O'Toole Named Offensive MVP, Thomas III Defensive MVP; 17 Seniors Honored
Athletes from Five Fall Sports Recognized for Excellence in the Classroom
Illinois student-athletes take part in annual Big Brothers Big Sisters Holiday Party
Senior Defensive Lineman Advances To Voting for Academic All-America
Day 2 Coverage of Big Ten Media Day in Chicago
Illinois vs. Penn State - November 22, 2014
Photos from day 2 of the 2014 Big Ten Football Media Days and Kickoff Luncheon July 29, 2014 in Chicago.
Photos from day one of the 2014 Big Ten Football Media Days and Kickoff Luncheon July 28, 2014 in Chicago.
Photos from Illinois Football's 2013 postseason awards banquet, Dec. 8, 2013, at I Hotel. (Mark Jones/Illinois Athletics)
Photos from the Orange and Blue Spring Game at Memorial Stadium - April 12, 2013
2013 Junior: Started all 12 games at defensive tackle ... Sixth on the team with 53 tackles ... Also had 5.5 TFLs, 0.5 sacks, three QB hurries and one forced fumble ... Earned Service Above Self Award at annual postseason banquet ... Tied a career high with eight tackles in season finale vs. Northwestern ... Recorded a TFL and two QB hurries against Ohio State ... Picked up first half-sack of the season against Michigan State ... Set career highs with eight tackles and four solos against Wisconsin ... Picked up a career-best 1.5 tackles for loss against Miami (Ohio) and also recorded his second career quarterback hurry ... Recorded a career-high seven tackles and forced his second career fumble against Washington ... Academic All-Big Ten honoree.
2012 Sophomore: Played in all 12 games, totaling 15 tackles, two TFLs, a half-sack, one QB hurry and one forced fumble ... Matched a career-high four tackles, posting one TFL, and recorded his first career forced fumble at Northwestern ... Recorded three tackles, including a half-TFL, against Penn State ... Had a career-high four tackles, a half-sack and a QB hurry in victory over Charleston Southern ... Academic All-Big Ten honoree.
2011 Redshirt Freshman: Played in seven games, primarily on special teams ... Had two tackles against Michigan ... Made Illini debut against SDSU, recording a half-sack ... Academic All-Big Ten honoree.
2010 Freshman: Redshirted the 2010 season.
High School: Named Western Sun Defensive Player of the Year in 2009 ... Earned All-State honors as a junior ... Garnered All-Conference honors in three seasons on varsity ... Also lettered in track and wrestling ... Was runner-up in the heavyweight division at the IHSA 2A State wrestling finals at the Assembly Hall, finishing the season with a 28-1 record ... Also advanced to the state championships in wrestling in 2009, finishing the season 35-1 ... State qualifier in track in throws as a junior ... High school football coach was Dan Starkey.
Personal: Last name pronounced TIGHTS-muh ... Son of Doris Van Byssum and Jack Teitsma ... Born on May 23, 1991 ... Majoring in sport management ... Chose Illinois over Indiana, Northern Illinois, Ball State and Central Michigan.
Updated July 2014