42 Illini Earned at Least a 3.0 GPA and Five Graduated Following Fall 2012
Pocic, Williams Voted 2012 Captains
Teammates Write Tributes to 2012 Senior Class
Illini Close 2012 Season with Rivalry Game in Evanston
Senior Day Recognition Will Take Place Prior to Illinois-Purdue Game
Individual and group photos of the 20 2012 Illinois Football Seniors.
Illinois vs Arizona State
AP Photos: Illinois vs. Western Michigan - 09/01/12
2011 - Junior: Played in all 13 games, mostly in two-TE sets ... Caught two passes for 15 yards in win over UCLA in Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl ... Had one catch for seven yards against Michigan ... Had the first catch of career for 39 yards against Western Michigan ... Former walk-on QB moved to TE prior to 2010 season.
2010 - Sophomore: Played in 12 games, mostly in two-tight end sets ... Helped pave the way for Illinois' single-season rushing leader, Mikel Leshoure, and the Big Ten's top rushing offense in 2010.
2009 - Redshirt Freshman: Member of the UI squad ... Moved from quarterback to tight end during the season.
2008 - Freshman: Redshirted the 2008 season, practicing as a quarterback.
High School: Passed for 2,400 yards and 32 touchdowns while rushing for 1,100 yards and 22 touchdowns in his high school career ... Named to the 2006 and 2007 Suburban Life All-Area team ... Named to the 2006 and 2007 All-West Suburban Silver Conference teams ... Named the 2007 West Suburban Silver Conference Offensive Player of the Year ... Named All-State special mention in 2007 ... Led Lyons Township to a WSSC championship in 2007, the team's first conference title in 20 years ... Earned the 2008 Charles "Chuck" Bennett Award as Lyons' Most Outstanding Senior Male Athlete ... Earned All-WSSC honors in football, basketball and baseball in 2008 ... Earned seven varsity letters - three in baseball and two each in football and basketball ... Named to the 2007 All-State Academic football team.
Personal: Full name is Edward R. Viliunas III ... Born on March 2, 1990 ... Son of Edward and Cheryl Viliunas ... Majoring in communication ... Has a younger sister, Alexis ... Lists Peyton Manning as his favorite athlete because of his character and leadership abilities ... His biggest thrill in sports is hearing the crowd roar after a big play.