O'Toole Named Offensive MVP, Thomas III Defensive MVP; 17 Seniors Honored
The Fighting Illini defense forced five Northwestern turnovers.
Postgame Notes - Illinois vs. Southern Illinois - August 31, 2013
Blue Capitalizes on 5 Orange Turnovers to Grab Victory
Illini to Scrimmage Under the Lights Friday Night on BTN
Illinois vs. Michigan State - Oct. 26, 2013
Illinois vs. Wisconsin - October 19, 2013
Photos from Illinois' 39-19 loss at Nebraska on Oct. 5, 2013. (USA Today photo and Mark Jones/Illinois Athletics)
Illinois vs. Washington - September 14, 2013 at Soldier Field
Illinois vs. Cincinnati - September 7, 2013
2013 Junior: Played in 11 games, starting two (vs. Michigan State, at Purdue) ... Made 26 catches for 246 yards (9.5 ypc) with one touchdown on the season ... Tied a career high with five catches for 51 yards against Wisconsin ... Set career highs in kickoff returns (3), kickoff return yardage (45) and all-purpose yards (99) against Wisconsin ... Led the team with five receptions for 72 yards, including his first TD as an Illini, against Cincinnati ... Made Illini debut against SIU and recorded four receptions for 36 yards, including a 30-yarder ... Enrolled at Illinois in January and participated in 2013 spring practices.
College/Junior College: Three-star recruit by Rivals ... Ranked the No. 26 junior college wide receiver in the nation by 247 Sports ... Transferred to Iowa Western for the 2012 season after two seasons at the University of New Mexico ... Had 31 receptions for 498 yards (16.1 ypc) and five touchdowns in 2012 ... Helped lead Iowa Western to the NJCAA national championship and a Midwest Football Conference (MFC) title with a perfect 11-0 record ... Played in 10 games at New Mexico in 2011, making eight catches for 79 yards and rushing for 40 yards on six carries on the season ... Also started five games at safety and had 21 tackles, two TFLs and 2 PBUs ... Played in the Lobos' 2010 season-opener at Oregon but suffered a hand injury that forced him to sit out the rest of the year.
High School: Helped Coolidge compile a 23-12 record over his final three years, including a playoff berth in 2008 ... Had 35 receptions for 563 yards and six TDs as a senior in 2009 ... First-team D.C. Interscholastic Athletic Association selection by The Washington Post and named one of the top 60 players in the D.C., Maryland and Virginia area (DMV) after making 51 catches for 1,000 yards and nine TDs as a junior in 2008 ... Also scored twice on punt returns in 2008 ... Was a sprinter for the Colts' track team ... Made the honor roll in 2009.
Personal: First name pronounced mar-TEZ ... Son of Peter Simms and Lisa Barr ... Has one brother, Marcus, and one sister, Mya ... Born Nov. 4, 1992 ... Majoring in communication.
Updated July 2014