Provided a notable boost to the Pirates wide receivers corps during first season on program's active roster after transferring from Southeastern Conference member Alabama ... Immediately impressed coaching staff with maturity, hands, deceptive speed and quick acclimation to ECU's offensive system upon arrival ... Expected to again serve role as a possession-type receiver but also has skills and physical attributes for big-play potential ... Earned depth chart placement for second-straight season at the close of spring drills and will open senior campaign listed as a top reserve at the "A" slot ... Could also contribute as a special teams player ... Did not record any catches in the first spring scrimmage (4/4) but grabbed two balls for 22 yards in the second contest (4/8) ... Repeated performance during the Purple-Gold Game (4/18) with 22 yards on a pair of receptions ... Recognized by position coach Donnie Kirkpatrick as the unit's recipient of the "distinction of attitude, effort and leadership" award at the conclusion of spring practice.
2008: Played in 12 games as a reserve wide receiver and member of special teams unit during initial active season in Pirate program ... Did not experience action in contests vs. UCF and Marshall ... Hauled down three receptions for 44 yards, an average of 14.7 per catch, on the offensive side of the ball while recording four tackles on special teams ... Booked catches against Southern Miss (six yards), UAB (career-high, career-long 24) and Tulsa (14) in the Conference USA Championship Game ... Tallied a personal-best two stops vs. UAB while adding single tackles against Houston and Kentucky in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl.
2007: Joined Pirate program as a transfer walk-on but did not play in compliance with NCAA transfer regulations ... Spent time on scout unit.
2006: Played at Southeastern Conference member Alabama ... Made Crimson Tide debut in a win over Louisiana-Monroe, experiencing action in two snaps.
2005: Redshirted during first season at Alabama.
High School: A 2005 graduate of Virginia Episcopal School (Lynchburg, Va.) ... Helped team to three state championship appearances at Episcopal ... Was a two-way player (wide receiver and defensive back) ... As a wide-out, racked up 1,800 yards and 22 touchdowns as a junior and senior ... Earned first-team all-conference, all-area and all-state honors in 2003 and 2004 ... Also chosen to the all-conference and all-area squads as a defensive back during his last two seasons.
Personal: Full name Franklin Reynolds Willis ... Born April 8, 1987 ... Son of Bo and Donna Willis ... Has one sister, Larkin ... Major is communications.