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Photo courtesy of UPIKE Athletics UPIKE running back Xondre Willis (3) takes a hand off in game action during the 2018 season at the Hamblet Athletic Complex in Pikeville, Ky.

PIKEVILLE, Ky. - Former Belfry High School and current UPIKE running back Xondre Willis received high honors earlier this month as he was named to the 2019 Kentucky Collegiate All-Commonwealth Team by the Kentucky Pro Football Hall of Fame.

The Kentucky Collegiate All-Commonwealth Team is a preseason recognition award for football players attending a Kentucky college or university.

This designation/award honors select collegiate football players whose leadership on the field and in the classroom has demonstrated the potential leadership needed to carry that success into the game of life. These nominated players represent some of the most outstanding athletes in the Commonwealth.

Willis is one of 67 football players recognized in the Commonwealth State and he was joined by teammates Willie McCloud, Chase Richardson, and Brandon Gibson.

Willis is a 2015 graduate of Belfry High School where he played all four years for coach Philip Haywood and was a part of three state championship teams from 2013-15 and was on the state runner-up team in 2012.

He is already one of the most successful UPIKE football players in the history of the program as he is the only running back ever to have multiple 1,000 yard seasons.

He rushed for 1,007 yards and six touchdowns during his sophomore season and totaled 1,074 yards last year in his junior season and scored eight touchdowns.

He already has eight career 100-yard games and one career 200-yard game when he put up 257 yards in a game on Oct. 21, 2017 at Union.

Willis has a chance to become the all-time leading rusher at UPIKE with a solid senior season in 2019.

The awards will be handed out to the players during the Kentucky Pro Football Hall of Fame 2019 Induction Ceremony which will take place at the Lexington Opera House on June 21 at 7 p.m.

Tickets for the ceremony can be purchased through Ticketmaster or on the Lexington Opera House website.

Jarrid McCormick is a sports reporter for the Williamson Daily News. He can be reached by email at jmccormick@HDMediaLLC.com.

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