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Draft Scout Matt Willis News
09/04/12 - SEPT 2 GULF SOUTH OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: West Alabama running back Matt Willis (SR, 5-8, 205, Collins, MS) earns his third career honor after leading UWA to a 44-0 shutout at in-region, SIAC foe Clark Atlanta. The senior combined for 236 total yards and three touchdowns in just three quarters of action. The Collins, MS native ran for 163 yards and two TDs on 15 carries (10.9 average) and he also hauled in two passes for 73 yards and another score. Willis' rushing efforts moved him into fifth place in the UWA record books and just 104 yards away from fourth place. - GSC football
09/02/12 - Harlon Hill Trophy candidate Matt Willis scored three touchdowns and accounted for 236 total yards while the University of West Alabama defense limited Clark Atlanta to 78 total yards in a 44-0 victory Saturday at Panther Stadium. UWA is 1-0 heading into next Saturday’s game at Samford (1-0). Clark Atlanta is 0-1 and plays at Lane College next week. “We were consistent on defense throughout and we only had two special teams miscues,” head coach Will Hall said. “Defensively we were just flying around. We held them to 3-of-13 on third down and 78 total yards while forcing four turnovers. That’s a phenomenal defensive effort. The West Alabama defense smothered the Panthers, recording 10 tackles for loss and seven sacks. The Tigers also recovered three fumbles and had an interception. Twenty-seven Tigers made at least one tackle, led by Ryan Jones with seven. Jones also had a sack and two tackles for loss. Tirelle Cullen recorded a pair of sacks and as many tackles for loss. Preseason All-America linebacker Deon Lacey intercepted a pass, while Willie Packer, Dereck Jordan and Wade Wells recovered fumbles. The Tigers sputtered on offense early, but still managed to take a 16-0 lead into the half on the strength of a 10-yard TD run by Willis and Ryne Smith field goals of 36, 47 and 33 yards. “Offensively it was a herky-jerky, not in sync night, but we made some big plays,” Hall said. “We had 455 yards and 44 points and aren’t happy. That’s shows how far we have come as a program.” Willis ran for 163 yards and two scores while hauling in two passes for 73 yards and a TD. - The Demopolis Times