O'Toole Named Offensive MVP, Thomas III Defensive MVP; 17 Seniors Honored
Athletes from Five Fall Sports Recognized for Excellence in the Classroom
Postgame Notes - Illinois vs. Southern Illinois - August 31, 2013
2013 Freshman: Played in all 12 games, primarily on special teams, and had three tackles ... Recorded first career tackle against Cincinnati ... Made Illini debut in the season-opener against SIU but did not record any statistics.
High School: Three-star recruit by Scout and 247 Sports ... Ranked as the No. 21 player in Michigan by Scout ... Ranked as the No. 53 tight end in the nation by 247 Sports and the No. 65 tight end in the nation by Scout ... As a senior tight end, had 19 catches for 263 yards and two touchdowns, along with 11 carries for 37 yards ... As a junior, had 36 carries for 287 yards and four touchdowns ... Earned All-Wolverine Conference honors as a senior ... Kalamazoo Gazette All-Area pick and All-Michigan Dream Team selection as a senior ... Named to the All-West Michigan team following his senior season ... Named to the "D Zone" All-Michigan offensive team as one of the top 30 players in the state.
Personal: Born Jan. 12, 1995... Parents are Brian and Ronda White ... Enrolled in general studies ... Participates in the North Park Reformed Church youth group ... Father was most influential in his athletic career because "he always told me I was going to be great even when others didn't." ... Named to the National Honor Society while in high school and graduated in the top 20 of his class.
Updated July 2014