FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Former Lumberjack offensive lineman Trey Gilleo and cornerback Devin Willis signed free-agent NFL contracts over the weekend following the NFL draft. Both All-Big Sky selections last season, Gilleo signed with the New York Jets while Willis was picked up by the Green Bay Packers.
"We are really proud and happy for Trey and Devin to get a chance to continue their careers in the NFL," NAU head coach Jerome Souers said. "Both of them were fine student-athletes that meant a great deal to our program. They are two quality athletes and men and we wish them the best."
A native of Kingman, Ariz., Gilleo started all 33 NAU games at right tackle over his final three seasons as a Lumberjack and also started in the Casino Del Sol College All-Star Game in January. He was the leader of the offensive line that blocked for Walter Payton Award finalist Zach Bauman, who rushed for 1,182 yards last season.
The Lumberjack offensive unit averaged 173.5 yards per game on the ground (38th in FCS) and 233.3 yards per game passing (40th in FCS), and Gilleo only allowed one sack on the season. Gilleo was an All-Big Sky second team selection last season after being named All-Big Sky honorable mention as a sophomore and junior.
A transfer from Palomar College originally from Miami, Fla., Willis appeared in five games in his first NAU season in 2011 before starting all 11 games in NAU's secondary last season and earning Big Sky honorable mention honors.
He tied for the team lead with six pass breakups and had 41 tackles, including 32 solo tackles. He also recorded one interception and three tackles for loss as a key member of NAU's pass defense which allowed just 203.7 passing yards per game in 2012 to lead the Big Sky.
NAU has now had 12 players sign free agent contracts with NFL teams since 2000, with Gilleo and Willis the first to sign NFL deals since wide receiver Daiveun Curry-Chapman and safety Matt Estrada in 2011.