O'Toole Named Offensive MVP, Thomas III Defensive MVP; 17 Seniors Honored
Postgame Notes - Illinois vs. Southern Illinois - August 31, 2013
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2013 Junior: Played in all 12 games and started the final seven ... Ranked fourth on the team in tackles with 75 ... Recorded at least eight tackles in five starts (14 vs. WIS, eight vs. MSU, 10 vs. PSU, 15 vs. OSU, eight vs. Northwestern) after collecting 10 total tackles in the season's first five games ... Recorded his first career TFL at Purdue ... Led the team with a career-high 15 tackles against Ohio State ... Made his first career start against Wisconsin and led the team in tackles with a career-high 14 stops ... Made Illini debut in season-opener against SIU, recording one tackle ... Enrolled early at Illinois and participated in 2013 spring practices.
College/Junior College: Ranked the No. 11 junior college safety in the country by 247 Sports ... Played in 11 games and racked up 90 tackles, seven interceptions - including one pick-six - and one fumble recovery as American River went 8-3 in 2012 ... Was first-team All-Valley Conference in 2012 ... Totaled 50 tackles and four interceptions in 2011 ... Originally went to Colorado State and redshirted the 2010 season before transferring to American River.
High School: Played on both sides of the ball at Corning HS, leading the team with five interceptions as a senior ... Also returned punts and kicks throughout his high school career. Personal: Son of Manson and Pamela Petty ... Has two sisters, Kourtney and Shyanne ... Born Dec. 21, 1991 ... Majoring in recreation, sport and tourism ... Father played football at Colorado State from 1970-73 and played in the NFL with the Denver Broncos.
Updated July 2014