Thursday concluded the practice session for the week in Mobile, Alabama at the Senior Bowl, and, by nearly everyone in Mobile this week, Liberty quarterback Malik Willis impressed and saw his draft stock increase. The players at the Senior Bowl will take a break from the practice field on Friday before playing in the Senior Bowl on Saturday afternoon. It will be televised on the NFL Network at 2:30.

Here’s a further look at Malik’s day on Thursday and what people were saying about him:

Before he could hit the practice field, Jim Nagy, the Executive Director of the Senior Bowl, recapped Wednesday in Mobile with a simple tweet of Willis and Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin. There have been a lot of ties this week between the Steelers and Willis.

Due to the weather, practice on Thursday moved under the roof at South Alabama’s practice field that is open air but protects from the elements. The scouts on hand made sure to pay special attention to the Liberty quarterback. Willis got a chance to get familiar with the facilities at South Alabama in Mobile just a few weeks ago when the Flames took on Eastern Michigan in the Lending Tree Bowl. Willis and his Liberty teammates practiced at this facility, adjacent to Hancock Whitney Stadium on the campus at USA.

At Liberty the past two years, we’ve all gotten used to his rocket arm, now the rest of the football world is beginning to take notice.

More scuttle-butt on the Steelers and Willis.

Liberty had similar drills at the Indoor Practice Facility over the past few years.


Charlotte Observer – Malik Willis, Kenny Pickett stand out at Senior Bowl

Detroit Free Press – How Malik Willis has helped his draft stock at the Senior Bowl

NBC Sports – Malik Willis on playing at Liberty: Football’s football

NFL Draft Lounge – Malik Willis sets himself apart in 2022 Senior Bowl

Saturday Down South – Malik Willis discusses transferring from Auburn, playing for Hugh Freeze

Steelers Depot – Malik Willis Interview: “Pretty cool to meet Coach Tomlin”

The Morning Sun – Are the Lions falling in love with Malik Willis?