Illini Junior On List of Nation's Top Running Backs
Scheelhaase, Hull, Kynard and Brown Voted 2013 Captains
Postgame Notes - Illinois vs. Southern Illinois - August 31, 2013
Nathan Scheelhaase finishes with 270 passing yards, Ryan Lankford has seven catches for a game-high 104 yards
O'Toole throws for 333 yards, 5 TDs; Lankford has 97 receiving yards and 2 TDs in victory
Photos from Illinois Football's 2013 postseason awards banquet, Dec. 8, 2013, at I Hotel. (Mark Jones/Illinois Athletics)
Illinois vs. Northwestern (November 30, 2013)
Illinois vs. Purdue Nov. 23, 2013
Illinois vs. Ohio State - November 16, 2013
Illinois vs. Indiana - Nov. 9, 2013
2013 Sophomore: Ranked second in FBS in receiving yards per game by a running back with 44.6 ... Ranked ninth in the Big Ten in all-purpose yards per game (112.6) ... Rushed for 779 yards on 141 carries (5.5 ypc) and seven touchdowns, while catching 50 passes for 535 yards (10.7 ypc) and four touchdowns ... Led the team with 11 total touchdowns ... Earned Illinois Point Award as top Offensive Big Skill Player at annual postseason banquet ... Totaled 17 plays of 20 yards or more: nine rushes and eight receptions ... Piled up 779 rushing yards on the year, the most by an Illini back since Mikel Leshoure in 2010 ... Ranked second on the team in receiving yards (535) and receiving touchdowns (4) ... Set the Illinois single-season record for receiving yards by a running back with 535 ... Set career highs with 20 carries and 115 yards rushing at Purdue ... Had 196 scrimmage yards and recorded his first career rushing TD at Nebraska ... Had 148 all-purpose yards against Miami (Ohio), 71 rushing and 77 receiving, including a 15-yard touchdown catch ... Totaled 102 all-purpose yards against Cincinnati, including a 48-yard touchdown reception ... Scored his first career touchdown on a 53-yard reception from Nathan Scheelhaase against Southern Illinois and notched his first career 100-yard receiving game with 103 yards ... Recorded 152 all-purpose yards against SIU.
2012 Redshirt Freshman: Played in 10 games, making six starts ... Rushed for 312 yards on 75 carries (4.2 ypc) and had 29 receptions for 251 yards on the season ... Also returned 19 kicks for 344 yards (18.1 ypr), with a long of 37 ... Led the team in all-purpose yards with 907 (90.7 ypg) ... Ran for 24 yards on five carries, posted 23 receiving yards on two catches and notched 80 yards on three kickoff returns, including a career-long 37-yard return, to total 127 all-purpose yards at Northwestern ... Did not play at Ohio State because of an injury ... Caught three passes for 46 yards, registered seven carries for 11 yards and recorded four kick returns for 61 yards at Wisconsin ... Threw a 22-yard touchdown pass to Spencer Harris and registerd 27 receiving yards on three catches against Penn State ... Recorded a career-high 10 catches for a career-best 84 receiving yards, had seven carries for 27 rushing yards and returned four kicks for 69 yards, totaling 180 all-purpose yards against Louisiana Tech, while also registering a career-long reception (24 yards) ... Did not play against Charleston Southern due to injury ... Rushed for a career-high 101 yards on 14 carries, including a career-long 51-yard run, had three receptions for 17 yards and and five kick returns for 85 yards for a total of 203 all-purpose yards at Arizona State ... Made his first-career start in win over Western Michigan.
2011 Freshman: Played in the first three games before suffering a hamstring injury and missing the last 10 games of the season ... Received a medical hardship waiver ... Had a career-high eight carries for 38 yards and one catch for 10 yards in win over South Dakota State ... Made his Illini debut against Arkansas State, gaining 15 yards on six carries and catching one pass for four yards.
High School: A three-star recruit by Rivals.com ... Chicago Tribune first-team All-State selection ... Chicago Sun-Times All-Area selection ... MVP of the East Suburban Catholic League ... Joliet Herald News Co-MVP and Player of the Year in 2010 ... Illinois High School Football Coaches Association Class 5A All-State ... Carried 145 times for 1,868 yards (12.9 yards per carry) and 25 touchdowns for a team that reached the Class 5A quarterfinals and was the 2009 5A state runner-up ... Champaign News-Gazette All-State special mention selection ... All-Midwest selection by PrepStar ... High school coach was Dan Sharp.
Personal: Son of Danielle and Collin Ferguson ... Born on May 23, 1993 ... Majoring in kinesiology ... Honor roll student all four years of high school ... Favorite athlete is LaMichael James ... Chose Illinois over Air Force, Ball State, East Carolina, Memphis, Ohio and Toledo.
Updated July 2014