O'Toole Named Offensive MVP, Thomas III Defensive MVP; 17 Seniors Honored
Blue Capitalizes on 5 Orange Turnovers to Grab Victory
Illinois 44, CSU 0 // Sept. 15, 2012
Mercilus Earns MVP Honors
2013 Sophomore: Played in all 12 games, primarily on special teams, and totaled 11 tackles ... Had two tackles each against Wisconsin and Washington ... Tied a career high with three tackles against Cincinnati.
2012 Redshirt Freshman: Played in eight games, mostly on special teams ... Made five tackles on the season, including a career-high three against Penn State.
2011 Freshman: Redshirted the 2011 season.
High School: Named to the Class A All-State team by the High School Sports Report ... A three-star recruit by Rivals.com ... All-Atlantic Region selection by PrepStar ... Rated one of the top 30 players in South Carolina by Rivals.com ... As a junior, piled up 80 tackles, including 38 tackles for loss, 18 sacks, along with two interceptions ... Chosen for the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas game against all-stars from North Carolina and the NUC All-World Gridiron Classic All-Star game ... All-Mid-Atlantic choice by SuperPrep ... Selected No. 27 on Rivals.com's South Carolina Top 30 list ... High school coach was Butch Crosby.
Personal: First name pronounced zeff-uh-NY-uh ... Son of Terrie Johnson and James Grimes ... Born on Dec. 28, 1992 ... Majoring in communication ... Favorite athlete is Ricky Sapp ... Was a logger in a past summer job ... Chose Illinois over Michigan State, Colorado, Northwestern, Ole Miss, Arkansas and Tulsa.
Updated July 2014