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.
Come-from-behind win against Penn State keeps Illinois' hopes of reaching a bowl game alive.
Photos from Illinois' practice at SMU, the bowl news conference and trip to the City Square Food Pantry on day two in Dallas.
The Fighting Illini take on the Wildcats
Illinois vs. Penn State - November 22, 2014
Illinois at Wisconsin - October 11, 2014
2013 Junior: Played in six games, completing 12-of-16 passes for 141 yards with one touchdown and one interception, and rushed 10 times for 34 yards ... Went a perfect 5-for-5 for 69 yards and a touchdown against Wisconsin ... Completed three passes for 42 yards at Nebraska ... Went 3-for-5 for 31 yards and rushed for 29 yards on three carries against Miami (Ohio) ... Saw action against SIU and Cincinnati.
2012 Sophomore: Played in seven games, including two starts - Arizona State (9/8) and Charleston Southern (9/15) - when regular starter Nathan Scheelhaase was injured ... Completed 65-of-87 passes (74.7 percent) for 564 yards, six touchdowns and four interceptions on the season ... Also rushed for 76 yards and two touchdowns during his sophomore season ... Ran for a 12-yard TD, matching the longest run in his career, and a total of 16 yards on six carries while throwing for 25 yards at Northwestern ... Rushed for a career-high 31 yards and a TD on 12 carries and connected on 19-of-25 passes for 120 yards against Louisiana Tech ... Made second career start, and set the Illini single-game completion percentage record of .839 (26-of-31), while passing for five TDs and a career-high 333 passing yards against Charleston Southern ... Started and went 10-of-14 passing for 54 yards at Arizona State ... Replaced an injured Nathan Scheelhaase during the season-opening win over Western Michigan, completing 2-of-3 passes for seven yards ... Academic All-Big Ten honoree.
2011 Freshman: Shared team honors for Rookie of the Year with RB Donovonn Young ... Saw action in 10 games at quarterback ... Completed 59.7 percent of his passes on the season and threw for 270 yards in a complementary role to starter Nathan Scheelhaase ... Completed 11-of-21 passes for 63 yards against Minnesota ... Went 7-of-12 for 53 yards passing against Wisconsin ... Completed 4-of-7 passes for 31 yards against Penn State ... Was 4-of-5 passing for 28 yards against Purdue ... Completed 3-of-6 passes for 34 yards against Western Michigan ... Threw one pass against Arizona State that drew a pass interference penalty ... Was 9-for-9 passing for 50 yards against South Dakota State, including his first career passing touchdown ... Made Illini debut against Arkansas State, going 1-for-2 for four yards, with five rushing yards on one carry.
High School: Rated a top 100 player by Tom Lemming ... A three-star recruit by Rivals.com ... 2010 Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times and Champaign News-Gazette Illinois Player of the Year and first-team All-State selection by all three ... Arlington Heights Daily Herald Player of the Year ... ESPNU Illinois Player of the Year ... Gatorade Player of the Year ... NCSA Player of the Year ... Illinois High School Coaches' Association Class 7A All-State ... Helped lead the Tigers to Illinois Class 7A states titles in 2009 and 2010 ... Completed 186 of 252 (74 percent) passes for 3,187 yards and 42 scores with just three interceptions in 2010 ... Rushed for 393 yards on 70 carries with six touchdowns as a senior ... Rated the top QB in the state of Illinois in 2010 ... SuperPrep and PrepStar All-Midwest selection ... No. 10 player on Rivals.com's Illinois postseason Top 30 list ... Completed 62 percent of his passes for 2,119 yards and 24 touchdowns with three interceptions as a junior ... High school coach was Ron Muhitch ... Also a regular on the Wheaton-Warrenville South basketball team.
Personal: Son of Jenny and Michael O'Toole ... Born April 5, 1992 ... Majoring in sport management ... Favorite athlete is Peyton Manning ... Hobbies include golf, video games and basketball ... Attended same high school as Red Grange ... Chose Illinois over Iowa and Northwestern.
Updated July 2014