Tony Pashos
Tony Pashos

Lockport, Ill.

High School:
Lockport Township

Height / Weight:
6-6 / 320

Offensive Tackle


2002: 2002: Named first-team All-Big Ten by the media and second-team by the coaches ... Started in all 12 games this season and every one of his career ... With start against Northwestern, Pashos tied the school record for most career starts with 47, along with Tim Simpson (1988-91) ... Helped Illinois to it a school record 5,356 yards of total offense ... During his career, the team has set school records for total offense (2002 and 2001) and scoring (2001 and 1999) ... Led Illinois to an average of 446 yards of total offense per game (which ranked ninth in the nation) ... Aided running back Antoineo Harris' school-record single season rushing season ... Helped a passing offense that produced three receivers on the Illinois career Top-10 list ... Has over 100 knockdown blocks for the second straight year ... Preseason All-American ... Earned bachelor's degree in May 2002 ... Led an offensive line that posted 504 yards vs. Wisconsin, 543 yards against Michigan, 600 yards total offense vs. ASU and 602 vs. San Jose State ... Named District V Academic All-America and Academic All-Big Ten.

2001: Named a first-team All-Big Ten selection along the offensive line by the media and coaches ... Has made 35 consecutive starts on the offensive line (every game of his career) ... Anchors the Illinois line from his right tackle position ... Second on the team with 111 knockdown blocks ... Averaged 9.2 pancakes a game throughout the season, an average of one every 8.3 snaps ... Offensive line ranked second in the conference with only 16 sacks allowed (1.3 per game) and held four defenses without a sack ... Team posted over 5,000 yards of total offense for the first time in over 51 years ... Passing and scoring offense ranked second in the conference ... Team averaged 32.5 points per game, the most in school history ... Named to the Verizon Academic All-American Team... Earned Academic All-Big Ten honors.

2000: Started in all 11 games at right tackle for the Illini ... O-line was rated among the top-10 in many preseason publications ... Tallied 60 knockdowns ... Was in on 575 offensive snaps ... Line held the San Diego State defense without a sack and allowed only 20 sacks in 361 pass plays all season for an average of one sack every 18.1 pass attempts ... Helped lead offense to second consecutive 2,000 yard passing season and over 1,700 rushing yards for the second straight year, something that hasn't been accomplished by Illini teams since the 1989 and '90 seasons ... Academic All-Big Ten.

1999: Started all 12 games at right tackle ... Helped lead a young offensive line that showed improvement each game ... Helped hold four defenses sackless (Michigan, Ohio State, Iowa, and Northwestern) ... Allowed the Illini to rush for 2,082 yards (5th in the Big Ten) and pass for 2,805 (3rd in the conference) ... Gave up only 27 sacks all season in 896 plays, an average of once every 34 plays ... Totaled 41 knockdowns for the season ... Played 94 snaps against Michigan State and over 80 plays vs. Ohio State, Iowa and Indiana ... Academic All-Big Ten.

1998: Redshirted the 1998 season.

High School: Played offensive tackle at Lockport Township H.S. . . Helped lead Lockport to 9-2 mark and IHSA Class 6A playoff berth as a senior ... High school coach was Bret Kooi . . . Led team in pancake blocks as a senior . . . Earned All-SICA Blue honors ... A second-team all-state selection by the Chicago Tribune and first-team all-area by Star and Herald News ... Earned nine varsity letters at Lockport, including four in football, three in track and field and two in power lifting . . . Earned MVP honors in Rudy's 1997 Powerlifting meet, breaking meet record for deadlift at 660 pounds and total weight at 1,610 pounds.

Personal: Full given name is Anthony George Pashos . . . Born Aug. 3, 1980 in Palos Heights, Ill. . . . An honor roll student . . . Lists most memorable moment in sports as winning first round playoff game in 1997, the first playoff game for Lockport since 1985 ... His Fighting Illini hero as a youngster was Dick Butkus ... Spent last year as a volunteer in the Carle Hospital Children's unit every Monday, the team's day off ... Parents were born in Greece and Tony stays very involved with his Greek heritage. Parents are Georgios, a steel foreman, and Despina Pashos ... Majoring in history ... Enjoys lifting, running, reading and history . . . Favorite athlete is Chicago Bears Hall of Famer Walter Payton ... Enjoys the study of greek mythology ... Hometown, Lockport, is known for its canals and locks along the Chicago Canal and Des Plaines River ... Helped Coach Turner and teammates conduct the seventh-inning stretch at Wrigley Field in 2002.