Selected with the third of three fifth-round choice (158th overall) in the 2013 NFL Draft. First player from Rice to ever be drafted by Seattle.
NFL CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
- Played in 15 games with 10 starts in 2014. Set career-highs with 22 receptions, 362 yards, three touchdowns and an 80-yard TD reception. Also started all three postseason games, recording six receptions for 79 yards and a touchdown.
- Played in all 16 games with seven starts in 2013. Caught 20 passes for 272 yards and one touchdown. Also played in all three postseason games, catching two passes in Super Bowl XLVIII vs. Denver (2/2/14) for 17 yards.
- Caught his first-career touchdown at San Francisco (12/8/13) on a 39-yard catch-and-run.
COLLEGE: Played in 45 career games at Rice. Named a team captain his senior season, completed his career with 78 catches for 986 yards and nine touchdowns. Drafted by the Toronto Argonauts in the 4th round of the CFL Draft. After redshirt junior season was named second-team All C-USA by Phil Steele and Honorable mention All C-USA selection by conference coaches. Named to Dave Campbell's Texas Football All Texas College postseason first team. Second on the team with 313 receiving yards and three touchdown catches. Third with 29 catches. Redshirt sophomore season led the team with 425 yards receiving and second with 33 receptions in 11 games and added 3 TDs. Caught a 52-yard scoring pass from Nick Fanuzzi for his first career reception in his debut at UAB his redshirt freshman season. Redshirted his first year after reporting late to camp because of his commitment to the Canadian Junior National Baseball team.
PERSONAL: Attended St. Thomas of Villanova High School in LaSalle, Ontario, Canada. Was a three-year all-conference selection. Caught 29 passes for 638 yards and eight touchdowns as a senior on offense, while racking up 60 tackles, including five sacks, on defense. Named his school's Athlete of the Year as both a junior and a senior. Also played on a summer team, the Essex Ravens, and caught 18 passes for 473 yards and 10 touchdowns. played hockey, baseball and soccer in addition to competing in track in high school. Played with the Canadian Junior National baseball team after his senior year of high school. Team toured major league spring training sites to play against various Extended Spring Training teams as well as the Dominican Republic to play several MLB teams' Dominican Summer League entries before competing with the Canadian Juniors at the World Championships in Calgary. Carried a 4.0 GPA in high school. Parents are Mike and Wilma Willson. Majored in philosophy and political science with a business minor.