Name: Myles Willis
Position: Running Back
Weight: 192 lbs.
Hometown: Conyers, GA
High School: Marist School
2013 Stats: Willis played in 11 games as a true freshman, spelling Doak Walker Award winner Andre Williams as the team's feature running back. The true freshman rushed for 346 yards and two touchdowns on 60 carries. Also caught five passes for 60 yards and one touchdown. Willis returned 30 kicks for 709 yards (a 23.63 average good for sixth best in the conference), including a 98-yard return for a touchdown against New Mexico State. His 1,115 all purpose yards gave BC two players ranked in the top 8 in the conference in the category.
2014 Projections: Willis has enormous shoes to fill following the Doak Walker Award winner and Heisman Trophy finalist as the program's feature back in 2014. The dynamic sophomore won't be asked to carry the same workload as Williams, who ended up carrying the ball 2 out of every 3 times for BC last season. Willis will be joined by fellow sophomore Tyler Rouse and true freshmen Marcus Outlow, Jonathan Hilliman and Sherm Alston in a raw but talented Eagles backfield. It will be interesting to see whether Willis continues to see time returning kicks or if his increased role on offense will force the coaching staff to look for another answer in the return game.
How'd He Get Here: A three-star triple-option QB out of high school, Willis chose the Eagles over claimed offers from Connecticut, Florida State, Mississippi State, UCF, Virginia, Wake Forest and Western Kentucky. Originally recruited by former WR coach Aaron Smith.
Twitter Feed: You can follow Myles on Twitter @MylesAhead_23. Willis is pretty pumped that next year's center has been named to the Rimington Trophy watch list.
Uniform History: John Lyons was the first to wear the #23 jersey in 1916-19. Most recently, team captain Jim Noel wore number 23 from 2009-12. The #23 has been fairly popular over the years. In addition to Noel, two other team captains have worn the number -- OLB Kelly Elias (1974-77) and fellow RB and All-American Troy Stradford (1982-84, 86).
What Does Addazio Think Of Him: Addazio assessing the running backs coming out of spring ball: "The two tailbacks - Tyler Rouse and Myles Willis - had an outstanding spring. Those are two guys that love ball. They love to compete. They're all about excellence in every piece of their life and they were very, very productive this spring."
"Both he and Tyler Rouse had a great spring. They did a lot of good things. They're still young and will make mistakes, but they're progressing."
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