Monheim Named Freshman All-American
Dec. 16, 2012
PARK RIDGE, Ill. - After leading all Big Ten freshmen in tackles during his freshman season, University of Illinois linebacker Mason Monheim (Orrville HS, Orrville, Ohio) has been named to Phil Steele's second-team all-freshman team.
Monheim started the final 10 games of the season after moving into a starting role in a week three win over Charleston Southern. The true-freshman led Illinois with 86 tackles on the season, the most among all Big Ten Freshmen by a wide margin. Monheim ranked 15th in the conference in tackles per game (7.2), while no other B1G freshman was in the top-50. He also added 6.0 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, two forced fumbles, one interception, one pass breakup and recovered one fumble during his rookie campaign. In eight Big Ten games, Monheim averaged 8.6 tackles per game to rank ninth overall.
Monheim was named the team's outstanding defensive skill award winner at the annual postseason banquet and was twice honored as Big Ten Freshman of the Week during the 2012 season. The first was on Oct. 1 following his 11-tackle, one-forced fumble performance against Penn State. The second came on Nov. 12 after a career-high 15 tackles and 1.5 TFLs against Minnesota.