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Brandon Willis might return to UCLA football team

August 21, 2011 |  7:44 pm

UCLA Brandon Willis, the nomadic defensive tackle who left North Carolina for the second time last month, is trying to transfer to UCLA for the second time, according to a person familiar with the situation who is not authorized to speak about the subject.

Willis left UCLA during the off-season to return to North Carolina. He enrolled in school but left again after Coach Butch Davis was fired.

UCLA will attempt to get Willis a waiver from the NCAA so he can play this season. If Willis is not granted a waiver, he would have to sit out for a second consecutive season and would have three seasons of eligibility remaining, according to the person in the program.

Willis originally committed to Tennessee but asked out of that commitment and signed with North Carolina. He then transferred to UCLA and sat out as a redshirt last season. He returned to North Carolina because of family issues.

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