Football


David Diehl
David Diehl
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Hometown:
Oak Lawn, Ill.

High School:
Brother Rice

Height / Weight:
6-6 / 300

Position:
Offensive Lineman

Birthdate:
09/15/1980

Lettered:
1999-2002

2002: Named second-team All-Big Ten by the media and coaches ... Started in all 12 games this season ... Helped Illinois to it a school record 5,356 yards of total offense ... During his career, the team has set school records for total offense (2002 and 2001) and scoring (2001 and 1999) ... Led Illinois to an average of 446 yards of total offense per game (which ranked ninth in the nation) ... Aided running back Antoineo Harris' school-record single season rushing season ... Helped a passing offense that produced three receivers on the Illinois career Top-10 list ... Has over 100 knockdown blocks ... Earned bachelor's degree in May 2002 ... Has been pursuing a Master's Degree in Human Resources ... Led an offensive line that posted 504 yards vs. Wisconsin, 543 yards against Michigan, 600 yards total offense vs. ASU and 602 vs. San Jose State.

2001: A versatile offensive lineman who has played both the guard and tackle positions ... Started the Nokia Sugar Bowl for the injured Bucky Babcock at right guard ... Played in 385 plays and registered 56 knockdowns ... Averaged a knockdown block in every 6.8 snaps, tops on the team ... Offensive line ranked second in the conference with only 16 sacks allowed (1.3 per game) and held four defenses without a sack ... Team posted over 5,000 yards of total offense for the first time in over 51 years ... Passing and scoring offense ranked second in the conference ... Team averaged 32.5 points per game, the most in school history.

2000: Played in all 11 games, primarily at right guard ... Lined up for 43 offensive snaps ... Totaled 15 knockdowns.

1999: Added depth to the young offensive line, backing up both guard positions ... Played in six games on special teams, contributing to the field goal and extra point protection units ... In on 43 plays, including nine snaps against Iowa and eight in the Illini's win over No. 25 Ohio State ... Field goal unit was 76 percent accurate with no blocks in 26 tries and a touchdown pass on a fake field goal attempt ... PAT team was a perfect 44-of-44 also with no blocked kicks ... Kept Illini kicker Neil Rackers perfect with nine extra point attempts in the Illini's win over Virginia in the Micronpc.com Bowl. 1998: Redshirted the 1998 season.

1998: Redshirted the 1998 season.

High School: Played offensive tackle, offensive guard, defensive tackle and nose tackle at Brother Rice High School ... Earned all-conference honors, named all-region All-Big Ten in National Recruiting Advisor ... Listed as 94th best prospect in Midwest by Super Prep ... G & W Report named Diehl as top lineman in conference ... Top 100 senior pick by Chicago Sun-Times ... Listed as one of top players in Illinois by USA Today ... An all-area second-team pick in the Southtown Economist and Star Newspapers ... Chicago Sun-Times and Chicago Tribune honorable mention all-state selection ... A Prep Star preseason All-American ... Helped team to 5-4 record in Chicago Metro Catholic Conference ... High school coach was Bill Gleeson, a former Illini graduate assistant ... Earned nine varsity letters in high school, including four in football, two in wrestling and three in track.

Personal: Full given name is David Michael Diehl ... Born Sept. 15, 1980 in Chicago ... Graduated from the University of Illinois with a bachelors degree in speech communication in Dec. 2001 ... Is currently enrolled in the master's program in human resource education ... Served as Eucharistic Minister in Peer Ministry at Brother Rice ... Lists most memorable moment in sports as beating arch-rival Mt. Carmel for the first time in 17 years ... Cousin, Brendan Byrne, attends Illinois ... Lists Dick Butkus as his childhood idol ... Brother, Jerry, was an All-Iowa Conference offensive guard and brother, Jeff, was a two-year letterman in basketball at Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa ... Parents are Jerry and Darlene Diehl ... Enjoys outdoor activities ... Lists former NBA all-star Charles Barkley as his favorite athlete.

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