2001: Appeared in nine games on special teams and as a back-up tight end.
2000: Played in eight games for the Illini … Earned Academic All-Big Ten honors … George Huff Award winner for consecutive semesters with a 3.00 or higher GPA.
1999: Redshirted the 1999 season.
High School: Three-time All-Central State 8 Conference selection … All-state selection by Chicago Sun-Times, Champaign News-Gazette, IHSA Coaches Association and Chicago Tribune … Honorable mention selection by USA Today … Played tight end and middle linebacker at Chatham Glenwood H.S. for Coach Dan Rourke . . . Caught 71 passes for 1,236 yards and 18 touchdowns as a senior … Set school records for receptions, yards, and touchdowns in a single season as a senior, breaking his own marks previously set as a junior and as a sophomore … Helped lead team to 14-0 record and IHSA Class 4A championship during senior season … Helped lead Glenwood to consecutive Central State 8 conference championships in 1997 and 1998 . . . Earned four letters in football, four in basketball and two in track … Was first freshman in school history to start as a freshman in football … Earned all-conference accolades in basketball.
Personal: Full given name is Kenneth Raymond Boyle Jr. … Nickname is Kenny … Born Feb. 19, 1981 in Springfield … The son of Jeanne Boyle … Has four sisters and one brother … Father, the late Ken Sr., was a member of the University of Illinois Board of Trustees from 1989-95 and served as chairman of the board in 1994 … Majoring in speech communications … Member of National Honor Society and named to honor roll … Involved in Fellowship of Christian Athletes . . . Hosted GCNN-23 sports news show in high school . . . Favorite athlete is tight end Shannon Sharpe . . . Fighting Illini athletic heroes as a youngster were Howard Griffith and Jeff George . . . Lists most memorable sports moment as winning state championship in football as a senior and winning the 8th grade state basketball championship.