2016 Illinois Fighting Illini football team

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2016 Illinois Fighting Illini football
Illinois Fighting Illini logo.svg
Conference Big Ten Conference
Division West Division
2016 record 3–9 (2–7 Big Ten)
Head coach Lovie Smith (1st season)
Offensive coordinator Garrick McGee (1st season)
Offensive scheme Multiple
Defensive coordinator Hardy Nickerson (1st season)
Base defense 4-3
Home stadium Memorial Stadium
(Capacity: 60,670)
Seasons
← 2015
2017 →
2016 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East Division
No. 7 Penn State xy$   8 1         11 3  
No. 6 Ohio State x^   8 1         11 2  
No. 10 Michigan   7 2         10 3  
Indiana   4 5         6 7  
Maryland   3 6         6 7  
Michigan State   1 8         3 9  
Rutgers   0 9         2 10  
West Division
No. 9 Wisconsin xy   7 2         11 3  
Iowa   6 3         8 5  
Nebraska   6 3         9 4  
Minnesota   5 4         9 4  
Northwestern   5 4         7 6  
Illinois   2 7         3 9  
Purdue   1 8         3 9  
Championship: Penn State 38, Wisconsin 31
  • ^ – College Football Playoff participant
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2016 Illinois Fighting Illini football team represented the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign in the 2016 NCAA Division I FBS football season. They were led by first-year head coach Lovie Smith and played their home games at Memorial Stadium in Champaign, Illinois. They were members of the West Division of the Big Ten Conference. They finished the season 3–9, 2–7 in Big Ten play to finish in sixth place in the West Division.

Schedule[edit]

The team will host all three non–conference games which are against the Murray State Racers from the Ohio Valley Conference, North Carolina Tar Heels from the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC), and the Western Michigan Broncos from the Mid-American Conference (MAC).

Date Time Opponent Site TV Result Attendance
September 3 2:30 PM Murray State* Memorial StadiumChampaign, IL BTN W 52–3   48,644
September 10 6:30 PM North Carolina* Memorial Stadium • Champaign, IL BTN L 23–48   60,670
September 17 3:00 PM Western Michigan* Memorial Stadium • Champaign, IL ESPNews L 10–34   40,954
October 1 2:30 PM at No. 15 Nebraska Memorial StadiumLincoln, NE ESPN2 L 16–31   90,374
October 8 2:30 PM Purdue Memorial Stadium • Champaign, IL (Rivalry) BTN L 31–34 OT  42,912
October 15 11:00 AM at Rutgers High Point Solutions StadiumPiscataway, NJ ESPNews W 24–7   42,640
October 22 2:30 PM at No. 3 Michigan Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, MI BTN L 8–41   111,103
October 29 11:00 AM Minnesotadagger Memorial Stadium • Champaign, IL BTN L 17–40   40,090
November 5 11:00 AM Michigan State Memorial Stadium • Champaign, IL ESPNews W 31–27   47,144
November 12 2:30 PM at No. 7 Wisconsin Camp Randall StadiumMadison, WI ESPN2 L 3–48   79,340
November 19 11:00 AM Iowa Memorial Stadium • Champaign, IL BTN L 0–28   39,031
November 26 11:00 AM at Northwestern Ryan FieldEvanston, IL (Rivalry) BTN L 21–42   30,022
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game. All times are in Central Time.
Schedule Source:[1]

Game summaries[edit]

Murray State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Racers 0 3 0 0 3
Fighting Illini 14 21 7 10 52
Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting

North Carolina[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Tar Heels 17 7 7 17 48
Fighting Illini 14 2 0 7 23
Overall record Last meeting Result
0–3 2015 UNC, 48–14

Western Michigan[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Broncos 14 10 3 7 34
Fighting Illini 0 7 3 0 10
Overall record Last meeting Result
4–1 2012 ILL, 24–7

at Nebraska[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Fighting Illini 0 13 3 0 16
#15 Cornhuskers 7 3 0 21 31
Overall record Last meeting Result
3–9–1 2015 ILL, 14–13

Purdue[edit]

1 2 3 4OT Total
Boilermakers 7 14 3 73 34
Fighting Illini 3 13 7 80 31
Overall record Last meeting Result
44–41–6 2015 ILL, 48–14

at Rutgers[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Fighting Illini 0 7 10 7 24
Scarlet Knights 0 0 0 7 7
Overall record Last meeting Result
1–1 2006 RUTG, 33–0

at Michigan[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Fighting Illini 0 0 0 8 8
#3 Wolverines 21 10 3 7 41
Overall record Last meeting Result
23–69–2 2012 MICH, 45–0

Minnesota[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Golden Gophers 14 0 7 19 40
Fighting Illini 7 0 7 3 17
Overall record Last meeting Result
29–36–3 2015 MINN, 32–23

Michigan State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Spartans 3 3 11 10 27
Fighting Illini 0 7 10 14 31
Overall record Last meeting Result
17–26–2 2013 MSU, 42–3

at #7 Wisconsin[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Fighting Illini 3 0 0 0 3
#7 Badgers 21 10 3 14 48
Overall record Last meeting Result
37–39–7 2015 WISC, 24–13

Iowa[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Hawkeyes 0 7 7 14 28
Fighting Illini 0 0 0 0 0
Overall record Last meeting Result
38–31–2 2015 IOWA, 29–20

at Northwestern[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Fighting Illini 0 14 7 0 21
Wildcats 14 7 14 7 42
Overall record Last meeting Result
55–49–5 2015 NW, 24–14

Roster[edit]

2016 Illinois Fighting Illini football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
RB 2 Reggie Corbin Redshirt.svg Fr
QB 3 Jeff George, Jr. Redshirt.svg Fr
WR 4 D. J. Taylor Sr
RB 5 Ke'Shawn Vaughn So
RB 6 Tre Nation Fr
QB 7 Chayce Crouch Redshirt.svg So
WR 9 Sam Mays So
WR 11 Malik Turner Jr
QB 12 Wes Lunt Redshirt.svg Sr
TE 13 Caleb Reams Redshirt.svg Fr
QB 14 Cam Miller Fr
WR 15 M. J. McGriff Fr
WR 16 Zarrian Holcombe Fr
WR 18 Mike Dudek Redshirt.svg So
WR 19 Justin Hardee Redshirt.svg Sr
WR 21 Man Berg Redshirt.svg Sr
RB 22 Kendrick Foster Redshirt.svg Jr
WR 25 Trenard Davis Redshirt.svg Fr
RB 27 Dre Brown Redshirt.svg Fr
RB 29 Christian Bobak Fr
DB 36 Austin Roberts Redshirt.svg So
RB 39 Nathan Echard Redshirt.svg Jr
OL 52 Adam Solomon Redshirt.svg Fr
OL 53 Nick Allegretti Redshirt.svg So
OL 57 Austin Schmidt Sr
OL 61 Darta Lee Fr
OL 65 Doug Kramer Fr
OL 66 Jordan Fagan Jr
OL 67 Christian DiLauro Redshirt.svg Jr
OL 68 Matt Long Redshirt.svg Fr
OL 70 Eddy Fish Fr
OL 71 Joe Spencer Redshirt.svg Sr
OL 72 Gabe Megginson Redshirt.svg Fr
OL 73 Jake Cerny Fr
OL 74 Connor Brennan Fr
OL 75 Kurt Gavin Fr
OL 78 Harry Black Sr
OL 79 Zach Heath Redshirt.svg Jr
TE 80 Ainslie Johnson Sr
TE 81 Griffin Palmer Fr
WR 82 Samuel Harlib Redshirt.svg Jr
TE 83 Bobby Walker Redshirt.svg Fr
WR 84 Dominic Thieman Fr
TE 85 Andrew Trainer Redshirt.svg Fr
WR 86 Desmond Cain So
TE 87 Tyler White Sr
WR 88 Zach Grant Redshirt.svg Sr
TE 89 Andrew Davis Sr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
DB 1 Jaylen Dunlap Redshirt.svg Jr
LB 2 Julian Jones So
DB 3 Taylor Barton Redshirt.svg Sr
DB 4 Darwyn Kelly Redshirt.svg Jr
LB 5 James Crawford Redshirt.svg Jr
DL 6 Carroll Phillips Redshirt.svg Sr
DB 7 Caleb Day Sr
DB 8 Dillan Cazley Sr
LB 9 Dele Harding Fr
LB 10 Hardy Nickerson Redshirt.svg Sr
DL 11 Chunky Clements Sr
DB 12 Chris James Redshirt.svg So
DL 14 Gimel President Redshirt.svg Sr
DL 16 Rob Bain Redshirt.svg Sr
DB 17 Stanley Green Fr
DB 20 Harvey Clayton, Jr. Fr
DB 21 Patrick Nelson Redshirt.svg Fr
DB 23 Frank Sumpter Redshirt.svg Fr
DB 24 Darius Mosely Sr
DB 26 Evan Jones Fr
DB 27 Ahmari Hayes Redshirt.svg Jr
DB 30 Julian Hylton Redshirt.svg So
DB 31 Cameron Watkins Redshirt.svg Fr
LB 32 Justice Williams Redshirt.svg Fr
LB 33 Tré Watson Redshirt.svg Fr
LB 34 Christion Abercrombie Fr
LB 35 Jake Hansen Fr
DB 37 Zach Holman Redshirt.svg So
LB 40 Mike Svetina Redshirt.svg Sr
LB 41 Jimmy Marchese Redshirt.svg Fr
DL 42 Brandon Jones Fr
LB 44 Drew Murtaugh Fr
DL 45 Henry McGrew Redshirt.svg So
DL 47 Sean Adesanya Redshirt.svg So
LB 52 Ayo Shogbonyo Fr
DL 55 Jamal Milan Redshirt.svg Fr
DL 76 Zeke Martin Redshirt.svg Fr
DL 85 Brandon Roberts Redshirt.svg Jr
DL 91 Dawuane Smoot Sr
DL 94 Tito Odenigbo Redshirt.svg So
DL 95 Kenyon Jackson Fr
DL 96 Tymir Oliver Fr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
P 13 Ryan Frain Sr
K 17 James McCourt Fr
K, P 38 David Reisner Redshirt.svg Sr
P 40 Ryan Tucker Redshirt.svg So
K 43 Chase McLaughlin Redshirt.svg Fr
LS 56 Michael Martin Redshirt.svg Sr
LS 58 Sean Mills Fr
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches
  • Garrick McGeeOffensive Coordinator / Quarterbacks
  • Hardy NickersonDefensive Coordinator
  • Mike Phair – Defensive Line
  • Bob LigasheskySpecial Teams Coordinator / Tight Ends
  • Luke ButkusOffensive Line
  • Andrew Hayes-Stoker – Wide Receivers
  • Tim McGarigleLinebackers
  • Thad Ward – Running Backs
  • Paul Williams – Defensive Backs
  • Joe Fotu - Graduate Assistant - Defense
  • Tyler Johns - Graduate Assistant - Offense
  • Brett Nelson - Graduate Assistant - Offense
  • Robert Wright - Graduate Assistant - Defense
  • Dean Hogan - Special Teams Analyst
  • Kingsley Osei-Asibey - Defensive Analyst
  • Nathan Scheelhaase - Offensive Analyst
  • Tim Knox - Director of Football Operations
  • Josh Sternquist - Director of Player Personnel
  • Patrick Embleton - Director of Football Student-Athlete Development
  • Nathan McNeal - Director of High School Relations
  • Travis Perry - Graphics/Social Media
  • Nina Baloun - Recruiting Assistant
  • James Kirkland - Recruiting Analyst
  • Joey Boese - Head Football Strength & Conditioning Coach
  • Jeremy Busch - Head Football Athletic Trainer
  • Trent Chestnut - Head Football Equipment Manager
  • Alex Benizzi - Director of Football Video

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

Roster
Last update: October 13, 2016

Awards and honors[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2016 Illinois Fighting Illini Football Schedule". FB Schedules. Retrieved December 6, 2015.
  2. ^ "Big Ten Football Players of the Week". www.bigten.org. Big Ten Conference. October 17, 2016. Retrieved November 16, 2016.
  3. ^ "Big Ten Football Players of the Week". www.bigten.org. Big Ten Conference. November 7, 2016. Retrieved November 16, 2016.
  4. ^ "2016 Big Ten Individual Award Winners" (PDF). www.grfx.cstv.com. Big Ten Conference. November 29, 2016. Retrieved November 30, 2016.
  5. ^ "2016 Big Ten Individual Award Winners" (PDF). www.grfx.cstv.com. Big Ten Conference. Retrieved December 1, 2016.