Earned honorable mention All-Big Ten honors Started in all 11 games for the Illini and rushed for 683 yards on 123 carries Second-leading rusher on the team, averaging 5.6 yards per carry Rushed for 112 yards in the season opener, scoring on a 62-yard run Followed up performance with 124 yards against San Diego State, making Illinois history with Antoineo Harris as the first tailback duo to rush for over 100 yards in consecutive games Broke free for a 53 yard scamper at SDSU Posted 104 yards in Illinis shutout win over Iowa Scored second touchdown of the season vs. Michigan Tallied 59 yards on six carries and a touchdown against Ohio State Also had 17 receptions for 91 yards Returned eight kickoffs for 139 yards and led the team in all-purpose yardage.
Shared halfback duties with Steve Havard Speedy back led team with 10 plays of 20-plus yards from scrimmage, including five scores Rushed for 122 yards and two touchdowns for Micronpc.com and Illinois bowl records Caught a short pass and turned it into a dramatic 59-yard touchdown to give Illinois a 28-27 lead at Michigan and less than two minutes later, he darted through the defense for a 54-yard TD run to seal the comeback victory Ended the season ranked 17th in career rushing at UI with 1,408 yards ...Racked up consecutive 100-yard games (106 yards vs. Michigan, 145 yards vs. Penn State) Ranked second on team in touchdowns with seven (five rushing, two receiving) Ranked sixth on team with 15 receptions Took a Kurt Kittner pass 67 yards for a touchdown against Louisville for longest career reception Returned four kicks for 94 yards against Louisville en route to 176 all-purpose yards ... Ranked third on team with 242 receiving yards.
Exploded on national scene, named one of Top 10 Rookies by Sports Illustrated as he blazed his way to team-leading 634 yards on 134 carries (4.7 average) with team-high six touchdowns Also caught 10 passes for 24 yards, including clinching TD reception in victory at Northwestern . . . Made one of the greatest debuts in Illinois football history, rushing for freshman record 215 yards and three touchdowns, including a 48-yarder, on 24 carries in 48-20 win over Middle Tennessee Gained 86 yards on 17 carries vs. Louisville and 65 yards with one TD (25-yard dash) on 11 carries vs. Iowa Led victory at Northwestern, carrying the ball 40 times for 132 yards and one touchdown and catching six-yard clinching TD pass from Kurt Kittner Led team with 48 yards on seven carries with 26-yard TD in finale at Michigan State. . . Most rushing yards and touchdowns by an Illini true freshman since Buddy Young in 1944 Also an electrifying kick returner, leading Illini with 16 kickoff returns for 406 yards (25.4 average) and 12 punt returns for 52 yards (4.3 avg.) Also recorded first career interception vs. Northwestern, catching fake punt pass on goal line to save touchdown. . . . Returned kickoff 77 yards vs. Louisville, 47 yards vs. Iowa, 36 yards at Northwestern and opening kickoff 53 yards at Penn State Also made two tackles.
High School Highlights
One of the most decorated running backs in Illinois prep history, breaking state prep records with 2,500 yards rushing and 40 touchdowns in 1997, leading state in rushing and TDs as Dunbar posted 12-3 mark for Head Coach Glen Johnson Averaged an incredible 15 yards per carry A two-time all-state selection, the Chicago Player of the Year pick by the Chicago Sun-Times A three-time All-Public League selection Led Dunbar to Illini South Conference title, Public League and City Championship . . . Earned eight varsity letters at Dunbar, four in football and four in track The Public League 100-meter dash champion.
Full given name is Rausell Harvey Nickname is Rocky . . . Born Dec. 2, 1979 in Chicago, Ill. Worked on the school yearbook, newspaper and acted in school play . . . Lists most memorable sports moments as scoring two touchdowns in Little League championship game and breaking state records for rushing and touchdowns . . . Parents are Relton and Carolyn Harvey . . . Majoring in speech communications and plans to pursue a career in radio and television production Favorite athlete is Dallas Cowboys superstar Emmitt Smith.
Yards: 215 vs. MTSU, 9/12/98
Attempts: 40 at Northwestern, 10/3/98
Long Run: 62 vs. Michigan, 10/23/99
Receptions: 4 vs. Northwestern, 10/3/98
Receiving Yards: 71 at Louisville, 9/18/99
Long catch: 67 at Louisville, 9/18/99
Touchdowns: 3 vs. MTSU, 9/12/98
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