Kyle Hudson
Kyle Hudson

Mattoon, Ill.

High School:

Height / Weight:
5-11 / 165




2008 Junior: Caught 12 passes for 127 yards and a touchdown for the Illinois football team during the 2007 season.

2007 Sophomore: Started all 53 games he played in center field ... Hit .351, second-best on the team ... His 16 steals and .428 on-base percentage also ranked second on the Illini ... Hit almost exclusively in the No. 9 hole, with 166 of his 171 at bats coming from that spot in the order ... Had a career game against Stephen F. Austin, going 4-for-5 with a double, four RBI and a run ... Named to the Al Ogletree Classic All-Tournament team after going 8-for-12 (.667) with five RBI, four runs and 2-for-3 steals in the tourney ... Stole two bases in a game three times: at Texas-Arlington (3/11), at Purdue (3/30) and at Iowa (4/21) ... Had three-hit games against Yale, at Iowa (4/21, game 2), Eastern Illinois, at Michigan (5/5, game 1) and vs. Iowa (5/23) ... Stole 10 straight bases from 3/10-4/21 ... Led the Illinois football team in receptions (30) and receiving yards (403) during the 2006 season.

2006 Freshman: Played in 35 games, starting 34, despite missing nearly a month of action because of spring football practice ... Hit .375, the third-highest freshman batting average in Illinois history ... Hit .350 with two outs, second-best on the team ... Primarily hit ninth in the batting order ... Collected 11 multiple-hit games, one of nine Illini with double-digit multiple-hit games ... Made just two errors in 106 chances in center field for a .981 fielding percentage ... Was hitting .400 going into the wood-bat game vs. Missouri (5/17) ... Hit as high as .414 after the third game at Indiana ... Swung a hot bat on Spring Trip, hitting .458 (11-for-24) with six runs, six RBI and four steals ... Starred against Northern Iowa and Cornell (3/24), going 3-for-5 in both games ... Also drove in three runs and stole a base against UNI ... Scored three runs, drove in two and stole a base against Cornell (3/24) ... Had his first two-steal game against Vermont on 3/22 ... Hit safely in six straight games after spring football from 4/28-5/5, going 10-for-18 (.556) with three doubles, four runs and four RBI ... Went 3-for-3 in the series opener at Minnesota with a double and a run ... Did not make an out at Minnesota until his seventh plate appearance of the series ... Hit 6-for-12 (.500) in the Minnesota series with two doubles, four runs and three RBI ... Also had three hits in the series finale vs. Michigan (5/7) with a run and a steal ... Hit .600 (6-for-10) with two runs, two RBI and two steals in the Michigan series ... Led the Illini football team in receiving yards and was named the team's Top Rookie and Most Outstanding Wide Receiver ... Was named the university's male Newcomer of the Year at the year-end Scholar-Athlete Banquet.

High School
Earned 15 varsity letters at Mattoon: four each in football, basketball and track, and three in baseball ... Hit .489 in 2005 and .715 in 2004 at Mattoon ... Named All-Big 12 and All-Area in baseball in 2004 and 2005 ... Three-time All-Big 12 and All-Area selection in football ...?Named honorable mention All-State in football in 2004 ... Part of state playoff football teams in 2004 and 2005 ... Won the high jump title at the 2004 Illinois State Track Meet, leaping 6'10" ... Earned All-State honors in track 2003-05 ... Also earned All-Big 12 and All-Area honors for basketball in 2004-05 ... Named Academic All-State in 2005.

Born Jan. 7, 1987 ... Parents are Darryl Hudson and Gayle Patrem ... Majoring in recreation, sport and tourism ... Has two sisters, Kelsey Hudson (23) and Kayla Patrem (15) ... Father played baseball at Lakeland College ... Sister, Kelsey, played basketball at Lakeland College ... Inducted into the Mattoon High School Hall of Fame in January 2006 ... Personal-best 40-yard time is 4.4 seconds ... Enjoys playing golf ... His biggest thrill in sports was winning the state high jump title in 2004 ... His favorite athlete is Michael Jordan because "he has an unbelievable will to win and he also has the ability to make everyone around him better" ... Growing up, his Fighting Illini hero was point guard Kiwane Garris.