Scouts to Look at Former Illini Feb. 22-28 in Indianapolis
Illini will face UCLA on Dec. 31 in San Francisco
Mercilus Earns MVP Honors
Photos from Day 2 of Illinois' trip to San Francisco for the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl. (photos by Mark Jones & Derek Neal)
Photos from the 2010 Illinois Football Banquet
Action photos from Illinois' regular-season finale at Fresno State.
Illinois vs. Minnesota
Photos from Illinois' 67-65 triple-overtime loss at Michigan on Nov. 6, 2010. Photos by Mark Jones
ALLEN AWARDS & HONORS
2011 - Senior: Second-team All-Big Ten selection by media and honorable mention by coaches ... Phil Steele's third-team All-Big Ten ... Named the team's Most Outstanding Lineman at the postseason banquet for the second straight season ... Recorded his 47th consecutive start against UCLA in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl, tying for the third-most career starts in school history ... Named to ESPN.com's All-Bowl Team after helping Illinois to a 20-14 bowl win over UCLA ... Aided Illinois to 308 rushing yards and 518 total yards against Indiana ... Helped Illinois to 473 total yards against Northwestern ... Aided Illinois to 296 rushing yards and 463 total yards against Western Michigan ... Helped Illinois rack up 364 rushing yards and 519 total yards against South Dakota State ... Academic All-Big Ten honoree ... Lowe's Senior Class Award Candidate ... Rotary Lombardi Award Preseason Watch List ... Outland Trophy Preseason Watch List.
2010 - Junior: Second-team All-Big Ten selection by media and honorable mention by coaches ... Phil Steele's second-team All-Big Ten ... Team captain ... Named team's Outstanding Offensive Lineman at postseason banquet ... Helped pave the way for the top rushing offense in the Big Ten and the 11th-best in the nation (246.1 ypg) ... The Illini offense broke school records for points in a season (423) and points per game (32.54) in addition to producing the fourth-most total yards (5,162) and second-most rushing yards (3,199) in school history ... Running back Mikel Leshoure broke the Illinois single-season rushing record (1,697 yards) behind Allen and the offensive line ... Started all 13 games at weak-side tackle and has made 34 consecutive starts through the end of the 2010 season ... Helped UI offense post 533 yards of total offense in Texas Bowl win over Baylor ... Helped Illini tally 318 yards rushing at Fresno State ... Paved the way for 559 yards of total offense, including a season-high 519 rushing, in win over Northwestern ... Helped Illinois' offense record a season-high 561 yards of total offense, including 315 rushing, at Michigan ... Paved the way for 437 total yards, including 282 yards rushing, in win at Penn State ... Aided the Illini offense in racking up 319 rushing yards in victory over Northern Illinois ... Had his first career reception vs. SIU, catching a deflection for two yards ... Academic All-Big Ten honoree ... Preseason fourth-team All-Big Ten by Phil Steele ... Earned team's Best Effort Offense award during 2010 spring drills.
2009 - Sophomore: Started all 12 games at left tackle ... Illinois' rushing offense ranked 17th in the NCAA and second in the Big Ten ... Helped the Illini to 331 rushing yards and 548 total yards in the season finale against Fresno State ... Aided the Illini offense in racking up 476 yards of total offense and Juice Williams' 282-yard passing performance at No. 5 Cincinnati ... Helped Illinois offense rush for over 200 yards for the third time of the season against Northwestern ... Assisted Illinois to 500 yards of total offense, 377 yards rushing, and a win over Michigan ... Helped the Illini offense record 443 yards of total offense against Indiana ... Assisted an offense that aided Juice Williams to pass for his seventh 250-yard passing performance against Penn State ... Helped lead Illini offense to 384 rushing yards and 548 total yards against Illinois State ... Preseason second-team All-Big Ten selection by Athlon ... Preseason third-team All-Big Ten selection by Phil Steele.
2008 - Freshman: Earned second-team Freshman All-America honors from The Sporting News ... Named third-team Freshman All-American by Phil Steele ... Started nine games as a true-freshman at right tackle ... Played on 628 offensive snaps and 46 on special teams ... Part of an offensive line that helped the Illini lead the Big Ten in pass offense (269.3) and rank second in total offense (439.4) ... Helped the Illini offense total 455 yards against Ohio State (214 rushing, 241 passing) ... Protected for 563 total yards against Indiana (292 rushing, 271 passing) ... Helped protect for 462 passing yards and 550 total yards against Minnesota, the third-best passing performance in school history ... Protected for 501 yards of total offense and did not allow a sack at Michigan ... Helped the Illini record 533 yards of total offense, including 399 rushing yards against Eastern Illinois ... Protected for 451 passing yards against Missouri, the fourth-best passing total in Illinois history ... Enrolled at Illinois in January 2008.
High School: Named to 2007 Chicago Sun Times All-Public League Team ... Named to the Champaign News-Gazette Special Mention All-State team ... PrepStar All-Region ... Ranked among the top 30 players in Illinois by Rivals.com ... Four-year starter ... Recorded 97 tackles and two sacks as a senior ... Also blocked a punt for a touchdown, the only score of his career ... High school coach was Lonnie Williams.
Personal: Son of Lalibala Allen ... Born Jan. 8, 1990 ... Majoring in sport management ... Uncle, Shon Williams, played football at Miami ... Chose Illinois over N.C. State.