush He can change direction instantly. He
can break inside, then hop around the ORT outside, and then turn and hustle downfield when the QB throws to the tight end, and go and take him
down on the second level. He just moves so well on the field.
eyes. Once he reads it he has elite burst and COD to attack towards the
ball. "In the Big 12, you have to deal with dual-threat quarterbacks,"
Willis said. "You have to worry about the scramble and it changes up the whole game plan. I went up against a couple of good guys on my own team, like Cody Whitehair. He was my toughest competitor, and being able to go up against him when I was younger, to gain that experience, that gave me a lot of confidence going into
games." He is a better hand fighter than you think.
He has a nice inside fake, and then blast to the outside that he can use to get past the ORT and flush the QB. Great strong hands to push pull himself around the ORT and into the QB. When he hits guys they go down. Lines up as a wide-9 a lot. Likes to use speed and speed t power to get to the QB. But he is strong, and is a very good run defender as well.
But not always great taking on block in run game.
love his initial burst. I mean, initial kickoff. "I don't like comparing myself, but someone I learn a lot from is
Cameron Wake," Willis said. "The reason I like him is he has a good kickoff, is very explosive off the football. He rushes to a certain spot and gets there, and I try to take that to my game. He's very consistent, too. When he's healthy, he's one of the best defensive ends in the
NFL." He had a great career at Kansas ST:
One of the best defenders to play at Kansas State... A four-year letterwinner who played in 48 games with starts over the final 39 games of his career... Finished third in school history in career sacks (26.0), a mark that also tied for seventh in Big 12 history and were the 10th most nationally among active players at the time of his departure... His 164 yards of loss due to sacks are the third most in school history... Also finished ninth in school history in career tackles for loss (40.5), the first Wildcat to crack the list since Ben Leber in 2001... Had the fourth-most yards due to TFLs in school history (202)... Had seven career forced fumbles, tied for the fifth most in school history and tied for 10th nationally among active players at the end of his career... Had a sack in 11 of his last 17 games, while he had at least a half TFL in 15 of the last 17... Helped 2016 Senior Class earn a 32-20 record and two bowl
Will get fooled by the
Option sometimes, and goes for the QB consistently to cause the pitch, which is likely what he
was coached to do. Likes to grab the inside arm of the blocker and hold him off. He can get outside on the screen and tackle the WR at the sideline. He will zone drop sometimes, and does a nice job hitting the RB like a
Mike on the Draw. He can slide laterally to the other side of the line and tackle the RB.
grew up in Kansas City. "When I was growing up, I have four older brothers, and they would always have a Chiefs game
on," Willis said. "It was later on that I got into football. I remember I walked into the TV room once and the Colts were playing the Chiefs. I remember watching Peyton Manning for the first time. How he carried himself, how he played the game, and in that moment, that's when I began to love the game of football. I said I wanted to be like him. I actually was a quarterback. I was always a defensive end, but aspired to be a quarterback. Obviously it never worked out, but it showed me this could be a cool game to play."
He does a nice job holding his position against the Option, and take the RB down at the line. He is one of those odd wide body rushers. Great job using his blast off and long arms to get the corner on the ORT. Holds contain well, and when an RB cuts back against the grain, he can flow down the line from the backside and take him down. He understands his responsibilities and techniques, and holds his position very well.
kid who graduated. "I graduated in December with a degree in
criminology," Willis said. "If I'm not playing football, I can see myself coaching it. I aspire to be a head coach someday. And if not in football, I also enjoy politics and could see myself getting involved there."
Well maybe not so smart if he wants to get into politics.
Great at playing the edge on the backside, and when the RB cut back he is always
in great position to tackle him. Excellent size. Lines up at 9-tech a lot, and gets to the QB fast. Nice powerful push-pull that he can use against the run and throw the TE to the ground behind him. Knows how to use his hands to get past the ORT. He
ended his great career at Kansas ST with the
Big 12 Defensive Player Of The Year Honor:
Started all 13 games, recording 52 tackles, 17.5 tackles for loss and a school-record tying 11.5 sack en route to numerous All-America accolades and Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year honors from the league’s coaches and Associated Press... Was the fifth Wildcat to be named the league’s defensive player of the year but the first lineman to do so... Picked up Second Team All-America citations from Sporting News and Pro Football Focus, while he was a third-team honoree from the Associated Press and Phil Steele... Also named the Big 12 Defensive Lineman of the Year by the league’s coaches and was named a First Team All-Big 12 performer by the coaches, AP, ESPN.com, Phil Steele and Pro Football Focus... Was on the Midseason Watch List for the Hendricks Award. Tied the school’s single-season sack record with Ryan Mueller (2013), Ian Campbell (2006) and Nyle Wiren (1996)... His 11.5 sacks also led the Big 12 and tied for 12th nationally... Finished second in the Big 12 and tied for 21st nationally in TFLs... Forced over 100 yards in TFLs and 80 yards in sacks, the first player to do so since Andrew Shull in 2002... Had three forced fumbles to tie for third in the Big 12... Recorded a second-best 2.0 sacks on three occasions – at West Virginia, vs. Texas Tech and vs. Texas... Tallied a career-best nine tackles at Oklahoma... Had a season-high 3.0 TFLs against Texas... Only notched two tackles but batted down a career-best two passes at
He has very underrated hands. Great quick and powerful hands that he can
use to free himself up to either shoulder of the blocker. Excellent at playing the option. Plays with exceptional eyes. He reads it so quick and reacts correctly most of the time.
Excellent job leaping up into passing lanes. You cannot block him with a TE. He will destroy him with his burst and hands. Very under rated with his hands. He has a great club, and can grab a guys' arm and shove him off with great violence. He
has much better hands than I remembered. He has an excellent quick Swim.
He has great persistence going after the QB. He has that knack for hitting
the quarterback. He can not only get the Sack, he can also panic him out
of the pocket with his relentless burst up field. Much better at stacking and shedding than I remembered. He can run around the ORT and dip back into the middle to tackle the RB. He is better against the run than I remember. He can really put some speed to power, and knock the ORT back.
He got a couple of Sacks against V-Tech.
Big 12 D player of the year. Nice Swim over the ORT. He will square his shoulders to shuffle down the line on option runs. He will get a little lost in the Option, but once he sees the QB
or RB has it he will charge straight into him and knock him down. Runs himself out of a lot of rushers. He ends up behind the QB too much. Elite quick swim over the ORT upfield. He might be able
to be an inside rusher in the NFL as well. He clearly has that knack for hitting the quarterback.
has nice size. They will line him up
inside the ORT, and he can explode into the backfield untouched
impressively. They lined him up inside in odd fronts against Stanford, and
he didn't fair too well. When he can uses his hands and kickoff together,
he gets by the ORT fast enough to panic the QB. He can really move
laterally outside to stay in front of the RB. He is mainly a one move
speed guy, who likes to dip or rip. But he has a nice double shove to the
shoulder pads, and dip and/or dip and rip under move to turn the corner. I
love his arc agility. He goes up field too fast against the run sometimes, and draws
can kill him. But he gets up field, turns, loops, and curls to the QB as
well as any one in this Draft. Nice job putting speed to power, and shove
the ORT back, and then cutting in a straight to the QB (3:09). He will get
beat up a little when he gets to high to peek at the QB.
has a little hop off the snap sometimes. He plays well with his arms
extended. He's funny because he keeps his hands inside like an O-linemen,
so it doesn't always look like he is doing a lot with his arms and hands.
He blasts off a little late sometimes, and he has to learn to anticipate
the snap better, but he has some suddenness in his initial burst (3:34).
He has an odd way of always pushing the OTs back, and worming his way to the QB. I like Stanford's OTs as well. The ORT is much better than Texas's
nice club-swim that he can use to get inside against the run. He can use a
pure burst to swim to fly by the ORT. Great arc agility. He has no trouble
sharp turning inside to get the RB. Tries to chase down from the backside consistently,
but usually doesn't get there. Great burst upfield, and the ability to
jump back and grab the RB late. He can stunt inside into the ORG (4:34).
Then split the ORT and ORG after the DT stunts behind him, and get a hand
on the QB.
inside punch when running the arc. Great initial burst that gets the ORT
off balance right away. Then he always seems to be slapping the arms down
and has a great rip to turn the corner. That is a strip sack (5:12).
He will show some awareness in the rush, and back off when he senses a run
or trickeration. Nice eyes. He has such great speed up field, especially when the QB
drifts to his side a little. He gets to him real fast.
main move is always the blast off to shove and dip the corner. He was a strongside
DE only at Kansas ST, and he can set the edge and turn the RB inside. Great elite burst
off the snap that can get him to the RB as the QB is handing him the ball.
is a TFL turned into another forced fumble (6:33). Which resulted in
his teammate picking it up for a scoop and score. But
that was all Willis.
unusually moves laterally in the backfield, but he will hop back sometimes like
he is in coverage, and hustle to the other side of the field through the box
as well. When he does he can really show his speed. He will get fooled by
play action. Just a great stunter who can push three OLs backwards as the
DT scoots behind him (6:55).
Often sets the edge, and then tries to curl inside. Great COD off blocks (7:33).
But I wonder if it is a little false hustle, as he never jumps on when he
has a chance to get in on the tackle. But he is great at getting through
speed to power to get even with the QB. Then can stop, shove, and burst back to the
QB. He gets washed a lot. Plays the option with great technique. He can
even slide off the QB to get front of the elite scatback (7:42).
He loves that 9-Tech. He does a nice job finding his way through traffic,
and sometimes even makes the tackle on the RB on the other side of the
line. He can move around the backfield, and change directions to go and
get the ball as quick and agile as any DE in this Draft (8:28). He is a
splash guy who is not going to get 10 tackles a game, but a guy who is
going to give you two or three (or four;) big plays a game that help you win.
just saw Tape if a good game against a good ORT. Now let's see the Tape of
the best game of his career. He has good size and did a nice job stacking
and shedding the ORT, and setting the edge. Then he curled inside to get in
on the tackle (:01). He
used his long arms to push the ORT back, and then swam over him (:08). You
can see his nice long arms there. He gets stuffed by the ORT (:16). But
finally pulled his hands off his shirt, and worked his way around the ORT. Persistence
is one of the biggest parts of passrushing.
the speed to power. He slammed into the TE and pushed him back. Then watch
him club the inside arm outside with such violence that it spun the TE
around in a 360. That is an incredible job with his hands in the rush (:24). He
got off the snap low, and then grabbed the ORT's outside arm and to swim around him (:32). Watch
how low he was when he exploded between the ORG and ORT with his elite 1.54
10-yard Split (:40). He
hit Foreman a split second after he received the hand off.
the explosion off the line that had him bursting through the outside shoulder
of the ORT's outside shoulder, and before the ORT knew what happened he
was batting the pass down (:54). He
tried to do it again, and almost did (1:01). Watch
him use speed to power to push the ORT level with the QB
when the QB stepped up, he shoved the ORT off him and hit the QB.
didn't exactly set the edge, but made the tackle anyway. You know
Foreman is always going to cut it up field (1:20). He
slid over the ORT, and got inside to get in on the tackle (1:27). Here
he is out at 9-Tech, where his 4.5 speed should dominate. Great speed to
power to get the outside shoulder of the ORT, and knocked him back into the
QB (1:34). Watch
the speed to power (1:46). Then
the pure power as he kept pushing the ORT tackle into the QB with just his
inside arm. That is an elite 9-tech rush. Willis almost knocked the QB off
his feet with the ORT.
watch the great suddenness in the blast off. He knocked the ORT back to the
QB again with explosion to power (1:58). He
got twisted by the ORT, but still sort of set the edge, at least he
turned him inside (2:07). He stunted inside, worked his way
through traffic, and just missed the sack by an ankle (2:16). He
has a little shimmy-shimmy-shake in his shoulders (2:25). This
was rather interesting. They lined him up on the ORG, and blitzed a guy into
the ORT (2:38). He burst past the ORG in a flash with a Swim
move that left the ORG on the ground. If he is also an interesting inside
rusher he could go in the 1st.
how he pulled the ORT down, after he grabbed him, and almost powered his way
into the QB (2:49). He read the option, and then got inside to
help bring the RB down (2:56). He got off the snap a little
late, but then watch the quick hop back to get in on the tackle (3:04). Watch
the great burst the puts him on the ORT's outside shoulder before he knew
it (3:11). He broke free just in time to slap the ball out of
the QB's hands for a nice strip sack.
is just great. Watch the ORT try to go low and chop Willis, and he swims
over him like he is in a pond (3:45). He is so good at getting
his hands on the ORT's arms and pulling his way past him (3:55). Love
that quick swim into the leap to get his hands up in the QB face (4:02). Watch
the shoulder weave back and forth as he reads the option, which is one of
the hardest things for a DE to do on the field (4:10). He reads
it right and sacks the QB.
gets stuck in the middle a little, which is what the option is meant to do
to the DE. But then he went and got in on the tackle anyway (4:17). He
literally dived over a fallen teammate for his third sack (4:25). He
burst through the outside shoulder of the ORT, and he dragged him down with
an obvious hold. It wasn't called, but at least he panicked the QB into a
bad throw (4:31). He used his speed and burst to run himself
behind the QB, which is the worst place to be (4:43). But the QB
had no place to throw. So he took off back and to the left. Which lets
Willis dive into him for his forth sack.
he ran past the ORT again, and panicked the QB again (5:11). Texas
finally started trying to double him with an RB (5:19). They ran
a Draw, and the RB doesn't get the ball until Willis is past him. Watch
the great spin back to tackle the RB before he reached the LOS. That
was an incredible play (5:36). He just ran past the ORT again,
and hit the QB (5:44). Great job sliding inside and making the tackle
on the RB (5:52). That
was as great a game as I have ever seen a DE have.
• Second Team All-American (Sporting News, Pro Football Focus)
• Third Team All-American (Associated Press, Phil Steele)
• Honorable Mention All-American (FOX Sports)
• Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year (Coaches, AP)
• Big 12 Defensive Lineman of the Year (Coaches)
• First Team All-Big 12 (Coaches, AP, ESPN.com, Phil Steele, Pro Football Focus)
• Hendricks Award Midseason Watch List
• Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week (Texas)
CAREER: One of the best defenders to play at Kansas State... A four-year letterwinner who played in 48 games with starts over the final 39 games of his career... Finished third in school history in career sacks (26.0), a mark that also tied for seventh in Big 12 history and were the 10th most nationally among active players at the time of his departure... His 164 yards of loss due to sacks are the third most in school history... Also finished ninth in school history in career tackles for loss (40.5), the first Wildcat to crack the list since Ben Leber in 2001... Had the fourth-most yards due to TFLs in school history (202)... Had seven career forced fumbles, tied for the fifth most in school history and tied for 10th nationally among active players at the end of his career... Had a sack in 11 of his last 17 games, while he had at least a half TFL in 15 of the last 17... Helped 2016 Senior Class earn a 32-20 record and two bowl victories.
2016: Started all 13 games, recording 52 tackles, 17.5 tackles for loss and a school-record tying 11.5 sack en route to numerous All-America accolades and Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year honors from the league’s coaches and Associated Press... Was the fifth Wildcat to be named the league’s defensive player of the year but the first lineman to do so... Picked up Second Team All-America citations from Sporting News and Pro Football Focus, while he was a third-team honoree from the Associated Press and Phil Steele... Also named the Big 12 Defensive Lineman of the Year by the league’s coaches and was named a First Team All-Big 12 performer by the coaches, AP, ESPN.com, Phil Steele and Pro Football Focus... Was on the Midseason Watch List for the Hendricks Award.
Tied the school’s single-season sack record with Ryan Mueller (2013), Ian Campbell (2006) and Nyle Wiren (1996)... His 11.5 sacks also led the Big 12 and tied for 12th nationally... Finished second in the Big 12 and tied for 21st nationally in TFLs... Forced over 100 yards in TFLs and 80 yards in sacks, the first player to do so since Andrew Shull in 2002... Had three forced fumbles to tie for third in the Big 12... Recorded a second-best 2.0 sacks on three occasions – at West Virginia, vs. Texas Tech and vs. Texas... Tallied a career-best nine tackles at Oklahoma... Had a season-high 3.0 TFLs against Texas... Only notched two tackles but batted down a career-best two passes at Baylor.
2015: Started all 13 games, recording 36 tackles, 15.5 tackles for loss, 9.5 sacks, three pass breakups, four forced fumbles and a fumble recovery... Also blocked a field goal at Oklahoma State... Ranked 13th nationally and tied for first in the Big 12 in forced fumbles, while he was 24th in the NCAA and second in the league in sacks... Also ranked fourth in the Big 12 in TFLs thanks to at least a half TFL in nine of the 13 games... Carded a season-high six tackles against Louisiana Tech, which featured 3.5 sacks... His sack total against the Bulldogs was the second-highest for a single game in school history, the highest by a Wildcat in Bill Snyder Family Stadium history and tied for the 10th highest nationally during the 2015 season… Also had 2.0 sacks against Iowa State, Kansas and in the 2016 AutoZone Liberty Bowl against Arkansas, the later tying him for third in K-State history for a bowl game… Forced two fumbles against Iowa State, which was tied for the highest mark in the nation during the season.
2014: Started all 13 games, coming away with 25 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss, four sacks and one pass breakup... Carded a career-best two sacks against Oklahoma State and came back with two more TFLs with a career-high seven tackles at TCU... Carded five tackles at Oklahoma... Recorded one sack against both Stephen F. Austin and West Virginia.
2013: Played in nine games, including the Iowa State contest when he made a sack.
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