Malcolm Willis is poised for a breakout year in 2012, his redshirt junior season, after starting in six games in 2010 and seeing time in all games in 2011 behind now-departed seniors Drew Astorino and Nick Sukay.
In 2011, Willis recorded 33 tackles (22 solo), an interception, a fumble recovery, and a blocked kick. Arguably his best performance came in the Ticketcity Bowl versus pass-happy Houston, where he notched eight tackles.
His freshman season saw Willis seeing significant time due to injuries to Sukay and Andrew Dailey, and he impressed many fans with his athleticism. In the 642 snaps he saw that year, he tallied 54 tackles (29 solo), one interception, and three passes broken up.
Willis came to Penn State from Lackey High School in Maryland, where he played quarterback, running back, linebacker and safety. He also played basketball, and was a member of the track and field team.
Malcolm Willis during Media Day, 8/9/2012
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