O'Toole Named Offensive MVP, Thomas III Defensive MVP; 17 Seniors Honored
Athletes from Five Fall Sports Recognized for Excellence in the Classroom
Photos from Illinois' 39-19 loss at Nebraska on Oct. 5, 2013. (USA Today photo and Mark Jones/Illinois Athletics)
Illinois vs. Miami (Ohio) - September 28, 2013
9/15/2012 Illinois vs. Charleston Southern @ Memorial Stadium
Illinois vs Western Michigan 9/1/2012
2013 Junior: Played in all 12 games and started the first six games at nose tackle ... Totaled 13 tackles ... Set a career high with four tackles against Miami (Ohio) ... Recorded two tackles against Washington and three tackles in the season-opener against SIU ... Academic All-Big Ten honoree.
2012 Sophomore: Saw action in the first five games but did not record any stats ... Broke his arm vs. Penn State and missed the rest of the season. 2011 Redshirt Freshman: Played in the first 11 games of the season, primarily on special teams ... Recorded first solo tackle of Illinois career against NU ... Made Illini debut in season-opener Arkansas State ... Academic All-Big Ten honoree.
2010 Freshman: Redshirted the 2010 season.
High School: 2009 Fox Valley All-Conference ... Earned all-area honors by the Northwest Herald as a junior and senior ... Rushed for 523 yards on 97 carries, while also recording 41 catches for 414 yards ... Posted 50 tackles, three sacks and four forced fumbles ... Named team's Defensive Lineman of the Year ... Competed in shot put and discus on the track team ... High school coach was Tim Beagle.
Personal: Son of Gretchen and Warren Howe ... Born on April 12, 1992 ... Majoring in kinesiology ... Chose Illinois over Arizona and Wisconsin.
Updated July 2014