True-Frosh had Eighth 1,000-yard receiving season in program history
Honors Roll in for Record-Breaking Rookie; DiLauro, Bellamy Also Honored
Barton, Bentley, Karras, Monheim, Ward All Honorable Mention Selections
The Fighting Illini defense forced five Northwestern turnovers.
David Reisner hit a 36-yard field goal with eight seconds left to give Illinois the win.
2014 – Freshman: First-team Freshman All-American by Scout.com ... True-Freshman All-American by ESPN.com and 247Sports ... Second-team All-Big Ten ... Voted Illinois’ Offensive Newcomer of the Year ... Led the Big Ten in receptions (50) and receiving yards (716) during conference play ... Led FBS freshmen in receiving yards per game (79.8) ... Set Illinois’ single-season freshman records for receiving yards (1,038) and receptions (76), and tied the touchdown record (6) ... Ranked fifth in FBS in fourth-quarter receiving yards with 354 yards on 23 catches ... Ranked 33rd in FBS, first among freshmen, and third in the B1G in receiving yards per game (79.8) ... Ranked 29th in FBS, second among freshmen, and third in the Big Ten in receiving yards (1,038) ... Ranked third in the Big Ten in receptions per game (5.8) ... Had a team high seven catches for 73 yards against Louisiana Tech ... Led the Illini with seven catches for 63 yards and a touchdown in the win at Northwestern ... Had a career-high 11 receptions for 115 yards against Penn State ... Tied for the team lead with six receptions against Iowa, tallying 80 yards and a career-high two TDs ... Recorded a team-high 68 yards, including a career-long reception of 56 yards, on three catches against Ohio State ... Caught five passes for 41 yards and completed his first career pass for 22 yards against Minnesota ... Posted the fourth 200-yard receiving game in school history, with exactly 200 yards on a career-high eight receptions (25.0 ypc) against Purdue ... Led the Illini in receptions (6) at Nebraska and totaled 90 yards for the second-straight game ... Had seven catches for 90 yards and one TD against Texas State ... Named Big Ten Freshman of the Week on Sept. 8 after recording four catches for 55 yards and a TD against Western Kentucky, becoming the first Illini newcomer with a TD reception in first two games since 2003 (Kelvin Hayden) ... His TD against WKU was unique, as he recovered Geronimo Allison’s fumble in the end zone in the second quarter, which, by rule is recorded as a receiving touchdown but no reception or receiving yards ... Recorded three catches for 61 yards and his first career touchdown – an eight-yard TD grab in the fourth quarter – in the season-opener against Youngstown State ... Enrolled at Illinois in January and participated in 2014 spring practices.
High School: Three-star recruit by ESPN.com, Rivals, Scout and 247Sports ... Ranked the No. 23 player in Illinois by ESPN ... Posted 2,361 yards of total offense (196.8 ypg) and 23 touchdowns in 2013 to earn first-team All-State honors from the IHSFCA, Chicago Tribune and Champaign News-Gazette ... Upstate Eight Player of the Year ... Caught 69 passes for 1,384 yards (20.1 ypc) and 19 TDs, rushed 30 times for 260 yards (8.7 ypc) and three TDs, and returned 21 kickoffs for 692 yards (33.0 ypr) and two TDs in 2013 ... As a junior in 2012, had 1,345 total yards - including 894 receiving yards - and 16 TDs ... Had five kick return TDs in high school career (four kick return and one punt return) ... Finished at Neuqua Valley career record-holder for receptions, receiving yards and touchdowns ... Also ran track at Neuqua Valley.
Personal: Born Aug. 21, 1995 ... Son of Rick and Lynn Dudek ... Has one brother, Danny, who plays football at University of Dayton ... Enrolled in College of Business.
Updated April 2015