Illini Gridders Earn Football News and Football Writers All-American Honors

All-American offensive tackle Marques Sullivan
All-American offensive tackle Marques Sullivan

Dec. 8, 2000

University of Illinois offensive tackle Marques Sullivan picked up third-team All-American honors from the Football Writers Association, while quarterback Kurt Kittner, defensive end Fred Wakefield and Sullivan were named to the Football News honorable mention All-American teams. The honors mark the first time since 1995 that Illinois players have been selected as All-Americans.

Sullivan was a standout member of a highly touted Illinois offensive line and earned second-team All-Big Ten honors by both the media and coaches. He led the team in knockdowns for the season and helped the Illini to 380 yards of total offense a game. Wakefield is a first-team All-Big Ten selection who led the conference and was among the nation's leaders in tackles for loss with 21. He also added nine sacks to his career total to finish third on Illinois's all-time sacks and tackles for loss lists.

Kittner entered the season as one of the most talked about quarterbacks in the country, rated the fourth-best QB by ESPN The Magazine. He finished 2000 with 1,982 passing yards and 18 touchdowns, while increasing his completion percentage to 58 percent in 10 games.