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    Morris Virgil
    20 Morris Virgil
    Class:
    Senior

    Hometown:
    Urbana, Ill.

    High School:
    Urbana

    Height / Weight:
    5-10 / 200

    Position:
    DB

    Birthdate:
    04/05/1983

    Experience:
    1-1


    • Lott Award Candidate

    2005: Had three tackles against Ohio State...Returned form a shoulder injury and had four solo tackles at Indiana ... Missed the Iowa game with a shoulder injury ... Moved from strong safety to free safety this year ... Averaging 6.0 tackles/game ... Had one TFL against MSU ... Urbana product led the Illini with a career-high in tackles (12) with eight solo and four assisted against Rutgers ... Also added one PBU vs. Rutgers.

    2004: Former running back moved to safety during spring practice ... Started all 11 games at strong safety ... Third on the team and 20th in the Big Ten with 78 tackles (7.1 average) ... Tied for the team lead in tackles vs. Indiana with seven ... Had seven tackles and a PBU vs. Iowa ... Totaled nine tackles vs. Michigan ... Recorded a career-high 10 tackles for the third straight game at Michigan State ... Had 10 tackles at Wisconsin with one TFL and one PBU ... Set original career high with 10 tackles vs. Purdue, with one TFL and one PBU ... Made three tackles and had an interception and a PBU vs. Northwestern ... Recorded first career interception vs. Western Michigan ... Also had seven tackles vs. WMU ... Made four stops and had a PBU vs. Minnesota ... Fastest player on the UI squad.

    2003: Played in 10 games on the season ... Had 21 carries for 118 yards and one touchdown ... Caught two passes for nine yards and returned three kicks for 68 yards ... Rolled up 84 yards and one touchdown vs. Illinois State ... Ran six times for 22 yards vs. California ... Made one catch for four yards and returned one kick for 25 yards at UCLA.

    2002: Played in the first seven games as a backup to Antoineo Harris and as a kick returner ... Illinois' team leader in kickoff returns, with 332 yards ... Third on the team in all-purpose yards with 78.3 ypg ... Was the Illini's change-of-pace back and showed his breakaway ability in the home-opener vs. Arkansas State when he had a career-high 12 carries for a career-high 131 yards ... Also had a 69-yard TD tote that, at the time, was the longest scoring run for the Illini since 1988 ... Also scored three touchdowns and had 178 all-purpose yards vs. the Indians ... Had six carries for 42 yards vs. Michigan ... Had a career-long 36-yard kick return vs. the Wolverines ... Suffered a season-ending leg injury vs. Purdue.

    2001: Redshirted the 2001 season as a partial qualifier.

    High School: Earned three football letters under Coach Alec Anderson ... Rushed for 1,585 yards and 29 touchdowns as a senior ... Broke school records for most rushing yards, most touchdowns and most points scored in a season, as well as for total career yards... USA Today honorable mention All-American ... Earned first-team All-Conference honors ... Scored five touchdowns (two punt returns, one kickoff return and two rushing TDs) against Champaign Central ... Named to the Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun-Times All-State team ... Earned All-State honors from the Champaign News-Gazette ... Rated as a top running back by Tom Lemming, ESPN.com and Rivals.com ... Played in the All-State Shrine All-Star game ... Also earned four track and field letters ... Ran the 100 meters in 10.3, an Urbana High School track record ... Finished fourth in the 200 meters (22.24) and fifth in the 100 meters (10.79) at the 2001 IHSA Outdoor Track Meet.

    Personal: Full name is Morris Virgil-Winston ... Born April 5, 1983 in Chicago ... The son of Lloyd Winston ... Majoring in sport management ... Two-year member of honor roll ... Lists Peter Warrick as his favorite athlete ... Greatest thrill in sports was rushing for 110 yards and five touchdowns against cross-town rival Champaign Central to win Big 12 East Conference and a berth in the state playoffs ... Has one younger brother.

    Career Highs
    Tackles: 12 vs. Rutgers, 9/3/05
    Solos: 8 vs. Rutgers, 9/3/05
    TFL: 1, three times (last time vs. MSU, 9/24/05)
    Interceptions: 1, twice (last time at Northwestern 11/20/04)
    PBU: 1, six times (last time at Northwestern 11/20/04)
    Carries: 12 vs. Arkansas State, 9/14/02
    Yards: 131 vs. Arkansas State, 9/14/02
    Long Rush: 69 vs. Arkansas State, 9/14/02
    Touchdowns: 3 vs. Arkansas State, 9/14/02
    

    Defensive Statistics YEAR G ST AT TOT TFL-YDS INT-YDS PBU 2004 11 48 30 78 2-2 2-31 6 2005 9 24 9 33 1-1 0-0 3 Total 20 72 39 111 3-3 2-31 9

    Rushing Statistics YEAR G ATT YDS AVG YPG TD LG 2002 7 28 216 7.7 30.9 3 69 2003 10 21 118 5.6 11.8 1 35 TOTAL 17 49 334 6.8 19.6 4 69

    Kick Return Statistics YEAR G NO YDS AVG YPG TD LG 2002 7 16 332 20.8 47.4 0 36 2003 10 3 68 22.7 6.8 0 29 2004 4 4 87 21.8 21.8 0 37 TOTAL 21 23 487 21.2 23.1 0 69

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