Wakefield Earns Second Big Ten Defensive Player Of The Week Honor


Oct. 17, 2000

University of Illinois defensive end Fred Wakefield was named the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week following his eight-tackle, four tackle for loss effort in the Illini's 31-0 blanking of Iowa.

The senior from Tuscola, Ill., had six solo tackles as well as two sacks for the loss of 17 yards. His pressure on the quarterback resulted in one forced fumble and a QB hurry. The Illini defense held the Iowa offense to only 86 yards rushing, the least allowed since the 80 yards by San Diego State in the Illini's 38-10 win in 1999. The defensive line also accounted for five sacks, the most since the seven sacks tallied against Arkansas State during the 1999 season. His two sacks increase his career total to 18, good enough for fourth on the Illinois all-time sack list, while his four tackles for loss move him to ninth on Illinois' career tackle for loss list.