O'Toole Named Offensive MVP, Thomas III Defensive MVP; 17 Seniors Honored
Athletes from Five Fall Sports Recognized for Excellence in the Classroom
Barton, Bentley, Karras, Monheim, Ward All Honorable Mention Selections
The Fighting Illini defense forced five Northwestern turnovers.
Honoring "The Galloping Ghost" for Homecoming, Illinois played a spirited four quarters of football.
The Fighting Illini take on the Wildcats
Illinois vs. Penn State - November 22, 2014
Illinois football training camp practices at Camp Rantoul in Rantoul, IL, - Aug. 11, 2014 (Derek Neal/Illinois Athletics)
Illinois Football Media Day and Fan Appreciation Day at Memorial Stadium - Aug. 10, 2014.
Illinois vs. Ohio State - November 16, 2013
AT ILLINOIS2013 Sophomore: Ranked ninth in the Big Ten and third on the team in tackles per game (8.1) ... Started all 12 games at middle linebacker, posting 97 tackles, 6.5 TFLs, 1.0 sack, one PBU, one QB hurry and one forced fumble ... Had one TFL and five tackles at Purdue ... Had eight tackles and a PBU at Penn State ... Led the team with 14 tackles against Michigan State ... Recorded his first career QB hurry against Wisconsin ... Forced his third career fumble at Nebraska ... Had eight tackles, including 1.5 TFLs, against Miami (Ohio) ... Recorded 12 tackles against Washington ... Recorded career highs with a solo sack and 2.0 TFLs among 10 tackles against Cincinnati ... Had eight tackles and a half-TFL in season-opener against SIU ... Academic All-Big Ten honoree.
2012 Freshman: Named to Phil Steele's second-team freshman All-America team ... Led the entire Illinois squad and all Big Ten freshmen in tackles with 86 ... Played in all 12 games and made 10 starts as a true-feshman ... Had six TFLs, 1.5 sacks, two forced fumbles, one interception, one pass break-up and one fumble recovery to go along with his team-high 86 tackles ... Earned Illinois Point Award as top Defensive Big Skill Player at annual postseason banquet ... Made seven tackles, including one TFL, against Purdue ... Registered a game- and career-high 15 tackles, including 1.5 TFLs and a half-sack against Minnesota to earn his second Big Ten Freshman of the Week honors ... Recorded seven tackles, including one for a loss, and his career first PBU at Ohio State ... Made 10 tackles against Indiana ... Registered a team-high eight tackles and recovered a fumble for the first time in his career at Michigan ... Earned Big Ten Freshman of the Week Honors (10/1) after recording a game-high 11 tackles and forcing a fumble against Penn State ... Registered seven tackles, including a half-sack, against Louisiana Tech ... Recorded the first interception of his career, 1.5 TFLs and five tackles against Charleston Southern ... Registered four tackles, including a half-TFL and half-sack at Arizona State ... Recorded one tackle and forced a fumble in his Illini debut against Western Michigan.
High School: A three-star recruit by Scout.com and Rivals.com ... Ranked the No. 33 inside linebacker in the nation by Scout.com ... Two-time Division IV Defensive Player of the Year and two-time Associated Press Division IV first-team All-State ... 2011 Ohio Cardinal Conference Defensive Player of the Year ... Had 129 tackles, 13 tackles for loss and three sacks in 2011 ... Set the area's single-season tackles record with 191 in 2010 ... Is Orrville's career leader tackles ... Played in the Ohio/Pennsylvania Big 33 All-Star Game ... High honor roll student with a 4.0 grade point average ... High school coach was Doug Davavlt. Personal: Son of Jan and John Monheim ... Born Dec. 16, 1992 ... Has two brothers and two sisters ... Majoring in kinesiology.
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