Illini Score 20 Unanswered Points to Top UCLA in San Francisco
Mercilus Earns MVP Honors
Nine Illini Players Earn All-Conference Accolades
Zook Press Conference
Eleven Named Midseason All-Big Ten by Phil Steele
Photos from Tavon Wilson's career at Illinois (2008-11).
Photos from Illinois' 20-14 win over UCLA in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl, Dec. 31, 2011. (Mark Jones, Derek Neal & AP)
Illinois photos by Mark Cowan and AP photos from today's game.
The Fighting Illini (6-0, 2-0 Big Ten) are off to their best start since 1951.
Photos from Illinois 41-20 win over Indiana on Oct. 8, 2011 in Bloomington, Ind.
WILSON AWARDS & HONORS
2011 - Senior: Honorable mention All-Big Ten selection by the coaches ... Team captain ... Named team's outstanding defensive back at the annual postseason banquet ... Started all 13 games ... Finished third on the team with 81 tackles ... Notched seven tackles and one TFL in win over UCLA in Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl ... Recorded seven tackles and one PBU against Minnesota ... Posted seven tackles and one TFL against Wisconsin ... Led the Illini with 11 tackles, one fumble recovery and one interception against Michigan ... Recorded six tackles, one forced fumble and one PBU against Ohio State ... Led the team with 11 total tackles, a career-best 3.5 TFLs, one sack and returned a fumble 66 yards for a touchdown in victory over Indiana ... Posted six tackles and 0.5 TFL against Northwestern ... Recorded seven tackles, one PBU and one QB hurry against Western Michigan ... Tied team-high with eight tackles and had a half-TFL and a PBU in win over Arizona State ... Tied for team lead with five tackles and had one PBU in win over South Dakota State.
2010 - Junior: All-Big Ten honorable mention (coaches and media) ... Named team's Outstanding Defensive Back at annual postseason banquet ... Illinois' honoree for Big Ten Sportsmanship Award ... Started all 13 games at safety ... Had 48 tackles on the season along with 2.0 TFL, a team-high eight PBUs, one interception and two fumble recoveries ... Secured seven tackles and one PBU in Texas Bowl win over Baylor ... Recorded five tackles, 1.5 TFLs and one PBU against Minnesota ... Recorded first interception of 2010 and two tackles in win over Indiana ... Posted four tackles and one PBU in win at Penn State ... Tallied seven tackles against Ohio State ... Had two tackles, a PBU and a fumble recovery against Northern Illinois ... Had a career-best three PBUs and recorded five tackles in win over Southern Illinois ... Tallied first career fumble recovery, along with four tackles in season-opener against Missouri ... Moved to safety before 2010 season after playing his first two seasons at cornerback ... Preseason fourth-team All-Big Ten by Phil Steele's College Football Preview.
2009 - Sophomore: Started all 12 games, finishing third on the team with 74 tackles and leading the team with seven passes broken up ... Recorded seven solo tackles, including one for loss, in the season finale against Fresno State ... Posted five tackles, including one for loss, and a pass break up against No. 5 Cincinnati ... Was second on the team with 11 tackles, including a career-best 10 solo stops, against Northwestern ... Had five tackles and two passes broken up in win over Michigan ... Posted one tackle at Purdue ... Named Midseason Third-Team All-Big Ten by Phil Steele Magazine ... Posted seven tackles at Indiana ... Led the team with a career-best 13 tackles, including a tackle for loss and an interception that set up Illinois' first touchdown vs. Michigan State ... Posted five tackles and one pass broken up against Ohio State ... Recorded six tackles, including a career-best five solo stops and two passes broken up against Illinois State ... Logged seven tackles and a career-best 1.5 tackles for loss against Missouri.
2008 - Freshman: Played in 11 games as a true-freshman on both special teams and defense, recording 11 tackles and one PBU on the season ... Was in on 160 defensive snaps ... Posted two tackles and broke up a pass in the season finale at Northwestern ... Had a career-high five tackles against Western Michigan, including four solos ... Recorded his first career tackles against Eastern Illinois, including a TFL for a loss of one yard.
High School: Earned first-team All-Metro honors by The Washington Post ... Ranked as the fifth-best recruit in the Washington D.C area by Rivals.com ... Washington Post District Player of the Year ... Rated the No. 28 cornerback by ESPN.com ... Caught 48 passes for 958 yards and scored 10 touchdowns on the offensive side, while recording nine interceptions, including two for touchdowns as a senior ... Ranked as the 59th-best cornerback by Rivals.com ... Named to the All-DCSportsfan first-team ... High school teammate of former Illini Eddie McGee ... High school coach was Gregory Fuller.
Personal: Son of Darlene Williams ... Born on March 19, 1990 ... Majoring in communication... Chose Illinois over Maryland, Boston College and Michigan State.
Tackles: 13 vs. Michigan State, 10/10/09
Solos: 10 vs. Northwestern, 11/14/09
TFL: 3.5 vs. Indiana, 10/8/11
Fumble Recovery: 1, four times (last time vs. Michigan, 11/12/11)
INT: 1, three times (last time vs. Michigan, 11/12/11)
INT Return Yards: 5 vs. Indiana, 10/23/10
PBU: 3 vs. Southern Illinois, 9/11/10
QBH: 1 vs. Western Michigan, 9/24/11