Cal Football BIO
Joel Willis
Player Profile:
Joel Willis 1250467
Position: Defensive Back
Height: 5'11"
Weight: 190
Year: Senior
Hometown: Garden Grove, CA
High School: Pacifica HS
Experience: 2 Letters

Twitter: @calfootball
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Career Stats
Game Logs: 2014 | 2013 | 2012
Willis has played both cornerback and wide receiver during his first four seasons at Cal including a redshirt freshman campaign in 2011 but has spent most of his time on the defensive side of the ball and special teams where he is expected to play in 2015. Willis, who has seen limited action since the spring of 2014 to injuries, made his strongest contributions as a 2013 sophomore when he had career highs of 24 tackles, three pass breakups and one forced fumble, and briefly moved into a starting cornerback role for a single game at Washington. All of his career stats other than the seven tackles he contributed when he played in all 12 games off the bench as a 2012 redshirt freshman and the two tackles he had in one game during his 2014 junior campaign were recorded in 2013.

Cal Career (2011 – Present)
► Has been limited by injuries but still managed to play in 23 games with one start over the last three seasons of his first four campaigns with the program after redshirting as a true freshman in 2011
► Has played both cornerback and wide receiver as well as been a regular on special teams throughout the first three seasons at Cal and is currently playing cornerback
► Has career totals of 33 tackles, 0.5 tackles for loss (0 yards), three pass breakups and one forced fumble
► Ranks tied for fourth among Cal’s active career leaders in forced fumbles and tied for seventh in pass breakups
► Recorded all of his single-game career highs as a 2013 sophomore with seven tackles vs. Ohio State, one forced fumble vs. Northwestern and career-high tying single pass breakups at Oregon, vs. Oregon State and at Washington, as well his lone 0.5 tackles for loss (-0 yards) at Washington
► Changed his uniform to his current No. 18 beginning with 2012 spring workouts after wearing No. 17 in his first season with the program in 2011

Senior (2015)
► Missed spring practices including the spring game due to injury

Junior (2014)
► Limited to only one game off the bench at Washington State due to injury and contributed two tackles
► Missed spring practices including the spring game due to injury

Sophomore (2013)
► Had the most production season of his collegiate career in 10 games played and his lone career start, moving from wide receiver to cornerback early in the season and totaling 24 tackles, 0.5 tackles for loss (-0 yards), three pass breakups to tie for third on the team and one forced fumble to tie for second
► Recorded a career-high seven tackles vs. Ohio State, while he also had four stops at Stanford, three in three consecutive games vs. Washington State, vs. Oregon State and in his lone career start at Washington, two at Colorado and one vs. Northwestern
► Picked up his lone career forced fumble vs. Northwestern early in the third quarter that led to a Golden Bears score and a 24-20 lead, career-high tying single pass breakups at Oregon, vs. Oregon State and at Washington, and his lone tackle for loss with 0.5 (-0 yards) at Washington
► Missed much of spring workouts including the spring game due to injury

Freshman (2012)
► Played in all 12 games off the bench primarily on special teams but also as a reserve wide receiver
► Contributed seven tackles
► Moved from defensive back to wide receiver during spring practice
► Registered a season-high two tackles in a win over Pac-12 South Division champion UCLA and had one stop each vs. Southern Utah, vs. Arizona State, at Washington State, at Utah and vs. Washington
► Had two kick returns for 35 yards in the spring game

Freshman (2011)
► Redshirted
► Did not play

Pacifica HS (Class of 2011)
► An All-Region choice of Prepstar and SuperPrep as a 2010 senior when he posted solid numbers on both sides of the ball with 90 tackles and three forced fumbles on defense, while making 40 catches for 905 yards receiving and running the ball for 345 yards and five touchdowns on offense
► Also had three touchdowns on returns during his senior campaign, bringing kickoffs back for scores of 95 and 77 yards, as well as a punt for 75
► Ran for 580 yards and six touchdowns as a 2009 junior, while adding 22 receptions for 289 yards receiving and two scores
► Had a hand-timed 4.37 time in the 40-yard dash, while his best marks in the 100 and 200 meters are 10.50 and 21.47 recorded during his sophomore track season

Recruiting Notes (Class of 2011)
► A three-star recruit according to ESPN, Rivals and Scout
► Listed as the nation's No. 53 "athlete" according to Rivals, while Scout had him as the country's No. 67 cornerback
► SuperPrep listed him as the No. 83 player overall in California/Hawaii/Nevada
► Ranked No. 75 among all California players by Rivals

► Full name is Joel Cameron Willis
► Born July 2, 1993
► Parents are Ray and Joy Willis
► Major is legal studies

Willis' Career Game Highs
Tackles: 7 (vs. Ohio State, 2013)
Tackles For Loss: 0.5 (at Washington, 2013)
Tackle For Loss Yards: 0 (at Washington, 2013)
Forced Fumbles: 1 (vs. Northwestern, 2013)
Pass Breakups: 1 (three times, last at Washington, 2013) 

Last Updated
July 1, 2015

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