Willis Wilson, a walk-on running back at Washington for three seasons before transferring to Hawaii this year, has died in an apparent drowning, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser is reporting.
He was 21.
Wilson, a graduate of Lakes High in Lakewood, was named UW’s Brian Stapp Special Teams Scout Player of the Year after the 2010 season. He had one carry for the Huskies in 2012, his last season at UW.
From the Star-Advertiser:
According to a Honolulu Fire Department report, Wilson was among a group of three men and two women who were wading in shallow water early this morning. At about 4:30 a.m., they noticed that Wilson was not with them.
HFD and Coast Guard rescuers were summoned. A couple of hours later, Wilson’s body was recovered.
Wilson was a walk-on running back at the University of Washington for three years before transferring to UH this past summer.
Wilson was a backup here. He was on the travel roster for the Rainbow Warriors’ first three games. This past Monday, Wilson rushed nine times for 115 yards and two touchdowns in an intrasquad scrimmage on the Manoa campus.
In discussing his role for next year, Wilson said: “You can never predict the future. I take it one day at a time. I love it here.”
Wilson was not among the 64 players who spent last night in a Waikiki hotel ahead of today’s game against Army. The players not on the hotel list join the rest of the team at Aloha Stadium.
Wilson’s father, Jack Wilson Jr., is a former UH football player.