Brown, Lankford & Wilson singed as Free Agents; Harris & Hull to get Tryouts
Seven Former Illini Worked Out for 19 NFL Scouts on Thursday
Linebacker Accepts Invitation to Showcase Skills for NFL Scouts
Scheelhaase, Hull, Kynard and Brown Voted 2013 Captains
Bates, Hull Both Honorable Mention Selections
Photos from Illinois Football's 2013 postseason awards banquet, Dec. 8, 2013, at I Hotel. (Mark Jones/Illinois Athletics)
Illinois vs. Purdue Nov. 23, 2013
Illinois vs. Ohio State - November 16, 2013
Illinois vs. Michigan State - Oct. 26, 2013
Illinois vs. Wisconsin - October 19, 2013
2013 - Senior: Second-team All-Big Ten selection by the media, honrable mention by the coaches ... Named team's Outstanding Defensive Player at annual postseason banquet ... Started all 12 games and led the team in tackles (119), tackles for loss (15.0), sacks (5.0) and tied for the team lead in PBUs (4) ... Ranked second in the Big Ten and 18th nationally with 9.9 tackles per game ... Ranked fourth in the Big Ten in 29th in the nation in TFLs per game (1.25) ... Posted nine or more tackles in seven games ... Tied career highs with 17 total tackles and nine solo tackles vs. Northwestern ... Had eight tackles, two TFLs and a sack at Purdue ... His TFL on Ohio State's Carlos Hyde was Hyde's first rush for negative yardage in 104 carries in 2013 ... Recorded a sack, 2.0 TFLs and his third career interception at Indiana ... Tied a career high with 4.0 TFLs against Nebraska ... Led the team in tackles in the first five games of the season: 13 against Nebraska, nine against Miami (Ohio), 15 against Washington, 14 against Cincinnati and nine against SIU ... Also had a sack, 1.5 TFLs and a career-best two QB hurries against Washington ... Recorded a half-sack and 1.0 TFL against Cincinnati.
2012 - Junior: Honrable mention All-Big Ten selection by the media ... Butkus Award semifinalist ... Played in nine games, missing the final three games with a shoulder injury ... Had 59 tackles and led the team in TFLs with 9.5 for 37 yards despite missing most of the Ohio State game and the Northwestern, Purdue and Minnesota games due to injury ... Also added 2.5 sacks, one pass break-up, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery ... Registered four tackles, including one for a loss at Ohio State before leaving the game with an injury late in the first quarter ... Led team with 11 tackles, including two TFLs and one sack against Indiana ... Made six tackles at Michigan ... Recorded nine tackles, including 1.5 TFLs, at Wisconsin ... Recorded six tackles, including 1.5 TFLs and a half-sack against Louisiana Tech ... Had five tackles and half-TFL against Charleston Southern ... Registered a game-high nine tackles, including 2.5 TFLs and a half-sack at Arizona State ... Recorded six tackles, had a half-sack, a PBU, and forced and recoverd a fumble in season-opening win over Western Michigan ... Named to preseason watch lists for five major awards (Nagurski Trophy, Bednarik Award, Rotary Lombardi Award, Lott IMPACT Trophy & Butkus Award) ... Named a preseason fourth-team All-American and first-team All-Big Ten selection by Phil Steele.
2011 - Sophomore: Named second-team All-Big Ten by the media and was an honorable mention selection by the coaches ... Ranked sixth in the nation in TFLs with 1.63 per game ... Led the Big Ten in TFLs in conference games with 2.07 per game ... Named the team's Most Improved Player at the annual postseason banquet ... Played in 12 games, making 11 starts at outside linebacker ... Led team with 108 tackles and had 19.5 TFLs, 6.0 sacks, four pass break-ups, three hurries, two fumble recoveries, one interception and one forced fumble on the season ... Notched six tackles, a half-TFL and a QB hurry in Illinois' win over UCLA in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl ... Recorded 14 tackles, including a career-high nine solos, along with a half-sack against Minnesota ... Had 10 tackles, a career-high 4.0 TFLs, a 28-yard fumble return, one sack and one QB hurry against Wisconsin ... Recorded nine tackles, 3 TFLs and one QB hurry against Michigan ... Led Illinois with 11 tackles, 2.5 TFLs, one sack, two PBUs, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery against Penn State ... Had a team-high 11 tackles and a half-TFL against Purdue ... Notched a career-high 17 tackles, 2.5 TFLs and 1.5 sacks against Ohio State, the most tackles by an Illini since 2008 ... Led the team with 11 tackles against Northwestern ... Earned Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week after posting seven tackles, 3.5 TFLs, 1.5 sacks and intercepting a pass against Arizona State ... Made first career start against Arkansas State, recording six tackles and one TFL.
2010 - Freshman: Played in 12 games as a true freshman, totaling 31 tackles, 1.5 TFLs, a half-sack, one interception and one forced fumble ... Tallied five tackles, a half-sack and first career forced fumble in Texas Bowl win over Baylor ... Tied team high with a career-best eight tackles, including five solos and first career TFL, in win over Purdue ... Returned the first interception of his career 66 yards for a touchdown in win over Indiana ... Aided the Illini defense in holding Penn State's offense to under 70 yards rushing ... Made his first career appearance in win over Southern Illinois, recording five tackles.
High School: A three-star recruit by Rivals.com ... Named to The Memphis Commercial Appeal "Best of the Preps" team ... PrepStar All-Southeast Region ... Named to the Tennessee Football Coaches Association All-State team ... Rated the ninth-best prospect in the state of Tennessee ... 2009 All-Metro team ... A three-star recruit by Scout.com ... Rated the 24th-best linebacker by Rivals.com ... Tennessee Sports Writers Association 2009 All-State Team ... Registered 96 tackles, 12 for loss, three sacks, two passes broken up and one interception as a senior ... Rushed for 678 yards and 12 touchdowns ... Ranked the 40th-best linebacker by Scout.com ... Touchdown Club of Memphis Defensive 2009 Player of the Year ... Recorded a 350 bench press and 300 power clean ... High school coach was Kevin Locastro.
Personal: Son of Candace Kinley and Rod Brown ... Born June 22, 1992 ... Majoring in communication ... Chose Illinois over Ole Miss, Arkansas, Memphis, Kentucky, Texas Tech and Mississippi State.Career Highs
Tackles: 17, twice (last vs. Northwestern, 11/30/13)
Solos: 9, twice (last vs. Northwestern, 11/30/13)
TFLs: 4.0, twice (last vs. Nebraska, 10/5/13)
Sacks: 1.5, twice (last vs. Ohio State, 10/15/11)
QB Hurries: 2 vs. Washington, 9/14/13
Fumbles Forced: 1, 4x (last vs. Michigan St, 10/26/13)
Fumbles Recovered: 1, 3x (last vs. W. Michigan, 9/1/12)
PBUs: 2 at Penn State, 10/29/11
Interception: 1, 3x (last at Indiana, 11/9/13)
Interception Return Yards: 66 vs. Indiana, 10/23/10
Touchdowns: 1 vs. Indiana, 10/23/10