Texas Tech lost a terrific offensive weapon with the graduation of Jakeem Grant, a speedy 5-6, 180-pounder. However, the Red Raiders have a brought on a much bigger wideout who looks like he's ready to make a big impact in Lubbock. And has also emerged as a prime candidate for our annual Freaks list.
Derrick Willies, a 6-3, 225-pound junior college transfer, has generated some good buzz since arriving at Tech as a mid-year enrollee, and that buzz has only grown since he tweeted out video of himself vaulting onto a 60-inch box from a seated position--while wearing a 10-pound weight vest Sunday.
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Last season Willies caught 49 passes for 1,115 yards and 14 touchdowns for Trinity Valley CC in Texas. He led the nation in yards per reception (23.6). The 21-year-old Illinois native, who began his college career at Iowa, won state track and field titles in the 110-meter hurdles, 300-meter hurdles and 300-meter dash.