Football


Neil Rackers
Neil Rackers

Hometown:
Florissant, Mo.

High School:
Aquinas-Mercy

Weight:
200

Position:
K

Lettered:
1996-99

1999 Highlight: Set Illinois record for points scored in a single game by a kicker with 22 at Iowa, scoring on four field goals, four extra points, and catching a touchdown pass on a fake field goal.

1999: Earned honorable mention All-Big Ten honors ... Named Illinois' Special Teams Player of the Year as well as one of the team's four captains ... Scored a school record 110 points, the most points ever in a single season... Was a perfect 9-of-9 in PATs in the Illini's 63-21 win over Virginia in the Micronpc.com Bowl ... Booted 20 field goals, including two 50-yarders, the third highest total in a single season in Illinois history ... Was a perfect 44-44 on extra point attempts , setting another school record for extra points made and attempted in a season ... Ranks sixth on all-time list with 188 kick-scoring points, sixth on career field goal list with 34, and fifth on career scoring list with 194 career points ... Caught an 18-yard touchdown pass from holder Steve Fitts on fake field goal at Iowa for first collegiate TD ... Set career highs for field goals made with four in consecutive games at Iowa and Ohio State ... Also connected on career-long 50-yard field goals at Iowa and Ohio State.

1998: Earned third varsity letter as starting kicker by hitting 7-10 field goals and 14-16 extra points for 35 points ... Matched career best with two field goals vs. Washington State, including career-long 46-yarder ... Hit three consecutive field goals twice and made four of last five attempts over last five games ... Was perfect 2-2 from 20-29 yards, 3-4 from 30-39 yards and 2-3 from 40-49 yards and barely missed wide right on 53-yard attempt vs. Louisville ... Successful on-side kick led to go-ahead touchdown vs. Indiana.

1997: Won starting kicking job in fall camp, hitting 5-10 field goals and 10-11 extra points for 25 points . . . Hit three consecutive field goals vs. Purdue and Indiana . . . Hit two 40+ field goals, connecting from 41 yards at Indiana and 40 yards vs. Michigan State ... Hit four of his last five field goal attempts over the last five games ... Had two field goals blocked and narrowly missed 59-yarder vs. Southern Miss ... Recovered own onside kick at Louisville.

1996: Took over place-kicking duties in the fifth game of the season for Bret Scheuplein ... Converted 2-of-5 field goals and was a perfect 18-for-18 on extra point attempts ... Kicked his first field goal versus Indiana, a season-long 42-yard shot ... Tied for third on the team in scoring with 24 points ... Recovered own onside kick.

1995: Redshirt season.

High School: Earned 11 varsity letters, four in baseball and soccer and three in football at Aquinas-Mercy ... A two-time All-Archdiocesan Athletic Association pick in football and baseball ... High school football coach was Dave Bolderson ... Kicked 49- and 53-yard field goals in high school ... Hit .480 and .420 in his final two varsity baseball seasons ... Scored 11 goals as a junior and 16 as a senior to lead Aquinas-Mercy to back-to-back state soccer championships ... Earned all-conference honors in soccer, baseball and football.

Personal: Past summer jobs include working for local police department ... Enrolled in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and hopes to go into broadcasting ... Parents are Richard and Mary Kay Rackers.


CAREER HIGHS

Field Goals Made: 4 at Iowa, 11/6/99 & OSU, 11/13/99
Field Goals Attempted: 4 at Iowa, 11/6/99 & OSU, 11/13/99
Longest FG: 50 at Iowa, 11/6/99 & OSU, 11/13/99
PATs Made: 9 vs. Virginia 12/30/99
Points: 22 at Iowa, 11/6/99
TD: 1 at Iowa, 11/6/99


KICKING STATISTICS

0-29 30-39 40-49 50+ FGS Long XPT Pts
1996 0-0 1-2 1-3 0-0 2-5 42 18-18 24
1997 2-2 1-3 2-3 0-2 5-10 41 10-11 25
1998 2-2 3-4 2-3 0-1 7-10 46 14-16 35
1999 6-7 5-7 7-9 2-3 20-26 50 44-44 110
Total 10-11 10-16 12-18 2-6 34-51 50 86-89 194


updated 2/09

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