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*Martez Wilson heading into rJr season: 2010: Wilson earned first team All-Big Ten honors by the media for his effort on the field during the 2010 campaign. He led Illinois and ranked fourth in the Big Ten in tackles (112) and also added 11.5 tackles for loss, four sacks, three forced fumbles, four quarterback hurries, four pass breakups, an interception, a fumble recovery and a blocked kick. Wilson led the Illini to their first bowl win since 1999 with seven tackles, including one TFL, in Illinois' 38-14 victory over Baylor in the 2010 Texas Bowl...Wilson appeared in all 13 games for the Illini as an outside linebacker as a true freshman, helping the team to nine wins and a trip to the Rose Bowl. He played 11 games as a sophomore in 2008, totaling 69 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss and 3.0 sacks, before being moved to middle linebacker to start his junior year...2009: Recorded nine tackles in the season opener against Missouri ... Suffered a herniated disc in his neck, which forced him to miss the remainder of the 2009 season ... Granted a medical hardship waiver for 2009...2008: Ranked 14th in the Big Ten in tackles per game with 6.6 ... Ranked fifth in the Big Ten in fumbles recovered with two ... Totaled four tackles, a PBU and recovered a fumble against Ohio State ... Recorded three solo tackles against Western Michigan ... Had five tackles against Iowa ... Posted four tackles, one for loss, a sack, a career-tying two quarterback hurries and a forced fumble at Wisconsin ...2007: Named honorable mention Freshman All-American by Scout.com ... Played in all 13 games at linebacker ... Posted three solo tackles in the Rose Bowl against USC ... Recorded two tackles, including a solo, at No. 1 Ohio State.
*Mikel Leshoure heading into Jr season: 2010: Leshoure was a second team All-American by the Associated press and a first-team All-Big Ten selection during his junior season at Illinois after breaking the single-season school record with 1,697 rushing yards and 17 touchdowns. He helped lead the Fighting Illini to their first bowl victory since 1999, a 38-14 win over Baylor in the 2010 Texas Bowl. Leshoure rushed for a Texas Bowl-record 187 yards and three touchdowns and was named Texas Bowl MVP...set a school record for points in a season (122) as well as touchdowns in a season (20). His 330 rushing yards against Northwestern on Nov. 20 at Wrigley Field broke the Illinois single-game rushing record and was the highest total in the NCAA during the 2010 season. Leshoure finished his career tied for sixth on the Illinois career-rushing list with 2,557 yards, just ahead of former Illini greats and current NFL running backs Pierre Thomas (2,545 yards) and Rashard Mendenhall (2,539 yards) and tied with former quarterback Juice Williams. He also is tied for fourth on the UI career touchdowns list with 28...2009: Earned honorable mention All-Big Ten honors ... Ranked sixth in the Big Ten and 71st in the NCAA in rushing with 66.7 yards per game ... Played in 11 games, starting three ... Named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week for his career performance against Fresno State, rushing for 184 yards on 11 carries, 16.7 yards per carry, in the season finale ... Played in nine games and started one at tailback as a true-freshman ... Missed final three games of the season with an injury ... Rushed five times for 11 yards against Iowa, also catching a career-high three passes for 31 yards ... Had the first rushing touchdown of his career at Michigan.
Jon Asamoah heading into Sr season: 2009 Senior Bowl Invite (Minus 15 pounds at weigh-in from listed weight/315)…2008: Earned honorable mention All-Big Ten honors by both the coaches and media … Played and started in all 12 games at right guard … Was in on 852 offensive snaps and 30 plays of special teams, the most on the offensive line … Part of an offensive line that helped the Illini lead the Big Ten in pass offense (269.3) and ranked second in total offense (439.4). 2007: Started at right guard in all 13 games … Was in on 991 offensive plays … Recorded 80 knockdowns. 2006: Played in five of the last six games of the season at offensive guard, logging 48 plays. Personal: Wendy's High School Heisman Nominee for outstanding achievement in athletics, academics and the community … Earned the Cook County Circuit Court - Black History Award for academics and community service.
*Corey Liuget heading into Jr season: 2010: Liuget had a career year in 2010, earning second-team All-Big Ten accolades after recording 63 tackles, 12.5 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks, 10 quarterback hurries and three passes broken up. He was a force in Illinois' 38-14 win over Baylor in the 2010 Texas Bowl, recording five tackles, 2.5 TFLs and a sack, earning him recognition on ESPN.com's 2010 All-Bowl Team. During the Oct. 16 game at Michigan State, Liuget collected a career-high 11 tackles, the most by an Illini defensive tackle since 1996. During his three-year Illinois career, Liuget had 125 tackles, 25.5 TFLs and 8.5 sacks...2009: Played in all 12 games, making four starts ... Posted five tackles, including a career-best three solo stops in the season finale against Fresno State ... Had one tackle for a loss of a yard against No. 5 Cincinnati ... Posted a career-best seven tackles, including 1.5 tackles for loss against Northwestern ...2008: Ranked fifth in the Big Ten in fumbles recovered ... Played in 11 games and started two at defensive tackle as a true-freshman ... Finished the season with two stops at Northwestern ... Totaled four tackles and a career-high two TFLs against Ohio State ... Had the best game of his freshman season against Indiana, tying his career high with five tackles (three solos), recording a PBU, and recovering a fumble.
*Whitney Mercilus heading into rJr season: As expected, general manager Rick Smith was able to bolster depth at receiver and in the offensive line, the two most desperate areas on the team. He drafted two receivers and three linemen, and he didn't start to fill those needs until the third round. Smith also drafted a kicker for the first time in franchise history. BEST PICK: Outside linebacker Whitney Mercilus: Defensive coordinator Wade Phillips envisions Mercilus coming off the bench in passing situations. He would be paired with starting outside linebackers Connor Barwin and Brooks Reed, defensive tackles J.J. Watt and Antonio Smith and inside linebacker Brian Cushing. Mercilus probably will play weak-side end in the nickel so they can take advantage of his speed coming off the edge. - The Sports Xchange
*Vontae Davis heading into Jr season: 2008: All-American first-team choice by Playboy...Consensus All-Big Ten Conference first-team selection...Started 11 games at strong-side cornerback, coming off the bench vs. Iowa...Ranked second on the team with a career-high 78 tackles (53 solos) that included seven stops for losses of 18 yards and one quarterback pressure...Tied for second in the conference with three forced fumbles...Intercepted two passes, broke up eight others and recovered one fumble...Gained 99 yards on five kickoff returns (19.8 avg)...Saw his opponents complete 34 of 53 passes targeted into his area (64.15%) for 269 yards (7.91 yards per completion/5.08 yards per pass attempt) and four touchdowns, as eleven of those catches resulted in first downs...Registered 23 third-down stops, including 17 vs. the pass, adding two more on fourth-down action...Collected nine of his tackles inside the red zone, including six on goal-line plays...Davis started 34 of 36 games he played in for the Fighting Illini, recording 206 tackles (139 solos) with 13.5 stops for losses totaling 34 yards and three quarterback pressures...Had three forced fumbles and recovered two others...Gained 12 yards on seven interception returns and deflected 22 passes...Returned nine kickoffs for 215 yards (23.9 avg) and blocked two punts for 31 yards in returns, including one touchdown...2007: 12 GP; 12 GS; PR: 2-31-15.5-1 KR: 4-116-29-0; 56 Sol-76 TT, 4 TFL, 4 INT, 8 PBU, 1 QBH, 2 BLK; First team All-Big 10. Sixth in interceptions and sixth in passes defended in the Big Ten ... Posted a career-best, team-leading 13 tackles... 2006: 12 GP; 12 GS; 30 Sol-52 TT, 2.5 TFL, 1 INT, 6 PBU, 1 QBH, 1 FR; Named to Freshman All-America first teams by The Sporting News, Scout.com and Rivals.com … Earned honorable mention All-Big Ten honors by both the coaches and the media… Brother, Vernon, played tight end at Maryland and was the sixth overall pick in the 2006 NFL Draft, selected by the San Francisco 49ers.
*Arrelious Benn heading into Jr season: 2008: 12 GP; 12 GS; Rush: 23-101-4.4-2; Rec: 67-1055-15.7-3; PR: 15-114-7.6-0 KR: 20-398-19.9-0; 3 Sol-3 TT; Named fourth-team All-America by Phil Steele Magazine ... Earned first-team All- Big Ten honors by the media and second-team honors by the coaches ... Started and played in all 12 games at receiver ... Posted 1,668 all-purpose yards, which is the third best single-season performance in school history ... Had 67 receptions, fifth-best season in the Illinois record book ... Had five 100-yard receiving games, which is fifth in an Illinois single season ... Ranked 16th in the NCAA and first in the Big Ten in receiving yards per game (87.9) ... Also ranked third in the Big Ten in receptions per game (5.58) ... Ranked fifth in the Big Ten and 33rd in the nation with 139.0 all-purpose yards per contest ... Reached 1,000 yards for the first time in his career and the first for an Illini since 2002 ... One of only four Illini receivers to ever reach 1,000 yards receiving in a season ...2007: 13 GP; 13 GS; Rush: 32-158-4.9-0; Rec: 54-676-12.5-2; KR: 10-280-28-1; 4 Sol-4 TT; Big Ten Freshman of the Year. Second-Team Freshman All-American (by The Sporting News). Broke the Illini record for receiving yards by a freshman against Ball State (formerly Brandon Lloyd, 511, 1999) ... Broke the UI freshman receptions record (Ty Douthard, 43, 1993) with four catches at Minnesota ... Tied for 15th in receptions per game and 16th in receiving yards per game in the Big Ten ... Ranked 15th in the Big Ten in all-purpose yards ... Had a career-high five catches for 80 yards in the Rose Bowl vs. USC.
Hugh Thornton heading into Sr season: A closer look at the Colts' picks: Round 3/86 - Hugh Thornton, G/T, 6-3, 320, Illinois...Versatile offensive lineman who is expected to play guard. Started most of last season at offensive tackle for the Illini but will get a long look at guard for Indy. Colts targeted Thornton early. Was recruited to Illinois and coached by current offensive line coach Joe Gilbert. - The Sports Xchange
A.J. Jenkins heading into Sr season: A closer look at the 49ers' picks: Round 1/30 -- A.J. Jenkins, WR, 6-0, 190, Illinois...Jenkins caught 90 passes last year, nearly half of starting quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase's completions. BEST PICK Wide receiver A.J. Jenkins: Their best pick may be their first. While the team is stacked with receivers, Jenkins is the only one, other than former first-round choice Michael Crabtree, who could be a future No. 1 receiver. So far, Crabtree has been a disappointment as the receiving bell cow and his disappearance in the playoffs did not help him. Jenkins appears to be what Crabtree is not and that's a gym rat who will make time to put in extra work with quarterback Alex Smith. - The Sports Xchange
Lawrence Sidbury heading into rSr season: 2008: Helped Richmond earn the school's first NCAA Championship in any sport on its way to a school-record 13-3 record. The Spiders won nine consecutive games to end the season, which stands as the longest winning streak in the FCS entering 2009...Started all 16 games he played in at left defensive end. Recording a career-high 56 tackles (26 solo), as he led the Spiders with 11.5 sacks for minus 61 yards (third-best season total in school history) and led the CAA with 20 stops for losses totaling 80 yards...Registered four quarterback pressures, as he caused three fumbles, recovered another and deflected two passes...Had at least one sack in eight games and at least one tackle behind the line of scrimmage in 13 contests...Sidbury started 31-of-52 games at Richmond, recording 145 tackles (71 solos) with 20.5 sacks for minus-111 yards and 38 stops for losses of 159 yards...Registered six quarterback pressures, as he caused four fumbles, recovered two others and deflected four passes...His 20.5 quarterback sacks rank fourth in school history behind Marc Megna (32.0, 1994-98), Steve Quander (25.0, 1994-97) and Tom Coles (24.5, 1986-88)...Posted 11.5 sacks in 2008, moving to third on Richmond's season-record list behind Marl Megna's 13.0 in 1998 and 14.0 in 1997...Became the seventh player in school history invited to play in the prestigious Senior Bowl, joining defensive end John Hilton, offensive tackle Wayne Fowler (1970), defensive back Jeff Nixon (1979), tailback Barry Redden (1982), safety Brian Jordan (1989) and linebacker Shawn Barber (1998)...His four quarterback sacks vs. Montana in the 2008 FCS title game set the NCAA record for most sacks in a playoff game and were also the most sacks registered by a Richmond player in a contest...2007: 13 GP; 13 GS; 20 Sol-48 TT, 8 TFL, 4.5 SK, 1 PBU, 2 QBH, 1 FR, 1 FF; First team All-CAA...2006: 9 GP; 0 GS; 11 Sol-17 TT, 5.5 TFL, 1 SK; Played in nine games... Was in on 17 tackles (5.5 for loss) and one sack... Helped a Richmond defense that ranked 21st nationally against the run (115.9 yards/game), 36th against the pass (117.3 yards/game) and 22nd in points allowed (18.09 points/game)...2005: 13 GP; 1 GS; 12 Sol-24 TT, 4 TFL, 3 SK, 1 PBU; Helped the Spider defense rank fourth in the conference and 38th in the country in total defense (339.3 yd/game)... Was part of a Spider defensive squad which also ranked fourth in the conference and 22nd in the nation against the rush (120.1 yd/game)... Took part in the Spider defense which recorded 51 total sacks, the most since wracking up 59 in 1997... Played in 13 games and started one... Recorded a total of 24 tackles, including four for loss... Garnered three sacks for a total of 12 yards. 2004: Redshirted... Competes on the Richmond track & field squad.
Jeff Allen heading into Sr season: The Chiefs did not make the AFC field for the playoffs last season, but that did not have general manager Scott Pioli trolling the draft waters for immediate help and contributors to his starting lineups. Instead, Pioli drafted like he's had a solid contender for several seasons, selecting eight draft picks that almost to a man, are down the line players for the Chiefs. "One of the things we talk about is trying to get this team bigger, stronger, faster, tougher and we feel in the last two days we have certainly gotten bigger, stronger, faster, tougher," Pioli said. "We've created quality depth and definitely created competition throughout the football team." BEST PICK: Tackle Jeff Allen: A four-year starter at Illinois at left and right tackle, Allen may be switched to guard with the Chiefs and compete with veteran Ryan Lilja for the starting job at left guard. - The Sports Xchange
Tavon Wilson heading into Sr season: A closer look at the Patriots' picks: Round 2/48 - Tavon Wilson, DB, 6-0, 203, Illinois...The Patriots were more than likely attracted to Wilson based on his size; at six feet and 203 pounds, he'll easily be one of the biggest defensive backs on the team when camp arrives. COULD SURPRISE: Safety Tavon Wilson -- The real surprise here is that the Patriots drafted him in the second round, so this particular pick could be a game-changer in more ways than one, but some question whether or not they needed to use a second-round pick to get him. - The Sports Xchange
*Akeem Spence heading into rJr season: A closer look at the Bucs' picks: Round 4/100 - Akeem Spence, DT, 6-1, 307, Illinois...Spence is an exceptionally strong player with a quick first step. Started all 38 games he played for the Illini. Bench pressed 225 pounds 37 times at the NFL combine. Had 3.5 sacks and 10 tackles for loss in three seasons. Will help replace Roy Miller at nose tackle after he signed with the Jaguars as a free agent. - The Sports Xchange
Michael Buchanan heading into Sr season: A closer look at the Patriots' picks: Round 7/226 - Michael Buchanan, DE, 6-5, 255, Illinois...After doubling up at wide receiver early in the draft, New England went for a second defensive end with Buchanan to add a boost to the pass rush. Buchanan had 7.5 sacks in 2011 and was the Illini Defensive Player of the Year last fall with 4.5 as a long, athletic edge presence. - The Sports Xchange
Michael Hoomanawanui heading into Sr season: 2009 Senior Bowl Invite...2008: 12 GP; 8 GS; Rec: 25-312-12.5-2; KR: 1-18-18-0; 2 Sol-3 TT; Earned honorable mention All-Big Ten honors by both the media and coaches. 2007: 11 GP; 5 GS; Rec: 5-64-12.8-2; KR: 1-16-16-0; 1 Sol-1 TT; Played in 11 games, starting five at tight end. 2006: Played in 10 games, starting three at tight end … Caught a pass to convert a two-point conversion vs. Purdue, but did not record any official statistics. Personal: Father, Isy, played football for Illinois State.
Xavier Fulton heading into rSr season: 2007: Second team All-Big 10. Starting left tackle for all 13 games ... Was in on 997 offensive snaps ... Recorded a team-leading 109 knockdowns ... Helped post 445 total offense on the USC's fourth-ranked defense nationally in the Rose Bowl ... Led the way for 541 total yards of offense and 321 rushing yards against Northwestern ... Helped pave the way for 260 rushing yards at No. 1 Ohio State, quadrupling the Buckeyes' average rushing yards allowed... Moved to offensive line from defensive tackle during 2007 spring practice. 2006: Took a medical redshirt year after injuring his knee during the 2005 season. 2005: 7 GP; 0 GS; 13 Sol-2 TT, 0.5 TFL, 1 PBU, 3 QBH, 1 BLK; Played and started in the first seven games of the season before suffering a season-ending knee injury ... Registered 13 total tackles, two tackles for loss and three quarterback hurries for the year. 2004: 8 GP; 0 GS; 3 Sol-6 TT, 1 PBU, 2 QBH; Played in eight games and started three as a true freshman, collecting six tackles, two QB hurries and one PBU.
Brit Miller heading into Sr season: 2007: 13 GP; 13 GS; KR: 3-3-1-0; 39 Sol-62 TT, 8.5 TFL, 1 SK, 5 PBU; Recorded five solo tackles, three tackles for loss and one sack against USC in the Rose Bowl ... Led all Illinois linebackers with five PBUs ... Had three solo tackles at No. 1 Ohio State ... 2006: 12 GP; 10 GS; 18 Sol-43 TT, 4.5 TFL, 2 INT, 1 QBH, 1 FF... 2005: 11 GP; 4 GS; 30 Sol-46 TT, 4.5 TFL, 1 SK, 1 PBU; Played in all 11 games, starting the final four at linebacker ... Finished the season seventh on the total tackles list with 46, while recording 4.5 tackles for loss.
Ryan McDonald heading into rSr season: 2007: Second team All-Big 10. Three-year starter on the offensive line and two-year starter at center ... Graded out at 90 percent for effort, technique and assignment for the entire season ... Played 941 offensive snaps ... Recorded 102 knockdowns ... Did not allow a sack or commit a penalty all season ... Helped the Illini record 445 of total offense against USC's fourth-ranked defense in the Rose Bowl ... 2006: Started all 12 games at center … Rushing offense finished first in the Big Ten and 10th in the nation with an average per game of 188.8 yards … The 5.2 yards per carry led the conference and were fifth-highest in the nation … Team rushed for 2,266 yards, the most since the 1973 season and the average was highest since 1978 … Offense rushed for over 200 yards on seven different occasions … Earned team's scholar-athlete award … Earned CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District honors … Academic All-Big Ten...2005: Earned the team's Scholar-Athlete Award with a 3.87 GPA in aeronautical engineering ... Started all 11 games, 10 at right tackle and the season finale at left tackle ... Was in on 716 offensive snaps and 43 special teams plays... Earned Academic All-Big Ten honors...2004: Redshirted...Father, Phil, played center for the Illini from 1974-76.
Derek Walker heading into rSr season: 2007: 12 GP; 8 GS; 12 Sol-22 TT, 3.5 TFL, 2.5 SK, 2 PBU, 4 QBH, 1 FR; Played in 12 of 13 games, starting eight at defensive end ... 2006: 12 GP; 12 GS; 12 Sol-29 TT, 7 TFL, 4.5 SK, 2 PBU, 6 QBH; Named the team's defensive lineman of the year … Led team with 5.5 sacks... 2005: 11 GP; 11 GS; 15 Sol-26 TT, 6 TFL, 1 SK, 1 PBU, 3 QBH; Earned Freshman All-America honors from The Sporting News ... Started all 11 games at defensive end, finishing the year with 26 total tackles and six tackles for loss, second-most on the team... Recorded tackles for loss in six different games ... 2004: Redshirted.
Terry Hawthorne heading into Sr season: A closer look at the Steelers' picks: Round 5/150 - Terry Hawthorne, CB, 6-0, 190, Illinois...Oft-injured, including concussion issue, and that likely dropped him. A playmaker joins a defense that had trouble making them the past two years. Has good size, speed and Steelers think also could play safety. - The Sports Xchange
Jeff Cumberland heading into Sr season: 2008: 10 GP; 3 GS; Rush: 1-23-23-0; Rec: 20-352-17.6-4; 1 Sol-1 TT; Started three of the final four games. Did not play against Missouri or Eastern Illinois due to injury. 2007: 13 GP; 0 GS; Rush: 2-42-21-0; Rec: 12-243-20.2-3; 3 Sol-3 TT; Moved from tight end to receiver midway through the season. 2006: 12 GP; 5 GS; Rec: 16-232-14.5-1; Earned honorable mention freshman All-America honors by The Sporting News…Played in all 11 games, starting five at tight end … Finished the season with 16 catches, tied for the second most on the team.
Will Davis heading into Sr season: 2007: 13 GP; 13 GS; KR: 1-9-9-0; 29 Sol-41 TT, 12.5 TFL, 9.5 SK, 7 QBH, 1 FF; Honorable Mention All--Big 10. Ranked 26th in the nation and sixth in the Big Ten in sacks per game with 0.73 ... Tied for 96th in the nation and 12th in the Big Ten in TFLs per game ... 2006: 12 GP; 2 GS; 11 Sol-18 TT, 3.5 TFL, 2 SK, 5 QBH, 2 FF; Played in all 12 games, starting the final two at defensive end... 2005: Played in eight games as both a wide receiver and tight end ... Did not record any statistics ... Was in on 58 special teams snaps and 23 offensive plays... Mom played basketball for the Liberian national team and the University of Liberia and his uncle, John Davis, played soccer for Liberia.
Clay Nurse heading into rSr season: 2009: Earned honorable mention All-Big Ten honors ... Played in all 12 games, starting six ... Had a career-best seven tackles, including four quarterback sacks in win over Minnesota ... His four sacks rank No. 2 in the Illinois record book for a single game and third for single-game tackles for loss ...2008: Played in all 12 games, primarily on special teams ... Posted one tackle against Northwestern in the season finale ... Saw action in each of the first five games of the season but did not record any statistics...2007: Played in five games, seeing 18 snaps, primarily on kickoff coverage...2006: Played in three games before suffering a shoulder injury, which sidelined him for the rest of the season ... Did not record any statistics ... Took a medical redshirt.
Daniel Dufrene heading into rSr season: 2008: 11 GP; 7 GS; Rush: 117-663-5.7-0; Rec: 30-271-9-2; Ranked eighth in the Big Ten in rushing with 60.3 yards per game. 2007: 13 GP; 0 GS; Rush: 47-294-6.3-2; Rec: 3-9-3-0; Played in all 13 games as a back-up running back to school record-holder Rashard Mendenhall. 2005: Signed with Vanderbilt out of high school and attended for one semester (redshirted) before transferring to the College of the Sequoias. JC: An All-Conference selection at College of the Sequoias, rushed for 750 yards and nine touchdowns as a freshman … Three-star recruit by Rivals.com.
Jarred Fayson heading into rSr season: 2009: Played in nine games, starting five ... Totaled a career-best 67 yards on two catches, including a career-long 55-yarder against No. 5 Cincinnati ... Returned from a knee injury and hauled in two catches for 29 yards and returned one punt eight yards against Northwestern ... Had one catch for three yards in win over Minnesota ... Missed the Indiana and Purdue games with a quad/knee injury ... Had three punt returns for 6.7 yards per return against Michigan State ... Caught his first touchdown in an Illinois uniform with his 17-yard reception against Penn State ... Hauled in two catches for 25 yards vs. the Nittany Lions ... Had one catch for five yards at Ohio State ... Led team for second week with four catches and 39 yards against Illinois State ... Led team with four catches for 50 yards in the season opener against Missouri ... Named Athlon's top receiver transfer ... Earned preseason second-team All-Big Ten by Phil Steele magazine. 2008: Enrolled at Illinois in January 2008 ... Sat out the season due to NCAA transfer rules. 2007: At Florida: Lined up at running back, wide receiver and was on both punt and kick return units in 2007 … Played in 11 of 13 games, recording 12 catches for 148 yards and catching three touchdown passes … Also rushed for 89 yards on 19 carries … Was second on the Florida team with eight punt returns for a 7.6 average per return. 2006: As a freshman, had one reception for one yard and carried the ball 14 times for 126 yards (9.0 avg.) in 13 games.
Jason Ford heading into Sr season: Pre-2011: Arrested in April 2011 on outstanding warrant for suspended license after police were called to campus parking lot to check out domestic disturbance complaint. 2010: Played in 12 games and made four starts … Rushed for 480 yards on 99 carries (4.8 ypc) with seven touchdowns … Also caught seven passes for 52 yards and threw a four-yard touchdown pass (against Penn State) … Had 12 carries for 54 yards and three receptions for 29 yards in Texas Bowl win over Baylor … Did not play against Purdue due to sprained right ankle. 2009: Played in all 12 games, starting five … Rushed for 588 yards on 97 carries (6.1 ypc) and scored four touchdowns on the season … Also caught 11 passes for 128 yards (11.6 ypc). 2008: Played in all 12 games and started five … Had 81 carries for 294 yards and a team-high eight touchdowns on the season and also had 79 receiving yards on nine catches … Broke out for a career-high 172 yards and three touchdowns on 19 carries against Indiana, earning a "Helmet Sticker" award from the ESPN College GameDay crew.
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