O'Toole Named Offensive MVP, Thomas III Defensive MVP; 17 Seniors Honored
Athletes from Five Fall Sports Recognized for Excellence in the Classroom
Honoring "The Galloping Ghost" for Homecoming, Illinois played a spirited four quarters of football.
V'Angelo Bentley's fourth-quarter scoop and score proved the difference in win.
Postgame Notes - Illinois vs. Minnesota, October 25 2014
Illinois vs. Nebraska - September 27, 2014
Fighting Illini football vs. Youngstown State from Memorial Stadium - August 30, 2014
Photos from day 2 of the 2014 Big Ten Football Media Days and Kickoff Luncheon July 29, 2014 in Chicago.
Photos from day one of the 2014 Big Ten Football Media Days and Kickoff Luncheon July 28, 2014 in Chicago.
2013 Junior: Played in all 12 games and started seven (SIU, Miami, NEB, WIS, PSU, IND, NU) ... Caught a career-long 29-yard pass at Purdue ... Tied a career high with five catches at Indiana ... Caught two-point conversion passes against Wisconsin and Miami (OH) ... Caught his second TD pass of the season against Miami (Ohio), marking his first season with more than one touchdown ... Academic All-Big Ten honoree.
2012 Sophomore: Played in 11 games and made six starts, missing the Purdue game (11/17) due to injury ... Showed his versatility by lining up at tight end, wide receiver and running back throughout the season ... For the season, rushed for 102 yards and one touchdown on 21 carries (4.9 ypc) and caught nine passes for 88 yards and one touchdown ... Rushed for 11 yards on two carries and caught a 17-yard pass at Northwestern ... Carried the ball four times for a total of 10 yards against Minnesota ... Rushed for 27 yards on a career-high eight carries, scored his first career rushing touchdown and caught two passes for 14 yards at Ohio State ... Caught three passes for 26 yards, including one TD on a career-long 20-yard reception in victory over Charleston Southern ... Rushed for a career-high 54 yards on six carries in season-opening win over Western Michigan ... Academic All-Big Ten honoree.
2011 Freshman: Third-Team Freshman All-American by Phil Steele ... Played in all 13 games as a true-freshman, making two starts ... Third on the team with 22 receptions on the season for 187 yards and one touchdown ... Had one catch in Illinois' Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl victory ... Recorded five catches for 53 yards, both career highs, against Wisconsin ... Posted four receptions for 28 yards against Michigan ... Posted four receptions for 28 yards against Purdue ... Recorded three receptions for 37 yards against Ohio State ... Had a three-yard TD catch, the first of his career, in victory over Indiana ... Recorded first career catch for five yards in win over South Dakota State ... Made Illini debut in season-opener against Arkansas State.
High School: Four-star prospect by Scout.com ... No. 7 tight end prospect in the nation by Scout.com ... Top-ranked player in Kentucky by Scout.com ... Ranked in the ESPNU Top 150 as No. 138 ... A PrepStar All-American as a tight end ... Rushed for 934 yards (averaging 14 yards per carry) and 16 TDs, and had 24 catches for 334 yards and two TDs ... In his career, he ran for 1,742 yards (averaging 9 yards per carry) and had 93 receptions for 1,273 yards and 13 TDs ... Member of the Lexington Herald-Leader Class of the Commonwealth ... Second-team all-state pick by the Louisville Courier-Journal ... High school coach was Ken Whalen ... No. 3 on Rivals.com's Kentucky Top 30 list ... Also won three letters in basketball.
Personal: Full name is Jonathan A. Davis ... Goes by Jon ... Son of Reggie and Juanette Davis ... Born on Sept. 9, 1992 ... Majoring in sport management ... Has three siblings, all of whom played college athletics ... His favorite athlete is Tony Gonzalez, "best TE ever." ... Hobbies include playing video games and basketball ... The most influential person on Davis' athletic career is his father, for putting the helmet on his head ... Chose Illinois over Kentucky, Purdue, Oregon and Louisville.
Updated July 2014