Reserve linebacker saw action in all 12 games ... Tallied 37 tackles, including three for loss, and one sack ... Came up with two key tackles for loss in the Illini's win over No. 9 Michigan and totaled six tackles for the game ... Intercepted pass and recorded eight tackles in season finale vs. Northwestern ... Forced a fumble and tallied four tackles against Iowa ... Had three tackles in the Illini's win over Virginia in the Micronpc.com Bowl.
Moved into starting lineup at middle linebacker after season-ending injury to Eric Guenther in Louisville game ... Played in all 11 games, making nine starts with 86 tackles, including 68 solos, four tackles for loss and five passes broken up ... Led squad in tackles in four games, including career-best 15 stops (12 solos) vs. Ohio State, 12 tackles vs. Wisconsin and 11 stops vs. Iowa with two passes broken up ... Also made 10 tackles with eight solos vs. Indiana ... Led team with eight stops vs. Purdue ... Made six solo stops at Penn State and Michigan State.
Played at outside and middle linebacker, appearing in 10 games and making 36 tackles, including 25 solos, two TFLs ... Blocked a punt and intercepted a Joe Germaine pass at Ohio State ... Made seven tackles vs. Southern Miss and Purdue, with six solos and a TFL vs. Boilermakers ... Added six tackle performances vs. Penn State and Northwestern and four tackles vs. Michigan State.
Redshirted the 1996 season.
High School Highlights
Totaled 26 tackles, four sacks, and five tackles for loss in just four games; missed remainder of senior season with injuries ... On offense, caught eight passes for 163 yards and one touchdown at tight end ... Made 13 solo tackles in 1994 Missouri state championship game ... Rated as the No. 1 linebacker prospect in the Big 8 region by BlueChip Magazine ... Listed as one of the top 15 prospects in the Midlands by SuperPrep ... Listed as a SuperPrep All-American as one of the top 25 linebackers in the nation... High school coach was Gary Heyde.
Born on Oct. 3, 1977 ... Nickname is "Rob-Styles" ... Injuries kept him on the sidelines for nine games his senior season ... Also played basketball and volleyball in high school, averaging 10 points and 14 rebounds per game ... Lost to fellow Illini freshman Michael Young's Hazelwood East squad in Missouri state semifinals... Lists his biggest thrill in sports as contact and pain ... Fighting Illini hero was Dick Butkus ... Son of Claudia Carter ... Enrolled in College of Liberal Arts and Sciences ... Robert and his wife Heather have two daughters Jade (5) and Reja' (1).
Tackles: 15 vs. Ohio State, 10/10/98
Solos: 12 vs. Ohio State, 10/10/98
Tackles for loss: 2 at Michigan, 10/23/99
Sacks: 1 at Michigan 10/23/99
Interceptions: 1 vs. Northwestern 11/20/99 & at OSU, 11/15/97