42 Illini Earned at Least a 3.0 GPA and Five Graduated Following Fall 2012
Pocic, Williams Voted 2012 Captains
Teammates Write Tributes to 2012 Senior Class
Illini Close 2012 Season with Rivalry Game in Evanston
Senior Day Recognition Will Take Place Prior to Illinois-Purdue Game
Illinois vs. Purdue @ Memorial Stadium Nov. 17, 2012.
Individual and group photos of the 20 2012 Illinois Football Seniors.
Illinois vs. Penn State @ Memorial Stadium 9/29/12
Photos from 2012 student-athlete graduates from various sports. (photos by Mark Cowan, May 11, 2012).
The Fighting Illini (6-0, 2-0 Big Ten) are off to their best start since 1951.
2011 - Redshirt Junior: Played in all 13 games, making 11 starts ... Made 49 tackles on the season and had 2.0 TFLs, five PBUs and one interception on the season ... Notched three tackles and a half-TFL in Illinois' win over UCLA in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl ... Posted a career-high eight tackles and a half-TFL against Penn State ... Recorded seven tackles, including a half-TFL against Purdue ... Tied career highs with four solo tackles and two PBUs in victory over Indiana ... Posted five total tackles, including four solos, in win over Northwestern ... Recorded two tackles and one PBU in win over Western Michigan ... Posted three tackles and two PBUs in win over Arizona State ... Had his first-career INT against South Dakota State ... Made first start and recorded six tackles, a half-TFL and a forced fumble against Arkansas State.
2010 - Junior: Sat out the 2010 season after rupturing his right Achilles in August 2010. Was granted a medical hardship waiver and will have two years of eligibility remaining starting with the 2011 season.
2009 - Sophomore: Played in 11 games, making 11 tackles and recording one PBU on the season ... Played safety for three quarters at Indiana, logging four tackles and a pass break up ... Recorded a career-best tying four tackles against Illinois State.
2008 - Freshman: Played in all 12 games, seeing 126 snaps primarily on special teams ... Recorded nine tackles on the season, including six solo stops ... Had a career-high four tackles, including three solos, against Ohio State.
High School: Earned special mention All-State honors by the Chicago Tribune ... First-team All-State by the Champaign News-Gazette ... PrepStar Magazine All-Region ... Led team in receiving in 2007 with 25 catches for 601 yards and six touchdowns ... Also recorded 94 tackles, 74 solo stops, four interceptions and one forced fumble in 2007 ... Earned All-Area honors by the Southtown Star ... Rated among the top-15 recruits in the state of Illinois by Rivals.com ... Ranked the No. 51 wide receiver nationally by Scout.com ... Named to the Midwest Hot 100 list by Scout.com ... Listed as the No. 53 outside linebacker in the nation by Rivals.com ... Took Homewood-Flossmoor to the state semifinals in football in 2007 ... As a junior, recorded 417 yards receiving and posted 53 solo tackles and two interceptions ... High school coach was Kenneth Smith ... Member of the 2007 Homewood-Flossmoor basketball team, which was ranked 17th in the nation by USA Today.
Personal: Son of Sesis and Olatunji Sanni ... Born on Sept. 8, 1989 ... Majoring in communication ... Family hails from Nigeria ... High school teammate of fellow Illini Michael Buchanan ... Chose Illinois over Iowa and West Virginia.