Memorial graduate works way back into Rice's starting lineup (10/29/09)
Hard-hitting senior was one of the leaders on special teams before an injury on the opening kickoff against Houston ended his career.
Was leading the team with seven special teams tackles, four on kickoffs and three on punts at the time of his injury... Saw his first action at linebacker against Texas and was credited with six tackles.
Closed out the year with 12 tackles in the last two games, including a season-high seven at Houston. Caused a pair of crucial fumbles in the Owls win vs. UTEP... Forced on on a kickoff in the second quarter to set up a field goal and then knocked the ball away from the Miner's Donald Buckram at the Rice 3-yard line with 5:02 to go and the Owls up 30-29 to force a touchback... Credited with five stops vs. Tulane after missing the SMU game with an injury... Credited with a season-high six tackles at ECU... Returned to action against Navy after missing three games with an injury... Credited with a pair of assists in the opener at UAB., but suffered an injury vs. Texas Tech.
Started 10 games at strong safety and finished fifth on the team with 54 tackles ... credited with a career-high eight tackles vs. Tulane and then matched that effort vs. Army ... picked up his first two career sacks vs. Tulane ... shared a TFL and was credited with a forced fumble as well vs. Army ... had at least five tackles in seven of 13 games ... Started 15 games over the last two seasons.
Finished the year with 33 tackles, including 11 in the final two games of the year ... made his debut against Nicholls State and was credited with the Owls' first tackle of the year, making the stop on the opening kickoff ... credited with two tackles on the night and also recovered a fumble to stop a Nicholls threat at the Rice 27 in the fourth quarter ... credited with a career-high seven tackles at Baylor ... made his first career start against Texas Tech and was credited with a pair of tackles, including one for a four-yard loss ... missed the Houston and Marshall games with an injury ... came back with 14 tackles in the last three contests ... shared a sack against Tulane.
Memorial High School
2006 graduate of Memorial High in Victoria ... District 28-5A defensive player of the year for coach Jerry Campbell ... the Vipers' most valuable player and captain ... named to all-area teams at linebacker by the Victoria Advocate and Corpus Christi Caller-Times ... helped Memorial to the Class 5A state playoffs in 2005 ... had 100 tackles with three sacks, 19 tackles for loss, one interception, two pass deflections, three forces and one recovery as a senior ... for his career, had 156 tackles, 24 TFLs and 4.5 sacks ... also competed in track for the Vipers ... carried a 3.68 high school GPA ... second-team academic all-state and academic all-district ... member of the National Honor Society, FCA and Health Occupational Students of America ... active in his church as an usher ... also recruited by Kansas State, Baylor and Sam Houston State.
Full Name: Willie James Garley, Jr. ... Born: March 5, 1988, at Wharton ... Parents: Willie and Alberta Garley, Victoria (one brother, one sister) ... Brother, Charles, played football at Southern Arkansas and Kansas State; cousin, Jeffrey Jones, played at Abilene Christian ... Rice major: Kinesiology ... Hanszen College.