2017 NFL Draft: Myles Willis, Boston College Eagles
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Justin David Kish: Thank you so much for your time Myles. Can you please tell us a little bit about yourself?
Myles Willis: My name is Myles Willis and I am a running back/kick returner for the Boston College Eagles. I am from Atlanta, GA and played high school ball at Marist School as a triple option quarterback, leading my team to the semifinals my senior year coming up short against former Ohio State and current New Orleans Saints safety Vonn Bell. Final high school touchdown I was able to beat him to the corner and race down the sideline for a late fourth quarter touchdown.
Justin David Kish: You played your college career at Boston College. Tell us about your time spent with the Eagles?
Myles Willis: Boston College was an amazing experience. I was able to live out my dreams and make big plays against schools I grew up watching. My first collegiate touchdown came on a wheel route against the Florida State Seminoles and my first rushing touchdown was a 40 yard run in Death Valley against Clemson. I had the opportunity to play in some historic venues such as Yankee Stadium for the Pinstripe Bowl, Aviva Stadium in Ireland, Ford Field and even Fenway Park!
Justin David Kish: During your time with the Golden Eagles you were coached by offensive coordinator’s Todd Fitch and Ryan Day. How has the coaching staff at Boston College improved you as a player?
Myles Willis: The coaching staff at Boston College has made me a better player by constantly challenging me to take on different roles.
Justin David Kish: Playing in the ACC you played against Syracuse, Wake Forest and Clemson on a yearly basis. What is one game that really brought you to your limits and brought out the best in you?
Myles Willis: I had the fortune of playing in the ACC and watching it become the most competitive conference in the NCAA. Being from Atlanta, GA I always got up for the Clemson game. Many of those guys I competed against in high school or trained with in the off season and I knew it was an awesome opportunity to showcase my skills at make a statement for my university against one of the nation’s perennial powers
Justin David Kish: Playing the ACC you have competed against some of the best defensive talent in the nation. What was one player that you an challenge and how did you fare?
Myles Willis: As a defensive unit I always knew to buckle my chin strap tighter against Louisville. Very aggressive, hard hitting unit that was not afraid to let you know their intentions. Player wise, Jaylon Smith from Notre Dame was a very impressive LB with the best display of speed, quickness and size I ever saw. I am happy to say that I was able to make him miss on an inside zone run.
Justin David Kish: In 2016 you were named team captain for the Eagles. How big of an honor is it to get voted as team captain?
Myles Willis: Being named Team Captain was a tremendous honor but one that I had expected. Since my freshman year I have always carried myself as a leader and being a loyal, supportive and inspirational teammate.
Justin David Kish: When you look back on your career at Boston College you created so many great memories. What is one memory that stands out from the rest?
Myles Willis: Without a doubt the upset victory against #9 USC was a moment that will standout whenever I think back on my time on the Heights. It was a perfect Friday night as everything lined up perfectly and I was able to share the moment with my parents and grandparents in attendance.
Justin David Kish: What does it mean to be a Eagle?
Myles Willis: Being an Eagle means being a complete person, constantly looking to advance in various aspects of your life. The Boston College campus encourages its students and faculty to always seek improvement and discourages complacency.
Justin David Kish: You are now headed off for the 2017 NFL Draft. How are you currently preparing yourself for the draft and who are you working with?
Myles Willis: I have been preparing at Exceed Sports Performance training in Woburn, MA. I am thankful for the opportunity to train hard for the NFL while also finishing school.
Justin David Kish: During your time at Boston College you played alongside quarterback Patrick Towles. What kind of relationship do you and Patrick have and will you guys be working together during the draft process?
Myles Willis: Patrick Towles is one of those guys that you meet and feel as though you had known for a long time. He is a very genuine, humble and hard working guy and I am excited to be able to work with him at Pro Day.
Justin David Kish: When you look at the other running back prospects in the 2017 NFL Draft how do you standout from the rest?
Myles Willis: Comparing myself to other prospects I believe that I standout because I have a robust understanding of different offensive philosophies and blocking schemes. I had three different offensive coordinators throughout my career. I understand power schemes as well as zone run schemes as well as understanding defensive fronts and coverage. Also, I have four years of return experience and have made valuable contributions on special teams.
Justin David Kish: What is one aspect of your game do you consider your biggest strength?
Myles Willis: My speed and quickness is my biggest strength. I have the speed to come in and change the flow of a game as exhibited in some of my bigger runs throughout my college career. In the USC game my sophomore year we were down 10-0 and backed up deep on our side of the field I was able to spring a long run on an inside zone run that flipped the field and really opened up our offense and changed the complexion of the game.
Justin David Kish: What is one area of your game that you are constantly improving on?
Myles Willis: I am improving on being comfortable being utilized in different areas on the field. With my speed and quickness I believe I can make valuable contributions catching passes out of the backfield and matching up with backers and safeties in space.
Justin David Kish: How is your preparation for game day like?
Myles Willis: Gameday I a wild ride of different emotions. I experience nerves and relaxation to determination. Ultimately, I fill my heart with my family, friends and coaches who have helped me get to the position I am currently in and have confidence in my ability. My main purpose is to make them proud in all that I do.
Justin David Kish: What were your on the field responsibilities at Boston College?
Myles Willis: While at Boston College I was responsible with kick off return duties and punt protection on special teams. On offense I held responsibilities in the run game as well as pass protection.
Justin David Kish: What was your chemistry like with your team at Boston College?
Myles Willis: At BC we had tremendous chemistry. I love and respected every single man in the locker room and I know those feelings were reciprocated.
Justin David Kish: What have you learned from your past mistakes?
Myles Willis: Past mistakes have awarded me with the opportunity to learn. I have learned the importance of film study and overall preparation. Many times my opportunities were limited however I had to show patience and resiliency, understanding that the only opportunity that matters is the one that is coming soon.
Justin David Kish: In the next couple of questions I am going to put you on the spot. My first question. If you could compare yourself to any current NFL running back who would you compare yourself to and why?
Myles Willis: Jerrick McKinnon, RB for the Minnesota Vikings. I actually followed him since his high school days as his school played my high school in the first round of the playoffs during my freshman year. I actually had the responsibility of playing him on the scout team to help our defense prepare. He had an awesome career at Georgia Southern and has made explosive plays for the Vikings.
Justin David Kish: My final question. If I was an NFL General Manager why should I draft Myles Willis?
Myles Willis: You should draft Myles Willis because he embodies everything that you come to expect from a Boston College athlete and more. In addition to my athletic ability, I am a humble, hardworking, appreciative and respectful player who will never do anything to shed a negative light on the organization that has presented me with a wonderful opportunity.