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  2021 SENIOR BOWL WATCH LIST: Christian Uphoff, Illinois State,...Uphoff earned third-team preseason All-America honors by HERO Sports FCS and has moved up his potential draft stock with his big frame and athleticism. The Washington, Illinois, native started all 15 games at free safety for the Redbirds and ranked fourth on the team with 70 total tackles in 2019. He tied for third on the squad with two interceptions and added seven pass breakups to bolster a dominant defensive backfield for the 'Birds. - Illinois State Football

(DS#7 FS) rSr/2021 FS Christian UphoffIllinois State
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  2021 SENIOR BOWL WATCH LIST: Drew Himmelman, Illinois State,...A two-time MVFC Offensive Lineman of the Week selection last season, Himmelman started all 15 games at left tackle for the Redbirds and graded out at over 90% for the season. He helped lead the way for the league's leading rusher James Robinson, who recorded 1,899 yards and 18 touchdowns on the ground as the Redbirds marched to the quarterfinals of the FCS playoffs. - Illinois State Football

(DS#20 OT) rSr/2021 OT Drew HimmelmanIllinois State
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  2020 PHIL STEELE/DRAFTSCOUT PRESEASON ALL-MISSOURI VALLEY FIRST TEAM: Drew Himmelman, Illinois St, Sr.,...Himmelman earned First Team FCS All-America honors from the American Football Coaches Association, STATS FCS and The Associated Press last season and was named a third-team All-America selection by HERO Sports. The Geneseo, Illinois, native was also selected as a MVFC First Team all-conference and all-academic pick and was chosen as an FCS ADA Academic All-Star. A two-time MVFC Offensive Lineman of the Week selection in 2019, Himmelman started all 15 games at left tackle for the Redbirds and graded out at over 90 percent for the season. He helped lead the way for the league's leading rusher James Robinson, who recorded 1,899 yards and 18 touchdowns on the ground as the Redbirds marched to the quarterfinals of the FCS playoffs. - Illinois State Football

(DS#20 OT) rSr/2021 OT Drew HimmelmanIllinois State
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  2020 PHIL STEELE/DRAFTSCOUT PRESEASON ALL-MISSOURI VALLEY FIRST TEAM: John Ridgeway, Illinois St, Jr.,...Ridgeway was All-Missouri Valley Football Conference Honorable Mention selection in 2019...started all 15 games at nose guard for the Redbirds, who ranked No. 4 in the country in scoring defense (16.0) and No. 1 in sacks (52)...finished the season with 50 tackles, including 28 solo stops, and had three TFLs while often demanding double teams in the middle of the defensive front...also credited with two pass breakups and a forced fumble. - Illinois State Football

(DS#26 DT) rJr/2022 DT John RidgewayIllinois State
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  2020 PHIL STEELE/DRAFTSCOUT PRESEASON ALL-MISSOURI VALLEY FIRST TEAM: Christian Uphoff, Illinois St, Sr.,...Uphoff started all 15 games at free safety for the Redbirds and ranked fourth on the team with 70 total tackles last season. The Washington, Illinois, product tied for third on the squad with two interceptions and added seven pass breakups to bolster a dominant defensive backfield for the 'Birds. Uphoff, a 2018 All-MVFC Honorable Mention selection, recorded 5.5 tackles for loss last year and finished the regular season strong with a career-high nine tackles and 3.5 TFLs at Youngstown State. He also averaged 29.5 yards per kick return on six attempts, with a long of 59 yards, and heads into his final season as the school's career leader with an average of 27.06 yards per kick return. - Illinois State Football

(DS#7 FS) rSr/2021 FS Christian UphoffIllinois State
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  08/05/20 - Jeff ProctorSr/2021, Illinois State, 5-08, 185 (DS#97 RB) + More +

  2020 PHIL STEELE/DRAFTSCOUT PRESEASON ALL-MISSOURI VALLEY THIRD TEAM: Jeff Proctor, Illinois St, Sr.,...Proctor was a 2019 Missouri Valley Football Conference All-Newcomer Team selection...played in 11 contests for the Redbirds, before suffering a season ending knee injury...was the team's second-leading rusher with 476 yards on 112 attempts...averaged 4.2 yards per carry and scored a pair of touchdowns...also caught five passes for 61 yards out of the backfield...had three games with over 70 yards rushing, including a season-best 85-yard effort in a win over Indiana State. - Illinois State Football

(DS#97 RB) Sr/2021 RB Jeff ProctorIllinois State
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  08/05/20 - Brady DavisrSr/2021, Illinois State, 6-3, 210 (DS#44 QB) + More +

  2020 PHIL STEELE/DRAFTSCOUT PRESEASON ALL-MISSOURI VALLEY THIRD TEAM: Brady Davis, Illinois St, Sr.,...Davis started all 11 games played in at quarterback in 2019, before suffering a season-ending knee injury in the home finale against Missouri State...threw for 1,570 yards and nine touchdowns on the season. - Illinois State Football

(DS#44 QB) rSr/2021 QB Brady DavisIllinois State
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  08/05/20 - Paul MonacoSr/2021, Illinois State, 6-0, 215 (DS#999 LS) + More +

  2020 PHIL STEELE/DRAFTSCOUT PRESEASON ALL-MISSOURI VALLEY SECOND TEAM: LS Paul Monaco, Illinois St, Sr.,...Monaco was All-Missouri Valley Football Conference Honorable Mention selection in 2019...saw action in all 15 games as the team's primary long and short snapper...was not credited with a bad snap all season. - Illinois State Football

(DS#999 LS) Sr/2021 LS Paul MonacoIllinois State
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  08/05/20 - Dylan DrakaSr/2021, Illinois State, 5-11, 240 (DS#999 ILB) + More +

  2020 PHIL STEELE/DRAFTSCOUT PRESEASON ALL-MISSOURI VALLEY SECOND TEAM: Dylan Draka, Illinois St, Sr.,...Draka played in all 15 games, with 14 starts at linebacker in 2019...ranked second on the team with 88 tackles, including 55 solo stops...also finished the year with two sacks, six TFLs and three fumble recoveries, which ranked No. 3 in the FCS...tallied an interception and a forced fumble as well. - Illinois State Football

(DS#999 ILB) Sr/2021 ILB Dylan DrakaIllinois State
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  2020 PHIL STEELE/DRAFTSCOUT PRESEASON ALL-MISSOURI VALLEY THIRD TEAM: KR Christian Uphoff, Illinois St, Sr.,...Uphoff averaged 29.5 yards per kick return on six attempts in 2019, with a long of 59 yards...ranked No. 17 in the FCS and No. 1 in the MVFC with a 26.1 yard kick return average in 2018. - Illinois State Football

(DS#7 FS) rSr/2021 FS Christian UphoffIllinois State
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  08/05/20 - Drew BonesJr/2022, Illinois State, 6-3, 335 (DS#999 C) + More +

  2020 PHIL STEELE/DRAFTSCOUT PRESEASON ALL-MISSOURI VALLEY THIRD TEAM: Drew Bones, Illinois St, Jr.,...Bones started all 15 games for the Redbirds at center in 2019...helped lead the way for the league's leading rusher in James Robinson, who recorded 1,899 yards and 18 touchdowns on the ground. - Illinois State Football

(DS#999 C) Jr/2022 C Drew BonesIllinois State
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  2020 PHIL STEELE/DRAFTSCOUT PRESEASON ALL-MISSOURI VALLEY THIRD TEAM: Gabe Megginson, Illinois St, Sr.,...Megginson saw action in two games in 2019, before suffering a season-ending back injury...Missouri Valley Football Conference All-Newcomer Team selection in 2018...started all 11 games at left guard. - Illinois State Football

(DS#140 OG) rSr/2021 OG Gabe MegginsonIllinois State
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  08/05/20 - Tim McCloyn IISr/2021, Illinois State, 5-11, 240 (DS#999 FB) + More +

  2020 PHIL STEELE/DRAFTSCOUT PRESEASON ALL-MISSOURI VALLEY THIRD TEAM: Tim McCloyn, Illinois St, Sr.,...McCloyn participated in 11 contests in 2019, with seven starts at fullback...missed nearly a month due to injury...carried the ball two times for 20 yards, with a long run of 13 yards...helped lead the way for the league's leading rusher in James Robinson, who recorded 1,899 yards and 18 touchdowns on the ground. - Illinois State Football

(DS#999 FB) Sr/2021 FB Tim McCloyn IIIllinois State
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  2020 PHIL STEELE/DRAFTSCOUT PRESEASON ALL-FCS FIRST TEAM: OL Drew Himmelman, Illinois St, Sr.,...Himmelman earned First Team FCS All-America honors from the American Football Coaches Association, STATS FCS and The Associated Press last season and was named a third-team All-America selection by HERO Sports. The Geneseo, Illinois, native was also selected as a MVFC First Team all-conference and all-academic pick and was chosen as an FCS ADA Academic All-Star. A two-time MVFC Offensive Lineman of the Week selection in 2019, Himmelman started all 15 games at left tackle for the Redbirds and graded out at over 90 percent for the season. He helped lead the way for the league's leading rusher James Robinson, who recorded 1,899 yards and 18 touchdowns on the ground as the Redbirds marched to the quarterfinals of the FCS playoffs. - Illinois State Football

(DS#20 OT) rSr/2021 OT Drew HimmelmanIllinois State
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  2020 PHIL STEELE/DRAFTSCOUT PRESEASON ALL-FCS THIRD TEAM: DB Christian Uphoff, Illinois St, Sr.,...Uphoff started all 15 games at free safety for the Redbirds and ranked fourth on the team with 70 total tackles last season. The Washington, Illinois, product tied for third on the squad with two interceptions and added seven pass breakups to bolster a dominant defensive backfield for the 'Birds. Uphoff, a 2018 All-MVFC Honorable Mention selection, recorded 5.5 tackles for loss last year and finished the regular season strong with a career-high nine tackles and 3.5 TFLs at Youngstown State. He also averaged 29.5 yards per kick return on six attempts, with a long of 59 yards, and heads into his final season as the school's career leader with an average of 27.06 yards per kick return. - Illinois State Football

(DS#7 FS) rSr/2021 FS Christian UphoffIllinois State
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