2014 Illinois Fighting Illini football team

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2014 Illinois Fighting Illini football
Illinois Fighting Illini logo.svg
Conference Big Ten Conference
Division West Division
2014 record 6–7 (3–5 Big Ten)
Head coach Tim Beckman (3rd season)
Offensive coordinator Bill Cubit (2nd season)
Offensive scheme Spread
Defensive coordinator Tim Banks (3rd season)
Home stadium Memorial Stadium
(Capacity: 60,670)
Seasons
← 2013
2015 →
2014 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East Division
No. 1 Ohio State x$#^   8 0         14 1  
No. 5-t Michigan State   7 1         11 2  
Maryland   4 4         7 6  
Rutgers   3 5         8 5  
Michigan   3 5         5 7  
Penn State   2 6         7 6  
Indiana   1 7         4 8  
West Division
No. 13 Wisconsin x   7 1         11 3  
Minnesota   5 3         8 5  
Nebraska   5 3         9 4  
Iowa   4 4         7 6  
Illinois   3 5         6 7  
Northwestern   3 5         5 7  
Purdue   1 7         3 9  
Championship: Ohio State 59, Wisconsin 0
  • # – College Football Playoff champion
  • ^ – College Football Playoff participant
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2014 Illinois Fighting Illini football team represented the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign in the 2014 NCAA Division I FBS football season. They were led by third-year head coach Tim Beckman, and played their home games at Memorial Stadium. They were members of the new West Division of the Big Ten Conference. They finished the season 6–7, 3–5 in Big Ten play to finish in a tie for fifth place in the West Division. They were invited to the Heart of Dallas Bowl where they lost to Louisiana Tech.

Personnel[edit]

Coaching staff[edit]

Name Position Consecutive season at
Illinois
Alma Mater
Tim Beckman Head Coach 2 Findlay (1988)
Bill Cubit Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks 1 Delaware (1974)
Mike Bellamy Wide Receivers 2 Illinois (1990)
Tom Brattan Offensive Line 0 Delaware (1972)
Alex Golesh Tight ends/Running backs/Recruiting Coordinator 2 Ohio State (2006)
Tim Banks Defensive Coordinator/Secondary 2 Central Michigan (1995)
Greg Colby Defensive Line 1 Illinois (1974)
Al Seamonson Outside Linebackers 1 Wisconsin (1982)
Mike Ward Inside Linebackers 2 Georgetown College (1984)
Tim Salem Special Teams Coordinator 2 Arizona State (1985)
Reference:[1]

Roster[edit]

2014 Illinois Fighting Illini football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
WR 2 Tyrin Stone-Davis Redshirt.svg So
TE 3 Jon Davis Sr
QB 4 Reilly O'Toole Sr
RB 5 Donovonn Young Jr
RB 6 Josh Ferguson Redshirt.svg So
QB 7 Chayce Crouch Fr
WR 8 Geronimo Allison Jr
WR 9 Martize Barr Redshirt.svg Sr
TE 11 Matt LaCosse Sr
QB 12 Wes Lunt Redshirt.svg So
WR 13 Dionte Taylor So
QB 15 Aaron Bailey So
WR 16 Marchie Murdock Redshirt.svg Fr
QB 16 Man Berg Redshirt.svg Fr
WR 18 Mike Dudek Fr
WR 19 Justin Hardee Jr
RB 23 Devin Church Redshirt.svg So
RB 25 Kendrick Foster Redshirt.svg Fr
RB 26 Cameron Tucker Redshirt.svg Jr
RB 29 T. J. Moss Fr
TE 30 Jim Nudera Redshirt.svg Jr
WR 31 Leslie Poole Redshirt.svg Jr
TE 47 Tim Clary Redshirt.svg Jr
OL 52 Alex Hill Redshirt.svg Sr
OL 53 Nick Allegretti Fr
OL 55 Chris Boles Redshirt.svg Jr
OL 57 Austin Schmidt So
OL 60 Tony Durkin Redshirt.svg Jr
OL 64 Steve Dumezich Fr
OL 66 Scott McDowell Redshirt.svg Jr
OL 67 Christian DiLauro Redshirt.svg Fr
OL 68 Simon Cvijanovic Redshirt.svg Sr
OL 69 Ted Karras Redshirt.svg Jr
OL 70 Peter Cvijanovic Fr
OL 71 Joe Spencer Redshirt.svg So
OL 73 Chris O'Connor Redshirt.svg Jr
OL 74 Michael Heitz Redshirt.svg Sr
OL 75 Pat Flavin Redshirt.svg Jr
OL 76 Jesse Chadwell Redshirt.svg Fr
OL 78 Harry Black So
WR 80 Jeremey Whitlow Redshirt.svg Jr
WR 81 Raphael Barr So
WR 82 Kameron Fry Redshirt.svg So
TE 83 Trevor Kanteman Redshirt.svg Fr
WR 84 Kenny Knight Redshirt.svg Jr
WR 86 Malik Turner Fr
TE 87 Tyler White So
WR 88 Zach Grant Jr
TE 89 Dallas Hinkhouse Redshirt.svg Jr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
DB 2 V'Angelo Bentley Jr
DB 3 Taylor Barton Redshirt.svg So
DB 4 Darwyn Kelly Redshirt.svg Fr
STAR 5 James Crawford Redshirt.svg Fr
LB 6 Carroll Phillips Redshirt.svg So
DB 7 Caleb Day So
DB 8 Dillan Cazley So
STAR 9 Earnest Thomas III Redshirt.svg Sr
LB 10 B. J. Bello Redshirt.svg So
STAR 14 Eric Finney Redshirt.svg Jr
DB 15 Jevaris Little Redshirt.svg So
DL 17 Jihad Ward Jr
DB 20 Clayton Fejedelem Redshirt.svg Jr
DB 21 Zane Petty Redshirt.svg Sr
LB 22 LaKeith Walls Redshirt.svg So
DB 23 Dennis Thurow Redshirt.svg Fr
DB 24 Darius Mosely So
DB 25 Sean Arowolaju Redshirt.svg So
DB 26 Cedric Doxy Redshirt.svg So
DB 27 Eaton Spencer Redshirt.svg Jr
DB 28 Jaylen Dunlap So
STAR 29 Nelson Lugo Redshirt.svg So
DB 30 Julian Hylton Fr
DB 31 Nick North Redshirt.svg Jr
DB 32 Chris James Fr
STAR 33 Zepheniah Grimes Redshirt.svg Jr
LB 34 Mike Svetina Jr
LB 35 Sean White Redshirt.svg So
LB 36 Austin Roberts Fr
DB 37 Davontay Kwaaning Redshirt.svg Jr
DB 38 Samuel Harlib Redshirt.svg Fr
LB 39 Nathan Echard Redshirt.svg Fr
LB 42 Ralph Cooper Sr
LB 43 Mason Monheim Jr
DL 44 Austin Teitsma Redshirt.svg Sr
LB 45 Henry McGrew Fr
STAR 46 Jason Goldsmith Fr
LEO 48 Tate Gordon Fr
STAR 49 Conner Schmidt Redshirt.svg Fr
LB 52 T. J. Neal Redshirt.svg So
LB 55 Tre Watson Fr
DL 58 Kenny Nelson Redshirt.svg Jr
DL 85 Brandon Roberts Redshirt.svg Fr
LEO 90 DeJazz Woods Redshirt.svg Sr
LEO 91 Dawuane Smoot So
DL 92 Abe Cajuste Redshirt.svg Sr
DL 93 Teko Powell Jr
DL 94 Tito Odenigbo Fr
DL/FB 95 Jake Howe Redshirt.svg Sr
DL 96 Rob Bain Redshirt.svg So
DL 97 Paul James III Fr
DL 98 Joe Fotu Jr
DL 99 Jarrod Clements So
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
PK/P 13 Ryan Frain Redshirt.svg So
PK 17 Taylor Zalewski Redshirt.svg Jr
P 18 Justin DuBernois Sr
PK 38 David Reisner Redshirt.svg So
P 40 Ryan Tucker Fr
P 41 Nick Kybruz Fr
LS 54 Zach Hirth Redshirt.svg So
LS 56 Michael Martin Redshirt.svg So
PK 83 Brennen VanMieghem Sr
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches
  • Tim Banks (Defensive Coordinator / Secondary)
  • Bill Cubit (Offensive Coordinator / Quarterbacks)
  • Mike Bellamy (Wide Receivers)
  • Tom Brattan (Offensive Line)
  • Greg Colby (Defensive Line)
  • Alex Golesh (Tight Ends / Specialist / Recruiting Coordinator)
  • Tim Salem (Running Backs / Special Teams Coordinator)
  • Al Seamonson (Outside Linebackers)
  • Mike Ward (Inside Linebackers)
  • Robert Arnheim (Graduate Assistant - Offense)
  • Kolby Jackson (Graduate Assistant - Defense)
  • Tyler Johns (Graduate Assistant - Offense)
  • LeDominique Williams (Graduate Assistant - Defense)
  • Nina Baloun (Assistant Recruiting Coordinator)
  • Trent Chesnut (Head Football Equipment Manager)
  • Dane Chester (Director of Football Game Analysis)
  • Ryan Cubit (Director of Football Student-Athlete Development)
  • Aaron Hillmann (Head Football Strength & Conditioning Coach)
  • Tim Knox (Director of Football Operations)
  • Jake Naas (Head Football Athletic Trainer)
  • Eric Streeter (Assistant Athletic Trainer)
  • Juice Williams (Director of Alumni and Former Player Relations)
  • Scott Yielding (Director of Player Personnel)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • Injured Injured
  • Redshirt Redshirt

Roster
Last update: December 3, 2014

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent Site TV Result Attendance
August 30 11:00 AM No. 24 (FCS) Youngstown State* Memorial StadiumChampaign, IL BTN W 28–17   36,234
September 6 11:00 AM Western Kentucky* Memorial Stadium • Champaign, IL BTN W 42–34   38,561
September 13 3:00 PM at Washington* Husky StadiumSeattle, WA FOX L 19–44   62,325
September 20 3:00 PM Texas State* Memorial Stadium • Champaign, IL ESPNews W 42–35   41,019
September 27 8:00 PM at No. 21 Nebraska Memorial StadiumLincoln, NE BTN L 14–45   91,255
October 4 11:00 AM Purdue Memorial Stadium • Champaign, IL (Battle for the Purdue Cannon) ESPN2 L 27–38   45,046
October 11 11:00 AM at Wisconsin Camp Randall StadiumMadison, WI ESPN2 L 28–38   80,341
October 25 11:00 AM Minnesotadagger Memorial Stadium • Champaign, IL ESPNU W 28–24   44,437
November 1 7:00 PM at No. 13 Ohio State Ohio StadiumColumbus, OH (Battle for the Illibuck) ABC L 14–55   106,961
November 15 11:00 AM Iowa Memorial Stadium • Champaign, IL BTN L 14–30   50,373
November 22 11:00 AM Penn State Memorial Stadium • Champaign, IL ESPN2 W 16–14   35,172
November 29 11:00 AM at Northwestern Ryan FieldEvanston, IL (Battle for the Land of Lincoln Trophy) ESPNU W 47–33   31,137
December 26 12:00 PM vs. Louisiana Tech* Cotton BowlDallas, TX (Heart of Dallas Bowl) ESPN L 18–35   31,297
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game. All times are in Central Time.
Schedule Source: [2]

Game summaries[edit]

Youngstown State[edit]

Youngstown State Penguins vs Illinois Fighting Illini – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Youngstown State 3 3 3817
Illinois 0 7 02128

at Memorial StadiumChampaign, IL

  • Date: August 30, 2014
  • Game time: 11:00 A.M. CDT
  • Game weather: Temperature: • Wind: • Weather:
  • Game attendance:  
  • Referee: Referee: • Umpire: • Linesman: • Line judge: • Back judge: • Field judge: • Side judge:
  • TV announcers (BTN): Chris Denari (Play-by-play) & Danan Hughes (Color)
Game information

Western Kentucky[edit]

Western Kentucky Hilltoppers vs Illinois Fighting Illini – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Western Kentucky 3 14 10734
Illinois 7 7 72142

at Memorial StadiumChampaign, IL

  • Date: September 6, 2014
  • Game time: 11:00 A.M. CDT
  • Game weather: Temperature: • Wind: • Weather:
  • Game attendance:  
  • Referee: Referee: • Umpire: • Linesman: • Line judge: • Back judge: • Field judge: • Side judge:
  • TV announcers (BTN): Chris Denari (Play-by-play), J Leman (Color) & Rebecca Haarlow (Sideline)
Game information

Washington[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Fighting Illini 3 9 7 0 19
Huskies 21 17 0 6 44
Overall record Last meeting Result
4–6 2013 L 24–34

Texas State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Bobcats 14 7 7 7 35
Fighting Illini 6 7 12 17 42
Overall record Last meeting Result
First Meeting

Nebraska[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Fighting Illini 7 7 0 0 14
Cornhuskers 7 24 7 7 45
Overall record Last meeting Result
2–8–1 2013 L 19–39

Purdue[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Boilermakers 7 10 14 7 38
Fighting Illini 14 0 13 0 27
Overall record Last meeting Result
43–40–6 2013 W 20–16

Wisconsin[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Fighting Illini 14 0 0 14 28
Badgers 7 17 7 7 38
Overall record Last meeting Result
37–37–7 2013 L 32–56

Minnesota[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Golden Gophers 0 3 21 0 24
Fighting Illini 14 0 7 7 28
Overall record Last meeting Result
28–35–3 2012 L 3–17

Ohio State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Fighting Illini 0 0 7 7 14
Buckeyes 17 14 17 7 55
Overall record Last meeting Result
30–66–4 2013 L 35–60

Iowa[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Hawkeyes 2 7 7 14 30
Fighting Illini 7 0 0 7 14
Overall record Last meeting Result
38–29–2 2008 W 27–24

Penn State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Nittany Lions 7 0 0 7 14
Fighting Illini 0 7 3 6 16
Overall record Last meeting Result
4–17 2013 L 17–24

Northwestern[edit]

Overall record Last meeting Result
54–48–5 2013 L 34–27
1 234Total
• Illinois 13 13714 47
Northwestern 0 71016 33

Reilly O'Toole passed for 147 yards and three touchdowns while also rushing for 147 yards.[3]

Louisiana Tech–Heart of Dallas Bowl[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Fighting Illini 3 6 6 3 18
Bulldogs 14 7 0 14 35
Overall record Last meeting Result
0–1 2012 L 24–52

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Coaches". University of Illinois Department of Athletics. Archived from the original on April 7, 2014. Retrieved July 29, 2014. 
  2. ^ "2014 Illinois Fighting Illini Football Schedule". FB Schedules. Retrieved February 1, 2014. 
  3. ^ Jackson, John (November 29, 2014). "Illinois Bowl Eligible With 47-33 Win". ESPN. Associated Press. Retrieved November 30, 2014.