Barton, Bentley, Karras, Monheim, Ward All Honorable Mention Selections
Honoring "The Galloping Ghost" for Homecoming, Illinois played a spirited four quarters of football.
V'Angelo Bentley's fourth-quarter scoop and score proved the difference in win.
Postgame Notes - Illinois vs. Minnesota, October 25 2014
Postgame Quotes - Illinois vs. Minnesota, October 25 2014
Photos from Illinois Football's 2013 postseason awards banquet, Dec. 8, 2013, at I Hotel. (Mark Jones/Illinois Athletics)
Illinois vs. Ohio State - November 16, 2013
Illinois vs. Miami (Ohio) - September 28, 2013
Illinois vs Southern Illinois-August 31, 2013
Illinois vs Western Michigan 9/1/2012
2014 Junior: Honorable Mention All-Big Ten ... Started 12 of 13 games, missing the Northwestern game because of injury ... Recorded 46 tackles, 3.5 TFLs, an interception, two PBUs and two forced fumbles ... Also had an interception return for TD (TXST) and a fumble return for TD (game-winning TD vs. MINN) ... Led the team with 692 kick return yards and 123 punt return yards ... Only player in Illinois history with a kickoff return, punt return, interception return and fumble return for TD in his career ... Finished 15th in FBS and third in the Big Ten in combined kick returns with 815 total return yards ... Had game-winning 12-yard fumble return for a TD against Minnesota in fourth quarter ... Recorded a career-high eight tackles, including a career-high two TFLs, at Wisconsin ... Added to his list of highlight-reel plays with a 45-yard interception return for a touchdown and a 40-yard punt return against Texas State.
2013 Sophomore: Played in 10 games and started at cornerback in eight, while also serving as the primary return man ... Led the Big Ten and ranked seventh nationally in punt return average (15.8), a mark that ranked third in a season in school history ... Became the first player in Illinois history to return a punt and a kickoff for touchdowns in the same season ... Earned Illinois Point Award as top Defensive Skill Player at annual postseason banquet ... Posted 22 tackles, one interception, 4.0 TFLs, two PBUs and one QB hurry on defense ... Returned 31 kickoffs for 663 yards (21.4 ypr) with one touchdown, and returned 12 punts for 189 yards (15.8 ypr) with one touchdown on the campaign ... Picked off his first career pass to seal the win at Purdue ... Also had one TFL and two PBUs against the Boilers ... Returned a punt 67 yards for a touchdown against Ohio State ... Saw action against Indiana as a kick returner only ... Recorded a career-best six tackles, including one TFL, against Washington ... Returned a kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown against SIU, tying the longest play in school history and marking the longest return by a single player in school history ... Also, recorded four tackles, including a TFL, against SIU ... Academic All-Big Ten honoree.
2012 Freshman: Played in all 12 games as a true-freshman, totaling 11 tackles, three pass break-ups, one forced fumble and one blocked kick ... Made two tackles at Northwestern ... Recorded a tackle against Purdue, Minnesota, Ohio State, Indiana and Michigan ... Registered two tackles and his first career forced fumble at Wisconsin ... Blocked a field goal, marking the first block of the year for the Illini, and recorded one tackle against Penn State ... Made first career tackle and had three PBUs in victory over Charleston Southern.
High School: Rated a three-star recruit by Rivals.com and Scout.com ... Rated as the No. 19 cornerback nationally by Tom Lemming ... Played in the Semper Fi All-America Game in Arizona ... Glenville won 2011 Cleveland city championship ... Member of 2009 team that played in the Division 1 state title game ... Runs a 4.47 40-yard dash ... Also was a key member of Glenville's track and field squad ... High school teammate of fellow Illini signee Justin Hardee ... High school coach was Ted Ginn, Sr.
Personal: Full name is V'Angelo Demerius Bentley ... First name pronounced vee-AN-juh-low ... Son of Vernon Bentley and Angela Pope ... Born Nov. 4, 1993 ... Majoring in communication ... Chose Illinois over Iowa, Kansas, Pittsburgh, Air Force, Toledo, Ohio, Kent State and Bowling Green ... Mother, Angela, served two tours in the Afghanistan war and retired from the Air Force after 25 years of service.
Updated June 2015