Senior LB Named First-Team All-Big Ten by Phil Steele & to CFPA Linebacker Trophy Watch List
Four More Illini Honorable Mention Selections
Illini Close 2012 Season with Rivalry Game in Evanston
21 Illini Seniors will be Honored Before the Game
Illini Return Home Looking to End Skid
Illinois vs. Penn State @ Memorial Stadium 9/29/12
Illinois vs. Louisiana Tech 9/22/2012 @ Memorial Stadium
9/15/2012 Illinois vs. Charleston Southern @ Memorial Stadium
Illinois vs Arizona State
Illinois vs Western Michigan 9/1/2012
2012 - Junior: 2012: Honrable mention All-Big Ten selection by the media ... Butkus Award semifinalist ... Played in nine games, missing the final three games with 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 ... Registered three tackles against Penn State ... 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 eas 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 ... Led the team in tackles with 108 on the season ... 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 ... Enrolled in the general curriculum ... Plans to study sports medicine ... Chose Illinois over Ole Miss, Arkansas, Memphis, Kentucky, Texas Tech and Mississippi State.
Tackles: 17 vs. Ohio State, 10/15/11
Solos: 9 vs. Minnesota, 11/26/11
QB Sack: 1.5, twice (last vs. Ohio State, 10/15/11)
TFL: 4.0 vs. Wisconsin, 11/19/11
INT: 1, twice (last vs. Arizona State, 9/17/11)
INT Return Yards: 66 vs. Indiana, 10/23/10
Touchdown: 1 vs. Indiana, 10/23/10
Forced Fumble: 1, 3x (last vs. Western Michigan, 9/1/12)
Fumble Recovery: 1, 3x (last vs. Western Michigan, 9/1/12)
PBU: 1 vs. South Dakota State, 9/10/11