|44 Luke Willson
Versatile two-sport athlete brings international experience to the Owls... Has displayed a love of the game... Combines great enthusiasm with a desire to learn.
Wayne Graham said -- "Luke was kind of an unknown, but in the times we've seen him swing the bat he has the potential to be a good ballplayer. We're quite sure of that."
At Rice -- Fall 2008: Reserve tight end on the Owls' football team... Gained a redshirt season for the school record-tying 10-3 squad that won the Texas Bowl at nearby Reliant Stadium... Coached by David Bailiff, the 2008 C-USA Coach of the Year.
International -- Played with the Canadian Junior National baseball team in the spring and summer of 2008... 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' Domincan Summer League entries... Completed the summer with the Canadian Juniors at the World Championships in Calgary.
High School -- A 2008 graduate of St. Thomas of Villanova in LaSalle, Ontario, Canada... Maintained a 4.0 grade point average and was a multi-sport star in baseball, football, ice hockey, track & field and soccer... Named the Widlcats' athlete of the year as a sophomore, junior and senior... Three-year all conference selection in football... Caught 29 passes for 638 yards and eight touchdowns as a senior on offense, while racking up 60 tackles, including five sacks, on defense.
Personal -- Full Name: Luke Michael Willson. Born Jan. 15, 1990 in Windsor, Ontario. Parents: Mike and Wilma Willson of LaSalle, Ontario, (two brothers, one sister). Father played football for the University of Windsor. Both brothers played football for the University of Western Ontario and an uncle played basketball for the University of Detroit. College: Lovett.