Illinois Fighting Illini football

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Illinois Fighting Illini football
2014 Illinois Fighting Illini football team
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First season 1890
Athletic director Michael Thomas
Head coach Tim Beckman
3rd year, 6–18  (.250)
Home stadium Memorial Stadium
Stadium capacity 60,670
Stadium surface FieldTurf
Location Champaign, Illinois
Conference Big Ten
Division West
All-time record 586–552–51 (.514)
Postseason bowl record 8–9 (.471)
Claimed national titles 5
Conference titles 15
Consensus All-Americans 24
Current uniform
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Colors

Blue and Orange

          
Fight song Illinois Loyalty and Oskee Wow Wow
Marching band Marching Illini
Major Rivals Northwestern Wildcats
Purdue Boilermakers
Indiana Hoosiers
Ohio State Buckeyes

The Illinois Fighting Illini are a major college football program, representing the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign. They compete in NCAA Division I-A and the Big Ten Conference.

Current staff[edit]

Name Position
Tim Beckman Head Coach
Bill Cubit Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks Coach
Mike Bellamy Receivers Coach
Tim Banks Defensive Coordinator/Safeties Coach
Tim Salem Special Teams Coordinator/Running Backs Coach
Alex Golesh Recruiting Coordinator/Tight Ends Coach
Tom Brattan Offensive Line Coach
Al Seamonson Outside Linebackers Coach
Mike Ward Inside Linebackers Coach
Greg Colby Defensive Line Coach

All-time win/loss/tie record[edit]

  • 563-513-51[1]

National championships[edit]

The University of Illinois has five national championships in football: 1914, 1919, 1923, 1927, and 1951. The Fighting Illini now officially recognize the 1951 National Championship by the Boand selecting body,[2] but as recently as 2006 this was not mentioned officially by the school.[3]

Year Coach Selector Record Bowl Game
1914 Bob Zuppke Parke H. Davis 7-0-0
1919 Bob Zuppke Billingsley, Boand, Football Research, Parke H. Davis 6-1-0
1923 Bob Zuppke Boand, Football Research, Helms, National Championship Foundation, Parke H. Davis 8-0-0
1927 Bob Zuppke Billingsley, Dickinson, Helms, National Championship Foundation, Parke H. Davis 7-0-1
1951 Ray Eliot Boand 9-0-1 Won Rose Bowl
National Championships 5

Big Ten championships[edit]

Year Coach Big Ten Record Overall Record Bowl Game
1910 Arthur Hall 4-0-0 7-0-0
1914 Bob Zuppke 6-0-0 7-0-0
1915 Bob Zuppke 3-0-2 5-0-2
1918 Bob Zuppke 4-0-0 5-2-0
1919 Bob Zuppke 6-1-0 6-1-0
1923 Bob Zuppke 5-0-0 8-0-0
1927 Bob Zuppke 5-0-0 7-0-1
1928 Bob Zuppke 4-1-0 7-1-0
1946 Ray Eliot 6-1-0 8-2-0 Won Rose Bowl
1951 Ray Eliot 5-0-1 9-0-1 Won Rose Bowl
1953 Ray Eliot 5-1-0 7-1-1
1963 Pete Elliott 5-1-1 8-1-1 Won Rose Bowl
1983 Mike White 9-0-0 10-2-0 Lost Rose Bowl
1990 John Mackovic 6-2-0 8-4-0 Lost Hall of Fame Bowl
2001 Ron Turner 7-1 10-2 Lost Sugar Bowl
15-time Big Ten Champions

Bowl Game history[edit]

Date Bowl W/L Opponent PF PA
January 1, 1947 Rose Bowl W UCLA 45 14
January 1, 1952 Rose Bowl W Stanford 40 7
January 1, 1964 Rose Bowl W Washington 17 7
December 29, 1982 Liberty Bowl L Alabama 15 21
January 2, 1984 Rose Bowl L UCLA 9 45
December 31, 1985 Peach Bowl L Army 29 31
December 29, 1988 All-American Bowl L Florida 10 14
January 1, 1990 Florida Citrus Bowl W Virginia 31 21
January 1, 1991 Hall of Fame Bowl L Clemson 0 30
December 31, 1991 John Hancock Bowl L UCLA 3 6
December 30, 1992 Holiday Bowl L Hawai'i 17 27
December 31, 1994 Liberty Bowl W East Carolina 30 0
December 30, 1999 MicronPC.com Bowl W Virginia 63 21
January 1, 2002 Sugar Bowl L LSU 34 47
January 1, 2008 Rose Bowl L USC 17 49
December 29, 2010 Texas Bowl W Baylor 38 14
December 31, 2011 Fight Hunger Bowl W UCLA 20 14
Total 17 Bowl Games 8-9 418 368

Rivalries[edit]

All-time statistical leaders[edit]

Career leaders[edit]

Season leaders[edit]

Game leaders[edit]

Recruiting[edit]

Illinois Fighting Illini Football Scout.com team recruiting rankings:

Class

Scout.com

Rank

Commits

Top Commit

2013

42 25 Aaron Bailey

2012

68 18 T.J. Neal

2011

40 27 Jon Davis

2010

57 22 Chandler Whitmer

2009

35 22 Andrew Carter

2008

19 28 Corey Liuget

2007

20 21 Arrelious Benn

2006

28 27 Isiah Williams

2005

45 19 Rashard Mendenhall

2004

44 24 Xavier Fulton

2003

31 28 Kelvin Hayden

2002

47 22 James McGill


Individual honors[edit]

Dick Butkus - 1964
Jim Grabowski - 1965
Jeff George - 1989
Dana Howard - 1994
Kevin Hardy - 1995
Whitney Mercilus - 2011
  • CFPA National Defensive Performer of the Year
Whitney Mercilus - 2011
  • CFPA Running Back Trophy
Mikel Leshoure - 2010
Jim Grabowski - 1965... Miami
Dave Wilson - 1981... New Orleans
Jeff George - 1990... Indianapolis
Buddy Young - 1944... 5th
Bill Burrell - 1959... 4th
Dick Butkus - 1964... 3rd
Jim Grabowski - 1965... 3rd
George Halas - 1919
Buddy Young - 1946
Julius Rykovich - 1946
Bill Tate - 1951
Jim Grabowski - 1964
Red Grange - 1924
Alex Agase - 1946
Bill Burrell - 1959
Dick Butkus - 1963
Jim Grabowski - 1965
Don Thorp - 1983
Rashard Mendenhall - 2007
Moe Gardner - 1990
Darrick Brownlow - 1990
Dana Howard - 1993 & 1994
Simeon Rice - 1992
Arrelious Benn - 2007
Moe Gardner - 1989
Simeon Rice - 1994
Mike White - 1983
Ron Zook - 2007
Mike White - 1983
John Mackovic - 1988 & 1989
Ron Turner - 2001
Ron Zook - 2007

Retired numbers[edit]

Illinois Fighting Illini retired numbers
No. Player Position Career
50 Dick Butkus LB 1962-64
77 Red Grange [4] HB 1923-25

College Football Hall of Famers[edit]

Consensus All-Americans[edit]

Pro Football Hall of Famers[edit]

[6]

Current NFL players[edit]

Fighting Illini Currently in the NFL[7]
Name Position Height Weight (lbs.) Hometown Draft Year Pick (Round) Pro-Bowls Super Bowls Current NFL Team
Jeff Allen Guard 6'4" 315 Chicago, IL 2012 44 (2nd Round) 0 0 Kansas City Chiefs
Jon Asamoah Offensive guard 6'4" 305 Matteson, IL 2010 68 (3rd Round) 0 0 Kansas City Chiefs
Alan Ball Cornerback 6'2" 191 Detroit, MI 2007 237 (7th Round) 0 0 Jacksonville Jaguars
Arrelious Benn Wide receiver 6'1" 215 Washington, D.C. 2010 39 (2nd Round) 0 0 Philadelphia Eagles
Michael Buchanan Outside linebacker 6'5" 250 Homewood, IL 2013 226 (7th Round) 0 0 New England Patriots
Jack Cornell Guard 6'6" 315 Quincy, IL 2012 Undrafted 0 1 (XLVII) Baltimore Ravens
Jeff Cumberland Tight end 6'4" 260 Columbus, OH 2010 Undrafted 0 0 New York Jets
Vontae Davis Cornerback 5'11" 215 Washington, D.C. 2009 25 (1st Round) 0 0 Indianapolis Colts
David Diehl Offensive tackle 6'5" 305 Chicago, IL 2003 160 (5th Round) 1 (2009) 2 (XLII, XLVI) New York Giants
Derek Dimke Placekicker 6'0" 180 Rockford, IL 2012 Undrafted 0 0 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Justin Green Cornerback 5'11" 195 Louisville, KY 2013 Undrafted 0 0 Dallas Cowboys
Kelvin Hayden Cornerback 6'0" 195 Chicago, IL 2005 60 (2nd Round) 0 1 (XLI) Chicago Bears
Terry Hawthorne Cornerback 6'0" 195 East Saint Louis, IL 2013 150 (5th Round) 0 0 Pittsburgh Steelers
Michael Hoomanawanui Tightend 6'4" 265 Bloomington, IL 2010 132 (5th Round) 0 0 New England Patriots
A. J. Jenkins Wide receiver 6'0" 192 Jacksonville, FL 2012 30 (1st Round) 0 0 Kansas City Chiefs
Brandon Lloyd Wide receiver 6'0" 200 Kansas City, MO 2003 124 (4th Round) 1 (2010) 0 Free Agent
Rashard Mendenhall Running back 5'10" 225 Skokie, IL 2008 23 (1st Round) 0 1 (XLIII) Arizona Cardinals
Whitney Mercilus Outside linebacker 6'4" 252 Akron, OH 2012 26 (1st Round) 0 0 Houston Texans
Corey Liuget Defensive end 6'2" 300 Miami, FL 2011 18 (1st Round) 0 0 San Diego Chargers
Mikel Leshoure Running back 6'0" 233 Streator, IL 2011 57 (2nd Round) 0 0 Detroit Lions
Tony Pashos Offensive tackle 6'6" 325 Palos Heights, IL 2003 173 (5th Round) 0 0 Washington Redskins
Akeem Spence Defensive tackle 6'1" 307 Fort Walton Beach, FL 2013 100 (4th Round) 0 0 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Pierre Thomas Running back 5'11" 215 Chicago, IL 2007 Undrafted 0 1 (XLIV) New Orleans Saints
Hugh Thornton Running back 5'11" 215 Chicago, IL 2013 86 (3rd Round) 0 0 Indianapolis Colts
Steve Weatherford Punter 6'3" 215 Crown Point, IN 2006 Undrafted 0 1 (XLVI) New York Giants
Tavon Wilson Safety 6'0" 210 Washington, D.C. 2012 48 (2nd Round) 0 0 New England Patriots
Martez Wilson Linebacker 6'4" 252 Chicago, IL 2011 72 (3rd Round) 0 0 New Orleans Saints
Fighting Illini in the NFL/AFL
NFL Draft Selections
Top 5 Draft Picks 8
1st round: 23
Total Currently Playing: 31
Total NFL Players: 235[8]
Notable Achievements
Illini in the Super Bowl: 31 Players
Pro Football Hall of Famers: 6
College Football Hall of Famers: 15

Other notable players[edit]

Media[edit]

Illini football games are shown via the Illini Sports Network, which brings the Illini to stations across Illinois. Locally, the team's games are shown on WDWS-AM 1400 and WHMS-FM 97.5. WDWS has been the Illini's exclusive radio station in Champaign since 1935. WHMS has aired Illini games since the 1950s. The team's student newspaper is the Daily Illini, while outside coverage is handled by The News-Gazette.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Annual Team Records
  2. ^ "The Record Book". Grfx.cstv.com. Retrieved 2014-05-29. 
  3. ^ "Records". Graphics.fansonly.com. Retrieved 2014-05-29. 
  4. ^ Harold E. "Red" Grange biography
  5. ^ College Football Hall of Famers
  6. ^ Pro Football Hall of Famers
  7. ^ "NFL Players by College - I - National Football League - ESPN". Espn.go.com. Retrieved 2014-05-29. 
  8. ^ "The Illinois Fighting Illini Football Team | Scores, Stats, Tickets, and More". College-football.findthedata.org. Retrieved 2014-05-29. 

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