Athletes from Five Fall Sports Recognized for Excellence in the Classroom
Barton, Bentley, Karras, Monheim, Ward All Honorable Mention Selections
Mike Dudek finished with 6 receptions, 80 yards and hauled in two touchdowns for the Illini.
Scheelhaase, Hull, Kynard and Brown Voted 2013 Captains
Big Ten-Best 10 Volleyball Players Highlight Honorees
Photos from Illinois Football's 2013 postseason awards banquet, Dec. 8, 2013, at I Hotel. (Mark Jones/Illinois Athletics)
2013 Sophomore: Played at right guard in every game but the season-opener against SIU, which he missed due to injury ... Started 10 games ... Earned Illinois Point Award as top Offensive Lineman at annual postseason banquet ... The offense improved significantly in every major offensive category thanks in large part to the O-line ... Recorded his second career tackle against Nebraska ... Helped the Illini offense roll up 601 total yards and 289 rushing yards against Miami (Ohio) and 612 yards at Indiana, just the second time in school history an Illini team put up 600 or more yards twice in the same season.
2012 Freshman: Started at right guard in all 12 games ... Recorded a tackle after an Illini fumble against Louisiana Tech ... Helped the Illini to 479 total yards and 365 passing yards in the 44-0 win over Charleston Southern ... Made first career start and played every offensive snap in season-opening win over Western Michigan ... Academic All-Big Ten honoree.
2011 Redshirt: Redshirted the 2011 season.
High School: A three-star recruit by Rivals.com and two-star by Scout.com ... High school coach was Rick Streiff ... All-Midwest Region pick by PrepStar ... Rated one of the Top 25 offensive guard prospects and a three-star recruit by ESPN.com ... Earned Indiana Associated Press Class 4A All-State honors in 2009 and 2010 ... Named to the Catholic All-American team ... Indiana Digest Top 15 selection ...Named to the Indiana Football Coaches Association Top 50 All-State team ... Selected No. 15 on Rivals.com's Indiana Top 30 list ... Helped Cathedral to 4A state titles in 2008 and 2010.
Personal: Last name pronounced CARE-us ... Son of Jennifer and Ted Karras ... Born on March 15, 1993 ... Majoring in communication ... Seventh member of his family to play football in the Big Ten, including his great-uncle, Alex Karras, who won the Outland Trophy as a defensive tackle at Iowa and was named to the Pro Bowl four times in the NFL with the Detroit Lions before going into acting, including a starring role in the 1980s sitcom "Webster." ... Grandfather, Ted Karras, played defensive tackle at Indiana and five of his nine seasons in the NFL with the Chicago Bears, helping Bears to `63 World Championship ... Father, Ted Karras Jr. (now the coach at Marian University), was a defensive tackle at Northwestern and played briefly with the Washington Redskins ... Great-uncle, Paul Karras, played at Iowa; great-uncle, Lou Karras, played at Purdue and three seasons with the Washington Redskins; uncle, Tony Karras, played at Northwestern ... Chose Illinois over Indiana, Iowa State, Wyoming and UCLA among more than 15 offers.
Updated July 2014