2004: Switched to corner during spring practice after serving as Illinois' top receiver in 2003 ... Finished the season fifth on the team in tackles with 71 ... Started all 11 games for the Illini at cornerback ... Tied for first in the Big Ten with four interceptions ... Was 10th in the Big Ten in passes defended ... In his first career start at corner vs. Florida A&M, had six tackles, two interceptions (one that he returned 23 yards for a touchdown), one forced fumble and a pass broken-up ... His two interceptions vs. FAMU tied Illinois' team season total for the entire 2003 season ... Led Illini against UCLA with 11 tackles and two PBUs ... Had six tackles and one PBU vs. Western Michigan ... Tallied a career-high 15 tackles with one PBU and a blocked punt vs. Purdue ... Scored on a defensive two-point conversion at Michigan State, picking up a fumble and running 91 yards for the score ... Picked off a pass vs. Michigan and limited the Big Ten's leading receiver, Braylon Edwards, to three catches for 18 yards ... Made five tackles vs. Iowa ... Totaled seven tackles, one PBU and an interception (which he returned 33 yards to set up the game-winning drive) against Indiana ... Had seven tackles in season finale at Northwestern.
2003: Led the team in receiving yards and receptions ... Sixth in the Big Ten in receptions per game ... Caught 52 passes for 592 yards and rushed six times for 54 yards ... Had a career day vs. California, hauling in 11 passes for 158 yards and one touchdown, including a 72-yarder ... Pulled in nine passes for 97 yards vs. Wisconsin ... Had eight catches for 63 yards at UCLA ... Scored his first career touchdown vs. Missouri ... Led the team in receiving four times; vs. California, vs. Wisconsin, at Purdue and vs. Minnesota.
Junior College: NJCAA National Offensive Player of the Year ... Racked up 1,297 yards and 13 TDs as a sophomore ... Caught 114 passes for 1,839 yards and 17 scores, an average of 16.2 yards per catch during his junior college career ... Named Top-100 recruit by Rivals.com ... Earned first-team All-America accolades in his second season... Two-time All-Conference and All-Region pick ... Named conference Player of the Year ... Named MVP of the 2002 Junior College National Championship Game ... After losing his first junior college game, led Joliet Junior College to 21 consecutive victories and the 2002 NJCAA National Championship ... Was the first wide receiver to ever win NJCAA Player of the Year honors.
High School: Phenomenal all-around athlete who originally signed with Illinois out of Hubbard High School ... Was a four-year starter on the gridiron ... All-State selection as a wide receiver as a senior ... Named to the first-team All-Power Bar team as a senior ... Led the team and finished second in the state with 10 interceptions as a freshman ... Threw 21 touchdown passes, while rushing for seven more TDs as a sophomore ... Racked up 2,315 rushing yards and 33 scores as a junior ... Totaled 792 yards despite missing seven games as a senior ... Four-time all-conference pick and three-time all-area selection as a prep ... Two-time City League Track Champion in the 55 and 200-meter dashes indoors and the 100 and 200-meter dashes outdoors.
Personal: Full given name is Kelvin Darnell Hayden Jr. ... Son of Kelvin and Lynette Hayden ... Born July 23, 1983 ... Has one sister ... Majoring in speech communication ... Lists former Chicago Public League standout Rocky Harvey as his Fighting Illini hero and Marvin Harrison as his favorite athlete.
Tackles: 15 vs. Purdue, 9/25/04
Solos: 9 vs. Purdue, 9/25/04
PBU: 2 vs. UCLA, 9/11/04
Interceptions: 2 vs. FAMU, 9/4/04
Interception Return: 33 vs. Indiana, 11/6/04
Touchdowns: 1 vs. FAMU, 9/4/04
Forced Fumble: 1 vs. FAMU, 9/4/04
Quarterback Sack: 1 vs. UCLA, 9/11/04
Receptions: 11 vs. California, 9/20/03
Receiving Yards: 158 vs. California, 9/20/03
Long Reception: 72 vs. California, 9/20/03
Touchdowns: 1, three times (last time vs. California, 9/20/03)
HAYDEN STATS, GAME-BY-GAME