PRO: The Titans selected Malik Willis in the third round (86th overall) of the 2022 NFL Draft. The 6-foot-1-inch, 219-pound signal caller possesses a dynamic skill set that includes a strong, accurate arm and elusiveness as a runner. A native of Atlanta, Ga., he spent three total years at Liberty, including a 2019 redshirt campaign, after transferring from Auburn. During his two seasons as Liberty's starting signal caller, he directed the Flames to two bowl victories and led the FBS with 74 total passing (47) and rushing (27) touchdowns. He was the third quarterback drafted in 2022 after the Titans traded up four spots in the third round to select him.
• In his final season at Liberty in 2021, Willis led the Flames to an 8-5 record and a bowl win. He completed 207 of 339 passes for 2,857 yards and 27 touchdowns to go along with 197 rushing attempts for 878 yards and 13 touchdowns.
• In recognition of his stellar play on the field and outstanding character off the gridiron, Willis was named the 2021 Bobby Bowden Trophy winner. The award is presented annually to "a college football player who epitomizes a student-athlete of faith and conducts himself as an exemplary model in the classroom, on the field, on the campus and in the community." The other two finalists for the 2021 award were Georgia kicker/punter Jake Camarda and Michigan defensive end Aidan Hutchinson.
• Willis' uncle James Anderson was a linebacker who played 10 seasons in the NFL, including time in 2014 with the Titans. Anderson also played with the Panthers (2006-12), Bears (2013) and Saints (2015). Willis' cousin Nigel Warrior was a defensive back at the University of Tennessee (2016-19) before playing in the NFL for the Ravens (2020) and Seahawks (2021).
• Willis says that one of his bucket list goals is to one day win the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award.
• Off the field, Willis enjoys playing video games and lists Call of Duty, Madden NFL, NBA2K and FIFA as his favorites.
• The Atlanta, Ga., native was selected by the Titans in the third round (86th overall) of the 2022 NFL Draft.
• Played two seasons at Liberty after spending his first two collegiate seasons at Auburn. In four total seasons, he appeared in 38 games with 23 starts, completing 388 of 618 passes for 5,186 yards and 48 touchdowns with 18 interceptions. He also rushed for 2,131 yards and 29 touchdowns on 366 career rushing attempts. His 74 total passing and rushing touchdowns from 2020 to 2021 ranked first among all FBS players. His record in 23 career starts was 17-6, all with Liberty, including two bowl victories.
AS A SENIOR (2021), started all 13 games at quarterback. Completed 207 of 339 passing attempts for 2,857 yards and 27 touchdowns, and he also led Liberty in rushing with 878 yards and 13 touchdowns on 197 carries. Honors included Bobby Bowden Trophy, Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award semifinalist, Maxwell Award semifinalist, Phil Steele Postseason All-Independent first team and 2022 Reese's Senior Bowl invitation. His 3,736 total offensive yards ranked second in program history for a single season. Broke his own single-season school record with 40 total touchdowns. Ranked eighth in the country in points responsible for (242/18.6 per game), 18th in passing touchdowns, 20th in total offense (287.7 yards per game) and 20th in passing yards per completion (13.83).
• Against Old Dominion (9/18), passed for 242 yards and four touchdowns while adding 77 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns.
• At UAB (10/2), passed for 287 yards and one touchdown and rushed 15 times for 144 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
• At Louisiana-Monroe (10/16), rushed for a season-high 157 yards with two touchdowns.
• Against UMass (10/30), passed for a season-high 307 yards and four touchdowns.
• Against Army (11/27), passed for 305 yards and one touchdown and added 37 rushing yards with one rushing score.
• Against Eastern Michigan (12/18), named the MVP of the LendingTree Bowl, finishing the game with five total touchdowns (three passing, two rushing) and 289 yards of total offense (231 passing, 58 rushing).
AS A JUNIOR (2020), started all 10 games in which he played in his first season as Liberty's quarterback after sitting out 2019 due to transfer rules. Won each of his first seven career starts. Completed 170 of 265 passes for 2,260 yards, 20 touchdowns and six interceptions. Added 141 rushing attempts for 944 yards and 14 touchdowns. Had at least one rushing touchdown in eight of his 10 games. Led all FBS quarterbacks in rushing yards and touchdowns. Other national rankings included eighth in points responsible for (204) and points responsible for per game (20.4); ninth in total offense (320.4 yards per game); 11th in total touchdowns (14); 17th in passing efficiency (156.2); and 16th in passing touchdowns.
• At Western Kentucky (9/19), rushed for a career-high 168 yards and three touchdowns during his first collegiate start. His 168 rushing yards were the most in program history in a single game by a Liberty quarterback.
• Against Southern Miss (10/24), passed for a career-high 345 yards and tied a program record with a career-high six passing touchdowns.
• Against Western Carolina (11/14), passed for 306 yards and three touchdowns and added 97 rushing yards and a pair of rushing touchdowns.
• At Syracuse (10/17), led the Flames to their first-ever win over an ACC opponent, completing 16-of-20 pass attempts for 182 yards and a touchdown, while rushing for 58 yards and a touchdown.
• At Virginia Tech (11/7), guided the Flames to their first-ever win over the Hokies, passing for 217 yards and three touchdowns while rushing for 108 yards and a score.
• Against Coastal Carolina (12/26), named the FBC Mortgage Cure Bowl MVP after leading the Flames to the program's first-ever win over a national ranked FBS team (No. 9/11). Finished the contest completing 19 of 29 attempts for 220 yards, while rushing for 137 yards and four touchdowns.
• Redshirted under transfer rules during his first year at Liberty in 2019.
AS A SOPHOMORE (2018), appeared in eight games at Auburn, completing five of his seven pass attempts for 24 yards. Added 12 rushing attempts for 88 yards and one touchdown.
• Against Mississippi State (9/30), scored his first career touchdown on a 67-yard run.
• Against Liberty (11/17), recorded a 16-yard rushing touchdown for the Tigers.
AS A FRESHMAN (2017), saw action in seven games at Auburn, completing six of his seven pass attempts for 45 yards and one touchdown. Added 16 rushing attempts for 221 yards and a score.
• At Arkansas (10/21), completed his first collegiate touchdown pass (four yards to Devan Barrett) and added a 48-yard rushing attempt.
• Graduated from Liberty in December 2020 with a degree in interdisciplinary studies with a focus in business and sports management. He entered the NFL in 2022 three classes from receiving an MBA.
• Attended Roswell (Atlanta, Ga.) High School as a senior after transferring from Westlake (Atlanta, Ga.) High School.
• Led the Roswell Hornets to the Class 7A state title game as a senior. Passed for 2,562 yards, rushed for 1,033 yards, and accounted for 37 total touchdowns. Named Class 7A AJC offensive player of the year and first-team All-State.
• Also played high school baseball as a shortstop, third baseman, catcher and pitcher.
• Son of Shastca Grier and Harold Willis with one brother and one sister.
• Follow Willis on Twitter and Instagram at @malikwillis.
• Follow Willis on Tiktok at @malikwillisQB.
• Born Malik Antonio Willis on May 25, 1999 in College Park, Ga.
I Learned a lot this Year | Malik Willis Media Availability
Titans QB Malik Willis addresses reporters during a media availability on Monday at Ascension Saint Thomas Sports Park.
Malik Willis Touchdown | In the Booth
Mike Keith calls QB Malik Willis touchdown against the Houston Texans during Week 16 at Nissan Stadium.
Have to Grow and Get Better | Malik Willis Media Availability
Titans QB Malik Willis addresses reporters during a Live Postgame Press Conference on Saturday after the Week 16 game against the Houston Texans
Malik Willis Escapes Pressure on 12-Yard Rush for First Down | Game Highlights
Tennessee Titans quarterback Malik Willis escapes pressure on 12-yard rush for first down.
Malik Willis REFUSES to be Taken Down on 14-Yard TD Rush | Game Highlights
Tennessee Titans quarterback Malik Willis REFUSES to be taken down on 14-yard TD rush.
Knowing What it Takes and Knowing What Your Routine is to Prepare | Malik Willis Media Availability
Titans QB Malik Willis addresses reporters during a media availability on Wednesday at Ascension Saint Thomas Sports Park.
Malik Willis' Deft Pump Fake Sparks Chain-Moving Scramble by QB | Game Highlights
Tennessee Titans quarterback Malik Willis' deft pump fake sparks a chain-moving scramble by QB.
Try to Find Ways to Win | Malik Willis Media Availability
Titans QB Malik Willis addresses reporters during a Live Postgame Press Conference on Sunday after the Week 9 game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium.
Willis 18-Yard Back-Shoulder Dime to Hooper in Red Zone | Game Highlights
Tennessee Titans quarterback Malik Willis serves up an 18-yard back-shoulder dime to Titans tight end Austin Hooper in the red zone.
Malik Willis Mashes the Accelerator on 17-Yard Zone-Read Keeper | Game Highlights
Tennessee Titans rookie quarterback Malik Willis mashes the accelerator on a 17-yard zone-read keeper.
Really Good Job by the Defense Today | Malik Willis Media Availability
Titans QB Malik Willis addresses reporters during a Live Postgame Press Conference on Sunday after the Week 8 win over the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium.
Keep Yourself Prepared | Malik Willis Media Availability
Titans QB Malik Willis addresses reporters during a Live Press Conference on Wednesday at Ascension Saint Thomas Sports Park.
Malik Willis to Treylon Burks Touchdown Against the Cardinals | In the Booth
Mike Keith calls Treylon Burks' first touchdown as a Titan during the Preseason Week 3 game against the Arizona Cardinals.
Take These Opportunities as They Come | Malik Willis Media Availability
Titans QB Malik Willis addresses reporters during a Postgame Press Conference after the Preseason Week 3 Game against the Cardinals at Nissan Stadium.
Willis Escapes Pressure to Find Racey McMath on 26-Yard Gain | Game Highlights
Tennessee Titans quarterback Malik Willis escapes pressure to find wide receiver Racey McMath on a 26-yard gain.
Willis to Burks! Rookie Duo Connects Down the Middle for 14-Yard TD | Game Highlights
Malik Willis to Treylon Burks! Tennessee Titans quarterback and wide receiver rookie duo connect down the middle for a 14-yard touchdown.
I Appreciate the O Line and My Receivers for Getting Open | Malik Willis Media Availability
Titans QB Malik Willis reporters during a Training Camp Press Conference on Tuesday at Ascension Saint Thomas Sports Park.
It Starts with Operating the Huddle | Malik Willis Media Availability
Titans QB Malik Willis addresses reporters on Tuesday of Minicamp.
Listen to What the Coaches Have for Me and Improve | Malik Willis Player Interview
Titans QB Malik Willis addresses reporters on Wednesday during OTAs at Saint Thomas Sports Park.
It Was Like the First Day of School | Malik Willis Player Interview
Titans QB Malik Willis addresses the media Friday following the team's Rookie Mini-Camp practice at Saint Thomas Sports Park.
Titans Select Malik Willis with No. 86 Pick in 2022 Draft | NFL Network
The Tennessee Titans select Liberty quarterback Malik Willis in Round 3 of the 2022 NFL Draft with the No. 86 overall pick (via a trade with the Las Vegas Raiders).
QB Malik Willis 1-on-1 with Mike Keith | 2022 Draft
Mike Keith catches up with the Titans third round pick in the NFL Draft, Liberty QB Malik Willis.
Titans QB Malik Willis Plans to Learn from Mistakes During His Rookie Season to Get Better
Willis ended up playing in eight games, with three starts, for the Titans in 2022. He finished the season the season 31-of-61 for 276 yards with zero touchdown passes and three interceptions. Willis also ran for 123 yards and a touchdown on 27 carries.
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