Started all 12 games at defensive end ... Tied career marks for tackles (nine), tackles for loss (three), and sacks (two) vs. Michigan State ... Ranked second on team with 10 TFL ... Third on team with four sacks ... Made 43 tackles ... Led team with six QB hurries ... Blocked two kicks, including key extra point block at Michigan ... Ranks seventh on Illinois' all-time career sack list with 12.
Expected to contend for postseason honors, Wakefield came down with a virus that moved into his chest during fall drills and missed the first three games ... Made debut with four tackles and two tackles for loss vs. Iowa ... Made five stops, including three solos, one tackle for loss and one QB sack at Purdue ... Made three stops vs. Ohio State ... Also recorded tackle for loss at Northwestern and Penn State and QB sack vs. Indiana ... Also broke up a pass, forced three QB hurries, forced a fumble and blocked a kick last season.
Moved from tight end to defensive end during spring drills ... Moved into lineup following injuries to Rameel Connor and Ryan Murphy and responded with 25 tackles, including 17 solos, six TFLs and five quarterback sacks ... Also forced two fumbles, recovered a fumble and blocked a kick in nine games ... Recovered a fumble in collegiate debut vs.Washington St. ... Had four solos, one TFL and one sack at Iowa ... Piled up career-high nine tackles with six solos, two TFLs and a sack vs. Penn State ... Delivered five solos, three TFLs and two sacks at Wisconsin ... Had three tackles, one TFL and a sack vs. Purdue ... Blocked a field goal at Indiana ... Had one TFL and one sack vs. Northwestern ... Broke up a pass vs. Michigan St... Made starts vs. Iowa and Penn State.
Redshirted the 1996 season.
High School Highlights
Set school records with 360 career tackles; had 80 assists and 75 solos as a senior with nine fumble recoveries ... Four career interceptions ... A three-time first-team Little Okaw Conference selection ... Named second-team all-state by Chicago Tribune ... Picked as an all-area selection by the Champaign News-Gazette and the Decatur Herald & Review twice ... Named first-team all-conference in basketball as a junior and senior ... Named an all-area basketball selection by the Champaign News-Gazette as a senior ... A 5.0 student in high school ... Plans to study medicine ... Played offensive tackle and middle linebacker ... Earned academic all-state selection honors from the Illinois High School Football Coaches Association ... Earned four letters in football and three each in basketball and track ... Played in Illinois High School Coaches Association All-Star Game ... Member of the National Honor Society as a junior and senior ... Senior class president ... High school coach was Stan Wienke.
Born Sept. 17, 1978 ... A football, basketball and track star in high school, placed second in conference 200-meter dash, went to state finals with the 800 relay and high jumped (6-4) as a junior ... Father is Chuck Wakefield and mother is Robin Dhom ... Favorite player is Junior Seau ... Fighting Illini hero while growing up was Dick Butkus ... Majoring in kinesiology.
Tackles: 9 vs. MSU, 9/25/99 & vs. Penn State, 10/4/97
Solos: 6 vs. Penn State, 10/4/97
Tackles for loss: 3 vs. MSU, 9/25/99 & at Wisconsin, 10/11/97
Sacks: 2 vs. MSU, 9/25/99 & at Wisconsin, 10/11/97