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Jordan Willits '14

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Jordan Willits


Aledo, Illinois

Educational Studies Major, Philosophy Minor

Jordan Willits '14 is an offensive lineman for the Prairie Fire football team.
He is a two-time All-Midwest Conference selection at his position and was
named to the All-MWC first team following the 2012 season, becoming the first Knox offensive lineman to receive first team all-conference accolades in 15 years. Willits was instrumental in opening up holes for the improved Prairie Fire running game last season, which averaged nearly 202 yards per contest and scored 26 touchdowns.

What has been your greatest athletic challenge?
I would say having elbow surgery was the biggest challenge of my career. I had the surgery after the football season during my senior year of high school. Coming into college, I really didn't know how I was going to be back out on the field. To this day I still cannot extend my elbow fully and it randomly locks on me, but I have become used to that. It's still a challenge every day.

What has been your greatest athletic achievement?
I have been able to block for one of the best running backs (Derek Mortensen ‘14) in the league and one of the best backs to come through Knox. He has broken a lot of records this past year and will be breaking more this year. It is always a great thing to be part of records and know you made that possible.

What do you enjoy most about football?
I enjoy just being able to go out and play the sport I love every day. After high school I thought my career would be over, but getting a chance to play again in college really made me enjoy it more. I cannot believe how fast these past years have gone; it is hard to believe it's almost over.

What's one of your favorite things about Knox?
I know that my professors go to the sporting events, and I love how involved they are with sports. That really means a lot to see them taking time out of their day to come support us.