Illini Gridders Heading to 52nd Annual Senior Bowl All-Star Game

DE Fred Wakefield and OT Marques Sullivan are heading to Senior Bowl
DE Fred Wakefield and OT Marques Sullivan are heading to Senior Bowl

Dec. 7, 2000

University of Illinois defensive end Fred Wakefield and offensive tackle Marques Sullivan have accepted invitations to play for the North squad in the 52nd annual Delchamps Senior Bowl All-Star Football Game in Mobile, Ala. on Jan. 20, 2001 at Ladd-Peebles Stadium.

The Delchamps Senior Bowl is the nation's premier pre-draft event, annually featuring the country's best senior collegiate football players and top NFL draft prospects on teams representing the North and the South which are coached by the entire coaching staffs from two National Football League teams. Senior Bowl practices are also attended by over 630 general managers, head coaches, assistant coaches, scouts and other front office personnel from the 31 National Football League teams. The Delchamps Senior Bowl is also a non-profit, charitable event which has donated over $1.8 million to charity since 1989. The game's current primary beneficiaries are the Children's Miracle Network and the University of South Alabama Children's and Women's Hospital.

Wakefield was selected following a stellar senior season in which he garnered first-team All-Big Ten honors. He led the conference in tackles for loss with 21 and was second in sacks with nine. He also recorded 11 quarterback hurries, one interception, one fumble, three pass deflections and a blocked kick. Sullivan, a Playboy Preseason All-American, earned second-team All-Big Ten honors and was named a third-team All-American by the Football Writers of America. He led the team in knockdowns and was a member of the highly touted offensive line that allowed only 18 sacks all season which ranked as the 13th lowest in college football.

Game time is set for 1 p.m. CT and will be nationally televised on ESPN.