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Illinois football vs. Minnesota @ Memorial Stadium 9/10/12
Illinois vs. Penn State @ Memorial Stadium 9/29/12
Illinois vs. Louisiana Tech 9/22/2012 @ Memorial Stadium
9/15/2012 Illinois vs. Charleston Southern @ Memorial Stadium
Illinois vs Western Michigan 9/1/2012
2011 - Sophomore: Played in all 13 games, making five starts ... Had 12 catches for 108 yards on the season ... Also saw time as punter, averaging 39.4 yards on 19 kicks, and punt returner, recording 33 return yards on 19 attempts ... Caught three passes for 25 yards against UCLA in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl and also averaged 46.0 yards on five punts with two over 50 yards and two downed inside the 20 ... Recorded a career-high nine punts for 377 yards for an average of 41.9, including four over 50 yards, three downed inside the 20 and a career-long 59-yarder at Minnesota ... Made one catch for 18 yards against Michigan ... Had a spectacular 12-yard tip-toe catch on the sideline at Penn State ... Had three catches for 27 yards against Ohio State ... Returned four punts for 19 yards, including a career-long 11 yarder, against Indiana ... Punted twice for 71 yards, including a 50-yarder, against Western Michigan ... Punted once and returned a punt against Arkansas State to become the first Illini to punt and return a punt in the same season since Bob Bess in 1969.
2010 - Freshman: Played in 12 games on the season, making six catches for 129 yards and one touchdown ... Had one reception for a career-best 52 yards in Texas Bowl win over Baylor ... Recorded his first career touchdown on a 33-yard reception at Michigan ... Secured a career-high two receptions for 19 yards in win over Indiana ... Made first collegiate appearance against Southern Illinois, tallying one reception for 10 yards.
High School: A three-star recruit by Rivals.com ... SuperPrep All-Southeast Region ... Finished senior year with 17 touchdowns ... Led the district in punting with an average of 45.3 yards ... Named to the Florida Times Union's Super 24 team ... Played receiver, defensive back, kicker, punter, kick returner and punt returner ... Caught 28 passes for 650 yards and six touchdowns as a junior ... Also lettered in track and field ... Recorded a 10.8 in the 100-meters at the Florida state high school meet and has a best of 24-6 in the long jump ... High school coach was Willie Offord.
Personal: Son of Wanda and Paul Lankford ... Born on Dec. 9, 1991, in Miami ... Father, Paul, played defensive back for the Miami Dolphins ... Majoring in communication ... Chose Illinois over Louisville, Central Florida, Connecticut and Central Michigan among others.
Receptions: 3, twice (last vs. UCLA, 12/31/11)
Receiving Yards: 52 vs. Baylor, 12/29/10
Long Reception: 52 vs. Baylor, 12/29/10
Touchdowns: 1 at Michigan, 11/6/10
Punts: 9 vs. Minnesota, 11/26/11
Yardage: 377 vs. Minnesota, 11/26/11
Punting Average: 46.0 vs. UCLA, 12/31/11
Long Punt: 59 vs. Minnesota, 11/26/11
Punt Returns: 5 vs. South Dakota State, 9/10/11
Long Punt Return: 11 vs. Indiana, 10/8/11