2007 Senior: Selected in the 33rd round of the MLB First-Year Player Draft by the Detroit Tigers ... Named the Big Ten's Outstanding Sportsmanship Award winner ... Broke the single-season records for stolen bases (40) and hit by pitch (22), the career (45) and single-game HBP (4) marks and tied the single-game steals record (4) ... Set new career highs with 42 runs, 36 RBI and 15 doubles ... Tied the single-game steals record against Stephen F. Austin with four steals on 3/4 ... Broke the single-game hit by pitch record with four HBP against Ohio State (game 2) on 4/8 ... Went 3-for-5 with a double, a steal and three RBI against Yale ... Drove in three runs in the second game at Purdue ... Went 6-for-12 (.500) in the Iowa series with six steals, five runs, three doubles and two RBI ... Went 5-for-12 (.417) at the Big Ten Tournament with a double, a steal, two RBI and two runs ... Finished his career on a seven-game hitting streak.
2006 Junior: Named third team All-Big Ten ...Played in and started 57 games, only missing the 3/28 game at Indiana State ...Started 55 games at shortstop and one each at third base and second base ...Made his way onto the Illinois single-season records lists, finishing second with 17 hit-by-pitches and eighth with 25 steals ...Led the Illini in steals and HBPs, and finished second in hitting (.333), hits (69) and on-base percentage (.423) ...Put together a 13-game hitting streak from 2/26-3/23, hitting .333 (17-for-51) with 12 RBI and 11 runs ...Had 21 multiple-hit games, second on the team ...Collected six three-hit games and four multiple-RBI games ...Stole 15-of-18 bases in April, including a 3-for-3 game and four 2-for-2 games ...Led the charge against Vermont on Spring Trip, hitting 2-for-3 with a double, a triple, three RBI and a run ...At Illinois State, went 3-for-5 with two runs and 3-for-3 stolen bases, a career high ...Went 2-for-5 with a career-high four runs, a double and a steal in the series finale win at Minnesota on 4/30 ...Hit 3-for-4 against Michigan on 5/5 and 3-for-5 vs. the Wolverines on 5/7 ...Hit .533 (8-for-15) in the Michigan series ...Had a stellar final series at Michigan State, hitting .643 (9-for-14) with four runs, two doubles and a triple ...Played for the Fayetteville SwampDogs of the Coastal Plain League for the second-straight year along with Illini teammates Dominic Altobelli, Ryan Snowden and Aaron Martin ...Was a Coastal Plain All-Star and broke the league record for HBP ...Helped the SwampDogs set a CPL record for most wins in a season.
2005 Sophomore: Saw action in 37 games, starting 28 Took over the starting job at third base in 11 of Illinois' last 12 games During that stretch, hit 17-for-39 (.436) Hit 6-for-7 with two RBI and a run in two Big Ten Tournament games, earning a nod as All-Tournament third baseman Went a career-best 4-for-5 in the series finale against Northwestern (5/8) with three runs Was 2-for-3 with a double and 2 RBI in game two vs. Iowa (5/21) Started the Minnesota series hot, going 3-for-6 with a double and three RBI in the first two games of the series Was 2-for-4 with a double, a run and an RBI in the second game vs. Western Michigan (4/6) Normally Illinois' first bat off the bench when he didn't start Started 11 games at second base early in the season Also made four starts as DH Played for the Fayetteville SwampDogs of the Coastal Plain League during the summer of 2005 Was named to the All-Star team as a second baseman Led Fayetteville with a .315 average in 149 at bats Also had a team-best .446 on-base percentage and was second with 18 RBI while scoring 24 runs, third on the team, and stealing 15-of-24 bases.
2004 Freshman: Saw action at first base and second base, appearing in 31 games and starting 16 ...Was 1-for-1 with three RBI to help Illinois win a game against Michigan State early in the Big Ten slate ...Went 3-for-6 with a pair of doubles, two runs scored and two RBI in the series finale at Ohio State ...Got his first career hit on Feb. 28 against Western Kentucky.
A two-sport athlete at St. Mary High School ...Led his team in batting average as a sophomore, junior and senior ...Also led the basketball team in field goal percentage as a sophomore, junior and senior, along with earning the Mr. Hustle award his junior year ...Selected to participate in the Kentucky East-West All-Star baseball game in both his junior and senior seasons ...Was on the Presidential Honor Roll and was included in Who's Who Among High School Athletes ...Also a member of the National Honor Society and served as class president his sophomore, junior and senior years.
Born Aug. 3, 1984 ...Parents are Gene and Marianne Roof ...Majoring in community health ...Has two younger brothers, Eric and Jonathan, and a younger sister, Jacqueline ...Father, Gene, played professional baseball and now works as the roving hitting instructor for the Detroit Tigers ...Uncle, Phil, is the Triple-A coach for the Minnesota Twins ...Brother, Eric, plays baseball at Michigan State ...Lists golf as one of his hobbies ...His biggest thrill in sports was winning the Big Ten title in 2005 ...His earliest baseball memory is going to the ballpark with his dad as a kid and losing his first tooth playing catch with one of his players ...Lists his father as the most influential person on his athletic career because he gave me all the fundamentals for success and his mother because she took him to all the games.