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#27 Willie Amos
Position: Wide Receiver
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 190
Year: Senior
City/State: Sweetwater, Texas
High School: Sweetwater
  • 2002 Big 12 Commissioner's Spring Academic Honor Roll
  • 2002 Big 12 Commissioner's Fall Academic Honor Roll
  • 2001 Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week vs. Kansas State
  • Four-Time Brook Berringer Citizenship Team Member (2001, 2002, 2004, 2005)

2004 (Senior)
Willie Amos finished his career at wide receiver in 2004 after playing his first four years at Nebraska in the defensive backfield.

Amos endured a roller-coaster career in Lincoln. He made an impact in the secondary early in his career. He played in all 12 games as a freshman, then was NU's starting free safety as a sophomore when he made four interceptions and helped the Huskers to the Rose Bowl. He suffered a major knee injury during spring practice in 2002, forcing him to miss all of the 2002 campaign. Amos returned to the field in 2003, when he served as a reserve cornerback.

He saw limited action in 2004 following his move to receiver, but closed out his career by recording a season-best four catches in the season finale vs. Colorado. His biggest performance came in the season opener vs. Western Illinois, when he racked up a career high 40 yards and two touchdowns on three receptions. The scores were his second and third as a Husker; he also made a 20-yard interception return for a touchdown against Kansas State in 2001 while at free safety.

Amos enjoyed a distinguished career off the field at Nebraska. The Sweetwater, Texas, native was named to the Brook Berringer Citizenship Team for the fourth time in his career last spring, recognizing his extensive outreach work in the community. He graduated last December with a degree in advertising.

2003 (Junior)
Amos returned to action after sitting out the 2002 campaign, but struggled to return to full speed. He appeared in five games (Utah State, Southern Miss, Troy State, Texas A&M and Iowa State) and finished with four tackles. He had two tackles each against Southern Miss and Iowa State.

2002 (Injured-Redshirt)
Amos missed the entire season while recovering from an injury to his left knee suffered during spring practice.

2001 (Sophomore)
Amos made seven starts (including the Rose Bowl) at free safety and ranked among the Big 12 leaders with four interceptions, including a 20-yard touchdown return against Kansas State. He missed three midseason games with an injury, but was a force after returning to the lineup. He made 25 tackles in the final four games, including a career-high eight stops against Colorado and Miami, when he also had a season-high five solo stops.

Amos helped Nebraska rank second nationally in pass efficiency defense (83.8) and ninth in pass defense (170.2 ypg). His four interceptions led the way for a defense that picked off 19 opposing passes. He finished the year with 28 total tackles, including a tackle for loss.

Amos had three assisted tackles in his first college start against TCU, then made his first career tackle for loss against Troy State, when he also had five total tackles and intercepted a pass. He picked off his second pass of the season in NU’s 27-10 win over Notre Dame, helping the Huskers hold the Irish to 119 passing yards.

Amos had four tackles against Kansas, and turned in a career game against Kansas State. He intercepted an Ell Roberson pass and returned it 20 yards for a touchdown to give NU a 7-0 lead early in the second quarter. He picked off a second pass after halftime and his 50-yard return set up a field goal. Amos also had five tackles and earned Big 12 Defensive Player-of-the-Week honors for his efforts. He finished the year with eight-tackle efforts against both Colorado and Miami.

2000 (Freshman)
Amos played in all 12 games, as a reserve free safety and played a key role on NU’s special teams. He had nine tackles, with four solo stops, added an interception at Iowa State and recovered a fumble against Baylor. Amos had three pass breakups, including a career-high two at Iowa State.

Before Nebraska (Sweetwater HS)
Amos played Class 4A (second largest) football at Sweetwater High School. One of four Texas natives in the 2000 recruiting class, Amos played running back for Coach Hank Dowell, rushing for 1,400 yards and 15 touchdowns on 188 attempts to earn all-state honors as a senior. Amos was selected to the Texas All-Star team that competed in the Outback Bowl in Australia in 1999. Amos, who chose NU over TCU, rushed for 3,824 yards and 37 touchdowns during his prep career.

Personal
The son of Willie and Michelle Brown, Willie was born on July 28, 1982. He earned his bachelor's degree in December of 2004, after majoring in advertising at Nebraska. His guardians are the Rev. John and Patricia Hamilton. Amos was a volunteer speaker at various schools, made hospital visits, was a member of Your Degree First and volunteered at the Your Degree First Fashion Show. He was also a speaker during Nebraska's Fall "Tour of Excellence" and for his community outreach efforts was a four-time member of the Brook Berringer Citizenship Team.

Amos competed on the NU track team early in his career, and helped the Huskers to the 2002 Big 12 Conference indoor track and field title. He ran the anchor leg on the Huskers’ 4x400-meter relay that finished fourth at the Big 12 meet. He also competed in the 200 meters.

In addition to his exploits on the gridiron and the track, he is a member of a national and world champion jump rope team, competing in the double-dutch event. With his jump rope team, Amos has performed at numerous events, including a Seattle Supersonics game. Amos is also an accomplished pen and pencil artist.

Amos' Career Statistics

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Tackles

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Fum.

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QB

Int.

Year

G/S

UT

AT

TT

TFL

Sacks

C-R

BK

PBU

PI

Hry.

Csd.

2000

11/0

4

5

9

0-0

0-0

0-1

0

3

1

0

0

2001

9/6

11

17

28

1-1

0-0

0-0

0

0

4

0

0

2002

Redshirt

2003

5/0

3

1

4

0-0

0-0

0-0

0

0

0

0

0

2004

9/0

0

0

0

0-0

0-0

0-0

0

0

0

0

0

Totals

34/6

18

23

41

1-1

0-0

0-1

0

3

5

0

0

2000 Alamo Bowl vs. Northwestern: Tackles, none
2002 Rose Bowl vs. Miami: Tackles, 5 UT, 3 AT, 8 TT; TFL 1-1

Receiving
5-94-2 in 2004

Rushing
2-13-0 in 2004

Single-Game Bests
Tackles- 8 at Colorado, 2001 (8 vs. Miami, 2002 Rose Bowl)
Solo Tackles- 6 at Texas, 2003
Tackles for Loss- 3 at Texas, 2003
Passes Broken Up- 2 vs. Iowa State, 2000
Interceptions- 2-70-1 vs. Kansas State, 2001 (20-yd TD)
Long Interception Return- 50 vs. Kansas State, 2001
INT Touchdown- 20-yard interception return vs. Kansas State, 2001
QB Hurries- 3 vs. Michigan State, 2003 (Alamo Bowl)
Receptions- 3 vs. Colorado, 2004
Receiving Yards- 54 vs. Western Illinois, 2004
TD Receptions- 2 vs. Western Illinois, 2004
Number of Career Catches of 25-Plus Yards- 1 in 2004
Rushing Attempts- 1, Two times
Rushing Yards- 7 vs. Missouri, 2004
Long Rush- 7 vs. Missouri, 2004

 

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