Chip Long is in his second season at Illinois as the tight ends coach. He comes to Illinois after serving two seasons at Arkansas as a graduate assistant working with tight ends.
Long continued to produce as the leader of the Illini tight ends and fullbacks, as fullback Jay Prosch was named a first-team All-American by Pro Football Weekly. Long also molded freshman tight end Jon Davis into a third-team freshman All-American by Phil Steele, as he grabbed 21 receptions for 187 yards and a touchdown.
In his first season with the Illini, Long was given the task of molding tight ends and fullbacks out of a roster that was largely designed to run the spread offense. True-freshmen Evan Wilson and Jay Prosch thrived under his tutelage, with Wilson starting 11 games at tight end and Prosch starting seven at fullback. Wilson caught 10 passes for 135 yards and two touchdowns on the season, while Prosch asserted himself as a bruising blocker, most notably opening holes for running back Mikel Leshoure's school single-game record-breaking total of 330 yards against Northwestern on Nov. 20.
At Arkansas, Long helped develop tight end D.J. Williams, who became the first semifinalist in school history for the Mackey Award in 2008. As a sophomore Williams had a record-breaking season that saw him become an All-SEC first team selection by the Associated Press and a second-team honoree by the league coaches. He finished the season as the team leader in receptions (61) and receiving yards. In 2009, Williams was again a second-team All-SEC selection by the coaches and enters 2010 as a preseason All-American.
Prior to his stint in Fayetteville, Long spent two seasons at Louisville and worked with the wide receivers and quarterbacks. His first year with the Cardinals was spent with current Illini offensive coordinator Paul Petrino and the second with current Illinois quarterbacks coach Jeff Brohm. He later worked with Petrino again during his time at Arkansas.
A receiver and tight end for North Alabama, Long was a multi-year starter and in 2005 earned All-America, first-team All-South Region and first-team All-Gulf South Conference honors. He helped the Lions to the national NCAA Division II semifinals in 2003 and 2005.
In the summer of 2010, Long was named as the tight end for the Gulf South Conference All-Decade Team.
A native of Birmingham, Ala., Long received his bachelor's degree in history with minors in both psychology and business administration.
THE LONG FILE
2010-11 Illinois (tight ends/fullbacks)
2008-09 Arkansas (graduate assistant with tight ends/fullbacks)
2006-07 Louisville (graduate assistant with wide receivers/quarterbacks)
Hometown: Birmingham, Ala.
Birthdate: May 1, 1983
Education: B.S., History - North Alabama, 2006
Playing Experience: North Alabama, 2002-05
Bowl Games: Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl, 2011; Texas Bowl, 2010; Liberty Bowl, 2010; Orange Bowl, 2007