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Marcel Willis
#51 | Linebacker | Outlaws Roster

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Through 2001 Regular Season
Tackles Fumbles Interceptions
Regular 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0
Position: LB
College - Ohio State
Height - 6'4
Weight - 235 lbs.
Born: May 12, 1975
Last Club: Green Bay Packers (NFL)
Hometown: Phoenix, AZ
XFL P.A.S.S.: No. 268 overall pick by the Las Vegas Outlaws – 2000
NFL Draft: FA – 1998 – New York Giants

Professional Highlights
2000: Taken in the tenth round of the 2000 NFLEL free agency draft … 1999: Originally drafted in the tenth round of the 1999 NFLEL draft...Had 16 tackles, 2 sacks, one pass defended for the Admirals... Was a free agent with the St Louis Rams in 1999…Released before the start of the season … 1998: Signed as a rookie free agent with the New York Giants (4/26/98)…Released during training camp.

College Highlights
Played a key role in Ohio State’s defensive success in ‘97 season, although not as a starter...Backed up Kevin Johnson at the linebacker position and played the last three quarters of the Penn State game after Johnson went down with a sprained ankle...Started the following week vs. Indiana and had a career-high nine tackles...Finished the season with 35 tackles, including 27 solos...Also had two tackles for losses, a sack, two passes defended and a forced fumble...Transferred to Ohio State from Phoenix Junior College in the spring of 1995...Came to Ohio State as a safety but was converted to linebacker to take advantage of his combination of size and exceptional speed...Appeared in 11 games and possessed 14 tackles in ‘95 season.

Played fullback, defensive end and linebacker in high school and lettered in basketball, baseball, and track...Went the junior college route because schools were recruiting him as a defensive end and he wanted to play another position...Won All-League honors at safety at Phoenix and quickly recaptured the attention of college scouts...Grew up in Brook Park section of Ohio, but moved to Illinois after first grade...Also moved to Arizona at the end of his sophomore year in high school.

Criner’s Critique
“Marcel is a great athlete who runs very well. His speed and quickness allows him to move well in space and in coverage.”

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