2011 - Freshman: Redshirted the 2011 season.
High School: Two-time all-area selection ... 2010 Fox Valley All-Conference ... Two-way starter on Cary-Grove's 2009 state championship team ... 2010 Team MVP and Best Lineman award ... High school coach was Bruce Kay.
Personal: Full name is Richard Frank Kersten ... Son of Kathy Kadlec and Rich Kersten ... Born on July 10, 1992 ... Majoring in environmental economics and policy ... Honor roll student in high school ... Fighting Illini hero growing up was Dee Brown ... Lists his parents as the most influential people on his athletic career ... Fourth generation in his family to attend Illinois ... Hobbies include hiking and traveling.