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Jordan Willis
DE #75
Height:
6-4
Weight:
255
Age:
22
College:
Kansas State
Hometown:
San Diego, CA
Experience:
R

Quick Stats (2017):

TCKL
12
SCK
1.0
FF
0
INT
--
Career Stats
SeasonTeamGamesTacklesInterceptionsFumbles
GGSTotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntYdsAvgLngTDsFFFR
TOTAL 12 6 6 1.0 0 0 0 0 -- 0 0 0 0
2017 CIN 5 1 12 6 6 1.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
Recent Games
WKOppResultTacklesInterceptionsFumbles
TotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntYdsAvgLngTDsFFFR
1 BAL L 0-20 1 0 1 0.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
2 HOU L 9-13 5 1 4 0.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
3 @GB L 24-27 1 1 0 0.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
4 @CLE W 31-7 2 1 1 0.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
5 BUF W 20-16 3 3 0 1.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --

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Bio

The Bengals’ third-round draft selection comes to Cincinnati after a productive college career at Kansas State ... Widely considered one of the best defenders in Kansas State history ... In four years with the Wildcats, totaled 114 tackles, including 40.5 for losses, and his 26 sacks rank third in school history ... Led conference and tied school record with 11.5 sacks in 2016, en route to being named Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year by coaches and the Associated Press ... Known for his character and work ethic at KSU, College Football Hall of Fame coach Bill Snyder described him as “the epitome of what our program is all about” ... His 4.53 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine led all defensive linemen, and 39-inch vertical leap ranked second.

The Bengals’ third-round draft selection comes to Cincinnati after a productive college career at Kansas State ... Widely considered one of the best defenders in Kansas State history ... In four years with the Wildcats, totaled 114 tackles, including 40.5 for losses, and his 26 sacks rank third in school history ... Led conference and tied school record with 11.5 sacks in 2016, en route to being named Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year by coaches and the Associated Press ... Known for his character and work ethic at KSU, College Football Hall of Fame coach Bill Snyder described him as “the epitome of what our program is all about” ... His 4.53 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine led all defensive linemen, and 39-inch vertical leap ranked second.

 

     Career transactions: Selected by Cincinnati in third round of 2017 NFL Draft (73rd overall) ... Signed with Bengals on 6-8-17.

 

     Head coach Marvin Lewis says: “Obviously, throughout his career at Kansas State, he was a big producer. He had an outstanding end-of-the-season bowl game and Senior Bowl, and then what he did in Indianapolis (at the NFL Combine) confirmed his physical tools. He plays hard. And he has played a lot of football. Those guys on defense are playing almost 90 snaps per game sometimes there in that conference (Big 12). We’re really looking forward to him being a guy who joins the rotation here. Hopefully he can make a positive contribution and take some snaps off some of the other guys.”

 

     College highlights: Played in 48 games over four-year career and started every game his last three seasons (39 straight) ... Finished career third in KSU history and tied for seventh in Big 12 history in sacks (26) ... Of his 114 career tackles, 40.5 were for losses and 26 were sacks ... Seven career forced fumbles are tied for fifth most in school history ... Finished career with a sack in 11 of his last 17 games, and had at least shared a TFL in 15 of his last 17 ... Nine career games with multiple sacks. 2016—Named Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year (Associated Press and conference coaches), first team All-Big 12 (AP and coaches), Big 12 Defensive Lineman of the Year (coaches) and AP All-America Third Team ... Started all 13 games and totaled 52 tackles, including a school-record 17.5 for losses, and 11.5 sacks (led Big 12 and tied school record) ... Forced three fumbles and had one fumble recovery ... Recorded at least one sack in eight of 13 games, including four games with multiple sacks (at West Virginia, vs. Texas Tech, vs. Texas, vs. Kansas). 2015—Started all 13 games and recorded 36 tackles, including 15.5 for losses, 9.5 sack three pass breakups, four forced fumbles (tied for first in Big 12) and a fumble recovery ... His 3.5 sacks vs. Louisiana Tech were the second most for a single game in KSU history ... Had two sacks each vs. Iowa State, at Kansas and vs. Arkansas ... Blocked a FG at Oklahoma State. 2014—Started all 13 games, totaling 25 tackles, including 6.5 for losses, four sacks and one pass breakup ... Recorded first multi-sack game vs. Oklahoma State, with two. 2013—Played in nine games ... Had one tackle on the season, a sack vs. Iowa State.

 

     Praise from a legend: Earning praise from a 77-year-old College Football Hall of Fame coach may not be easy, but that’s precisely what Willis received from legendary Kansas State head coach Bill Snyder last year. “Jordan is the epitome of what our program is all about,” Snyder said in 2016, his 25th season as KSU head coach. “He comes to practice exactly the same way he goes to a ballgame. If you were unaware of the setting, you couldn’t tell the difference between what he does on the practice field and what he does on the game field. Like I have said so many times, he is a young guy who gives you his very best of every second of every minute of every hour of every day of every week. He has learned the value of that and (realized) what it has meant to him. He has allowed that to carry over into every aspect of his life. He is going to be a highly successful young guy in a lot of ways, because he is that committed to doing the best that he can.”

 

     Coach Jacob Burney says: “He’s a fundamentalist. He plays the run well. He plays with good hand placement, a flat back, good leverage, good knee bend and good hips. He’s got good fundamentals about him, and he can ‘go’ rush as well — he knows how to rush. He’s a student of the game and really studies the tackles. He’s relentless from that stand point. There’s tremendous upside with this guy.”

 

     High School: Attended Rockhurst High School in Kansas City, Mo. ... Recorded 58 tackles and nine sacks as a senior, and 60 tackles with 13 sacks as a junior ... As a sophomore, helped team to 13-0 finish and a Missouri Class 6 State Championship.

 

     Personal: Born in San Diego, but raised in Kansas City ... Is the seventh of 11 children in his family ... Sociology/criminology major at Kansas State.

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