The University of Kentucky football team fell to #1 Alabama 48-7 on Saturday, October 12, 2013, in Lexington's Commonwealth Stadium.
Returning starter at cornerback ... Only senior among the UK corners ... Came to UK in August 2013 as a junior-college transfer and immediately earned a starting role ... Should benefit greatly from his year of experience.
2013 (Junior): Good first season with UK, posting 35 tackles, two tackles for loss and a team-high-tying five pass breakups ... Played in nine games with seven starts ... Missed the final three games due to injury ... Season high nine tackles against South Carolina ... Both tackles for loss came against Florida, adding seven tackles. Junior College: Rated as the No. 3 junior college cornerback in the nation by 247Sports.com ... Helped Arizona Western College to an 8-2 record last fall and a victory in the El Toro Bowl - the team's first bowl game win in more than 40 years ... Team finished the 2011 regular season No. 1 in the nation and hosted the national championship game before suffering its first loss of the season to finish 11-1 ... Solid sophomore season at AWCC with three interceptions and six pass breakups ... Had 31 tackles, one tackle-for-loss, one fumble forced and three interceptions his freshman season ... Also returned kicks in junior college ... His freshman season, he return four kickoffs for 133 yards and two punts for 135 yards and a touchdown ... Had three kickoff returns as a soph for 65 yards ... ESPN.com gave Willis praise for his man coverage, zone coverage, instincts and ball skills. High School: Focused on basketball and did not play football his last two years at Pahokee (Fla.) HS ... Did play one season at Glades Central HS. Personal: Born in Pahokee, Fla. ... Son of Bernette Willis and Daniel Willis ... Considering a major in sports management. Community Cats: Participated in Read Across America (2014). Nate Says ... My nickname is: Slick ... I wear uniform number 21 because: it's the greatest number ever ... My favorite part of game day is: everything ... The coolest thing about UK is: being able to turn up with the fan base ... My hidden talent is: fishing, baseball ... Something people might not know about me is: growing up, baseball was my favorite sport along with basketball ... What's the best advice you've ever received? Grind hard, shine hard.