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DIMKE AWARDS & HONORS
2010 - Junior: Second-team All-Big Ten selection by coaches and honorable mention by media ... Phil Steele's first-team All-Big Ten ... Lou Groza Award semifinalist ... Hit 24-of-29 field goals and 43-of-43 extra points on the season ... Scored 115 points in 2010, which ranks second on the Illinois season scoring list ... 24 made field goals tied the Illinois season field goals record and .828 FG percentage ranks fifth in a season in school history ... 43 PATs were the second-most in a season in school history ... Led Big Ten and ranked sixth in the nation in field goals (1.85 per game) ... Ranked third in the Big Ten in kick scoring ... Ranked fifth in the Big Ten and 17th in the nation in overall scoring (8.8 ppg) ... Ranked fifth in the Big Ten in field goal percentage (82.8) ... Handled kickoff duties for the Illini for the third season, averaging 62.0 yards on 79 kickoffs, including 22 touchbacks ... Went 3-for-3 in field goals and PATs in Texas Bowl win over Baylor, breaking the UI record for field goals made in a bowl game ... Named a Lou Groza Award Star of the week after matching his career high with 15 points on six PATs and three field goals, all over 40 yards, at Michigan ... Named Big Ten Co-Special Teams Player of the Week on Oct. 11 after becoming the first Illini in four years to hit four field goals in a game, which included his second 50-plus yarder of the season, in win at Penn State ... His four field goals and 15 points at PSU were both career highs ... Went 2-for-2 in field goals and extra points and kicked off six times for a career-best average of 70.0, including a career-high six touchbacks, in win over Northern Illinois ... Hit a career long 52-yard field goal against Missouri, which tied the sixth-longest FG in school history ... Academic All-Big Ten honoree.
2009 - Sophomore: Was a perfect 5-of-5 on field goals and 12-of-12 on extra points for the season after taking over place kicking duties late in the year ... Handled kickoff duties all season, averaging 63.3 yards on 53 kickoffs, including 12 touchbacks ... Was a perfect 7-of-7 in extra point attempts (which ranks as the third-best single game mark in school history) and made a 44-yard field goal in the season finale against Fresno State ... Took over full-time field goal and extra point duties prior to the Cincinnati game, hitting a perfect 3-of-3 in field goals with kicks of 30, 39 and 48 yards against the Bearcats to earn Big Ten Player of the Week honors ... Made his first career field goal, a 30-yarder, vs. Northwestern ... Scored his first career point when he nailed a PAT at Purdue ... Academic All-Big Ten honoree.
2008 - Freshman: Took over kickoff duties midway through the season, averaging 61.2 yards in the final six games of the season ... Had a season-high average of 66.2 at Ford Field against Western Michigan ... In his college debut, he booted nine kickoffs for a 61.4 average against Indiana.
High School: Rated as one of the top players in the state of Illinois and ranked nationally as the No. 13 placekicker by Scout.com ... Holds the state playoff record with a 54-yard field goal ... Earned second-team All-State honors by the Chicago Tribune and special mention by the Champaign News-Gazette. ... Is ranked among the top-15 kickers nationally by Kohl's Kicking and was All-Conference for the NIC-10 ... Was a Northern Illinois All-Area selection and has been tutored by current NFL kicker Billy Cundiff, and former NFL players such as Filip Filipovic and Matt Bahr.
Personal: Born on April 16, 1990 ... Son of Tim and Debra Dimke ... Majoring in finance.