2011: Member of the UI squad.
2010: Member of the UI squad.
2009: Played in all 12 games, starting five ... Had 42 tackles, 2.5 TFLs and three PBUs on the season ... Registered six tackles, including one for loss at Indiana ... Recorded five tackles and a quarterback hurry against Michigan State ... Had five stops and a forced fumble against Penn State ... Posted seven tackles and a pass break up against Ohio State ... Led the team with a career-best eight tackles in his first start of the season against Illinois State ... Had first career inteception with a 78-yard return vs. the Redbirds as well as two pass breakups.
2008: Played in all 12 games with one start, seeing 46 snaps on defense and 164 on special teams ... Recorded eight tackled on the season, mostly on special teams ... Started his first game at linebacker against Michigan and had one tackle.
High School: Ranked among the top-30 recruits in the state of Illinois by Rivals.com ... Passed for 833 yards and eight touchdowns as a senior and also rushed for 360 yards on 87 carries ... Earned All-Area honors by the Southtown Star ... Named to the Midwest Hot 100 list by Scout.com ... Caught 53 passes for 1,000 yards and 14 touchdowns as a junior ... Earned special mention All-State honors by the Chicago Tribune ... Named to the Champaign News-Gazette Special Mention All-State team ... Named to the Chicago Sun Times All-Area team ... Ranked among the top-80 wide receivers nationally by Scout.com ... Played wide receiver, strong safety and quarterback in high school ... Took Homewood-Flossmoor to the state semifinals in 2007 ... Chose Illinois over Iowa and Iowa State ... High school coach was Kenneth Smith ... Member of the 2007 Homewood-Flossmoor basketball team, which was ranked 17th in the nation by USA Today.
Personal: Full name is Russell Denard Ellington ... Born Jan. 29, 1990 ... Son of Angela and Russell Ellington ... Majoring in sociology ... High school teammate of fellow Illini Supo Sanni and Michael Buchanan.