Postgame Notes - Illinois vs. Penn State, November 22, 2014
2010: Member of the UI squad ... Enters 2011 ranked 11th on the Illinois career field goals list with 19.
2009: Hit four field goals and was 23-of-24 on PATs on the season for 35 points ... Preseason third-team All-Big Ten selection by Athlon ... Named the preseason No. 12 placekicker nationally by Phil Steele Magazine.
2008: Hit 15-of-20 field goals and 39-of-41 PATs for a team-high 84 points on the season ... Hit 8-of-10 field goals from 40+ ... His 84 points was the seventh-best season scoring mark at the time and broke the UI freshman record for points ... 15 field goals set the UI freshman field goal mark and ranked as the fifth-most in a season in UI history ... Ranked sixth in the Big Ten with 1.25 field goals per game, which was tied for 35th nationally ... Made 75 percent of his field goals, which ranked seventh in the Big Ten in 2008 and ninth on the Illinois single-season list ... Was ninth in the conference in scoring with 7.0 points per game ... Kicked a game-winning 46-yard field goal against Iowa with 24 seconds left to give the Illini a 27-24 win ... Made a 47-yard field goal at Wisconsin ... Was a career-best 6-of-6 on PATs at Michigan with a 48-yard field goal ... Had a career-long 51-yard field goal against Louisiana-Lafayette ... Recorded the first two field goals of his career against Eastern Illinois.
2007: Redshirted the 2007 season.
High School: Named All-State by The Florida Times-Union ... Earned All-Conference honors three times ... One of the top-ranked kickers in Florida by Florida Football Magazine ... Was a three-year letterwinner in football ... Posted over 50 touchbacks as a senior ... Kicked three game-winning field goals as a junior, including one against fellow Illini teammate, Troy Pollard's Andrew Jackson team ... Played in the Florida Shrine All-Star Game.
Personal: Full name is Matthew Austin Eller ... Born March 10, 1989 ... Son of Mike and Janice Eller ... Earned a bachelor's degree in communication in Spring 2011 ... Currently pursuing a second bachelor's degree in agricultural leadership education ... One of four siblings ... High school coach was Mark Thorson.