Illini will face UCLA on Dec. 31 in San Francisco
Illini Travel to Penn State Next Saturday
Illini Signal-Caller Added to Watch List
Zook Press Conference
Fighting Illini suffer their first loss of the season
Illinois photos by Mark Cowan and AP photos from today's game.
Illinois at No. 21 Penn State Photos - 10/29/11. Photos from AP and Mark Jones
No. 16 Illinois vs. Ohio State - AP Photos - 10/15/11
The Fighting Illini (6-0, 2-0 Big Ten) are off to their best start since 1951.
2011 - Senior: Played in 12 games, making eight starts at tailback ... Second on the team with 600 rushing yards and had a team-high seven rushing TDs on the season ... Finished career with 1,962 rushing yards (16th-most in UI history) and 26 rushing TDs (2nd-most in UI history) ... Recorded 11 carries for 43 yards against Minnesota ... Had eight carries for 39 yards and three catches for seven yards against Wisconsin ... Scored his 26th career rushing touchdown with a one-yard run against Michigan ... Had his fourth career 100-yard game with 100 yards on 24 carries at Penn State ... Had 10 carries for 83 yards and one touchdown along with a career-high five catches for 69 yards against Purdue ... Had 16 carries for 55 yards, including one TD in win over Indiana ... Totaled 58 rushing yards, including one TD, in win over Arizona State ... Recorded 11 carries for 48 yards and one TD against South Dakota State ... Had 86 rushing yards and 2 TDs on a career-high 22 carries in season-opening win over Arkansas State.
2010 - Junior: Played in 12 games and made four starts ... Rushed for 480 yards on 99 carries (4.8 ypc) with seven touchdowns ... Also caught seven passes for 52 yards and threw a four-yard touchdown pass during 2010 ... Had 12 carries for 54 yards and three receptions for 29 yards in Texas Bowl win over Baylor ... Had six carries for 50 yards, including a season-long 29-yard run, at Fresno State ... Totaled a season-high 17 carries for 86 yards and tied his career high with three rushing TDs in win over Northwestern at Wrigley Field ... Had 10 carries for a season-high 91 yards and one TD at Michigan ... Did not play against Purdue due to injury ... Became the 37th Illini to surpass 1,000 career yards rushing with 47 yards on nine carries in win at Penn State ... Also completed his first career pass vs. PSU, a four-yard TD toss, the first Illini non-quarterback TD pass since 2006.
2009 - Sophomore: Played in all 12 games, starting five ... Rushed for 588 yards on 97 carries (6.1 ypc) and scored four touchdowns on the season ... Also caught 11 passes for 128 yards (11.6 ypc) in 2009 ... Had 15 carries for 65 yards and a touchdown in the season finale vs. Fresno State ... Totaled 82 rushing yards on a career-high 20 carries, scored on a one-yard touchdown run, and hauled in a 14-yard reception in win over Minnesota ... Rushed for 128 yards on 12 carries, including a career-long 79-yard touchdown run in win over Michigan ... Recorded his second career 100-yard rushing game with 137 yards against Illinois State, including a one-yard run and a 68-yard run.
2008 - Freshman: Played in all 12 games and started five ... Had 81 carries for 294 yards and a team-high eight touchdowns on the season and also had 79 receiving yards on nine catches ... Broke out for a career-high 172 yards and three touchdowns on 19 carries against Indiana, earning a "Helmet Sticker" award from the ESPN College GameDay crew ... His three touchdowns against Indiana ranked fourth on the Illinois single-game touchdown list ... Rushed for the first touchdown of his career at Penn State, recording 11 yards on four carries ... Saw the first action of his career against Missouri with two carries.
High School: Ranked the No. 14 recruit in the state of Illinois by Rivals.com ... Rated among the top 30 running backs nationally by Rivals.com ... First-team All-State by the Champaign News-Gazette ... Earned second-team All-State honors by the Chicago Tribune ... Rushed for a St. Louis metro area career record 6,415 yards ... Scored 75 rushing touchdowns in his career ... Ran for 1,773 yards as a senior, including five consecutive games over 215 yards ... Scored 22 touchdowns as a senior while averaging 9.1 yards per carry ... Named to the Midwest Hot 100 list by Scout.com ... PrepStar All-Region ... Averaged 8.2 yards per rush as a junior, posting 1,549 yards and 17 touchdowns ... Ranked among the top-60 running backs nationally by Scout.com ... Has a 39-inch vertical jump ... High school coach was Glenn Schott.
Personal: Full name is Jason Matthew Ford ... Son of Jacqueline and Jason Ford ... Born on Dec. 1, 1989 ... Majoring in sociology ... Chose Illinois over Iowa.
Carries: 24 vs. Penn State, 10/29/11
Rushing Yards: 172 vs. Indiana, 10/18/08
Rushing TDs: 3, twice (last vs. Northwestern, 11/20/10)
Long Run: 79 vs. Michigan, 10/31/09
Receptions: 5 vs. Purdue, 10/22/11
Receiving Yards: 69 vs. Purdue, 10/22/11
Long Reception: 21 at Indiana, 10/17/09
Completions: 1 vs. Penn State, 10/9/10
Pass Attempts: 1 at Penn State, 10/9/10
Pass Yards: 4 at Penn State, 10/9/10
Passing Touchdowns: 1 at Penn State, 10/9/10
Long Pass: 4 at Penn State, 10/9/10