The Built Different Podcast-Episode 20-Malik Willis


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On this episode, Zach interviews Malik Willis, the starting QB for the Liberty Flames football team. He was born May 25th in Atlanta, Georgia to parents Shastca Grier and Harold Willis, Malik Willis has had a bumpy path to the NFL. The high school star split his time at Westlake High School and Roswell High School. Willis was a four-year letter winner in football who led his team to the Class 7A state title game as a senior. He has also been named 7A AJC offensive player of the year and first-team all-state. Willis also lettered in baseball and was an honor roll student. 247Sports Composite Rankings listed the Georgia native as a 3-star recruit, the 368th recruit in the nation, the 21st athlete recruit in the nation and the 35th-best recruit in the state of Georgia. Willis committed to and enrolled at Auburn. During his 2017 and 2018 seasons with the Tigers, the athletic passer played in 15 games. The former three-star recruit admitted to becoming complacent with the Tigers after expecting to be a starter and claims the experience humbled him. Auburn coaches praised Willis for being a great teammate. After his second year at Auburn, Willis transferred to Liberty and sat out the 2019 season due to NCAA transfer rules before starting for the Flames in 2020. The star quarterback thrived in his new environment, recording 2250 passing yards and 20 passing touchdowns (to just six interceptions). He also put up 944 rushing yards and 14 rushing touchdowns. Willis led the Flames to a ten-win season and a final Top 25 ranking in the AP Poll and the Coaches’ Poll. The athletic passer was Liberty’s first-ever Dudley Award winner, given annually to the top college football player in Virginia. Willis’s teammates at Liberty praise his work ethic and ability as a mentor. The accomplished quarterback is a religious person off the field. Willis is a marketing major. He has an NFL bloodline, as his uncle played in the league for 11 years. Willis played through a left-elbow injury for most of the 2020 season.
Also, on our "House Call" segment of the show, Dr. Tim Clinton will answer a question from one of you.
Tim Clinton, Ed.D, LPC, LMFT, is the President of the American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC), the largest and most diverse Christian counseling association in the world. Dr. Clinton also serves as the Executive Director of the James Dobson Family Institute and recurring co-host of “Dr. James Dobson’s Family Talk”, heard on nearly 1,300 radio outlets daily. Licensed as a Professional Counselor and as a Marriage and Family Therapist, Dr. Clinton is recognized as a world leader in mental health and relationship issues and spends much of his time working with Christian leaders and professional athletes. He has authored or edited nearly 30 books, including The Struggle is Real: How to Care for Mental and Relational Health Needs in the Church.
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