2002: Snapped for a special teams unit that was a perfect 40 of 40 on extra point attempts ? Illini were also effective in 74 percent of its field goals, making 14 of 19 ? Also recorded six solo tackles ? Named Academic All-Big Ten.
Junior College: Earned two letters as a long snapper and tight end at the College of the Canyons in Santa Clarita, Calif. ? Averaged 17 yards per catch on 27 receptions as a sophomore ? Earned first-team all-conference ? Recorded 17 catches as a freshman ? Had 18 special teams tackles on punt coverage team ? Punt team forced 24 fair catches in 2001 ? Team won the 2001 WSC Bowl game ? Junior college coach was Chuck Lyon.
High School: Led Killian Senior High School team in receptions and earned all-city honors.
Personal: Full given name is Michael Anthony Gomez ? Born April 23, 1982 in Miami, Fla. ? The son of Carl Gomez and the late Annette Alvers ? Brother, Carl Jr., was a punter at Iowa State from 1997-2001 and uncle, Steve Alvers, was a tight end and long snapper for the Buffalo Bills and New York Giants ? Majoring in speech communications ? Plans to pursue a career in coaching ? A high school honor roll student ? Enjoys playing basketball.