AT ILLINOIS 2006 Redshirt Sophomore: Played in a career-high 21 games, starting five ... Saw most of his action as a late-inning defensive replacement in the first half of the season ... Had a career game in the second game against Western Michigan (4/5), getting the start and going 2-for-3 with three RBI and two runs ... Also had hits at Ohio State (4/8), and against Iowa (4/21 and 4/23) ... Drove in a run at Ohio State on 4/8 ... Academic All-Big Ten selection.
2005 Redshirt Freshman: Saw action in 17 games behind the plate, starting seven ... Started six straight games from 4/6-4/13 when regular starter Chris Robinson was injured ... Hit 6-for-20 in that stretch with six runs, five RBI and a double ... Scored the game-winning run in game one at Michigan State ... Threw out 2-of-5 would-be base-stealers in the Michigan State series ... Also started behind the plate against Missouri ... Named a George Huff Award winner.
2004 Freshman: Redshirted the 2004 season.
Earned six varsity letters at Prairie Central - three each in baseball and golf ... Named to the Illinois Coaches Association All-State team in baseball ... Also earned first-team All-Corn Belt Conference honors, in addition to being named to the Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette and Bloomington Pantagraph All-Area teams in baseball ... Team finished fourth in the state baseball finals in 2003 ... Was a high school scholar-athlete and a Wendy's Heisman Award winner.
Born Jan. 24, 1985 ... Parents are Jeffrey and Cynthia Ifft ... Majoring in community health ... Hopes to attend dental school after graduation ... Lists his favorite athlete as Illini basketball player Brian Randle ... Credits his father as the biggest influence on his athletic and academic career ... Former Illini basketball player Matt Heldman was his Fighting Illini hero growing up.