2009 - Junior: Made two appearances on the season with one start ... Battled arm trouble throughout the season ... Started against Notre Dame in the second game of the season, allowing four runs in four innings ... Also gave up one run in one inning of relief against SIUE on April 1 ... Pitched 25 innings over eight appearances during the summer for the Crestwood Panthers of the Chicago Suburban Baseball League.
2008 - Sophomore: Named to the All-Big Ten third team as a starting pitcher ... Named to the All-Big Ten Tournament team ... Had 13 appearances on the season with 11 starts, including eight in Big Ten play ... Won five of his last six starts ... Tossed his first career complete game against Ohio State to open the Big Ten Tournament, allowing four hits, two unearned runs, no walks and striking out four ... Had one of his best starts at Ohio State on May 9, allowing just one earned run in six innings before the game was suspended by rain and his start was cut short ... Led the team and tied for third in the Big Ten with eight wins ... Allowed only 19 walks, which ranked second in the Big Ten ... Became Illinois' No. 1 starter against Eastern Kentucky on Spring Trip, allowing four runs in 6 2/3 innings with seven strikeouts ... Earned his first win of the season against Kansas then defeated Michigan State to start Big Ten play ... Fired a then-career high eight innings at Minnesota, allowing just two runs on six hits ... Received amazing run support, averaging 8.1 runs of support per game ... Recorded a career-high eight strikeouts in six innings against Northwestern ... Played for the Rochester Honkers of the Northwoods League along with Illini teammates Aaron Johnson and Craig Lutes.
2007 - Freshman: Made 10 apperances on the season with five starts ... Made his first start against Robert Morris, not allowing an earned run in four innings of work ... Got his first career win the next week against Blackburn, giving up two runs - one earned - on five hits with five strikeouts in five innings ... Defeated Southern Illinois with five solid innings in his third start ... Earned his first career Big Ten start against Michigan on May 6 ... Also started against Indiana on May 13 ... Tossed a scoreless inning of relief against Minnesota on May 24 ... Played for the Crestwood Panthers of the Chicago Suburban Baseball League over the summer ... Led the Panthers to the NBC World Series, where they finished third.
In 2006, had a 1.26 ERA and 5-2 record with two saves ... Named an All-Central Suburban League pitcher in 2006 ... Played in the 2006 Senior All-Star Game (Central Suburban League) ... Earned 2005 MVP and Pitcher of the Year Award at Maine South High School ... Named 2006 Maine South Pitcher of the Year ... Coached by William Milano.
Born Dec. 21, 1987 ... Parents are Chuck and Joan Manson ... Majoring in sport management ... Father, Chuck, played basketball at Illinois-Chicago ... Honor roll student all four years of high school ... Lists biggest thrill in sports as beating state-ranked Glenbrook North in the IHSA state playoffs ... Lists C.C. Sabathia as his favorite athlete.