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  12/20/21 - Te-Rah EdwardsSo/2024, Illinois, 6-2, 294 (DS#999 DT) + More +

  Illinois football pulled another player from the transfer portal at a position of need Tuesday with a commitment from former Northwestern defensive lineman Te-Rah Edwards. Edwards' commitment comes just four days after Syracuse transfer quarterback Tommy DeVito chose the Illini. Edwards played sparingly during his two seasons at Northwestern. The 6-foot-2, 294-pound defensive tackle appeared in two games as a true freshman in 2020 and made his only tackle in the Wildcats' 28-10 win against Illinois that was followed by a coaching change for the Illini from Lovie Smith to Bret Bielema. - News Gazette Tribune

(DS#999 DT) So/2024 DT Te-Rah EdwardsIllinois
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  12/13/21 - Tommy DeVitorSr/2023, Illinois, 6-2, 215 (DS#999 QB) + More +

  Illinois football is turning to the state of New Jersey for a third time to address its quarterback room for the 2022 season. Syracuse transfer Tommy DeVito, a Cedar Grove, N.J., native announced his commitment to the Illini late Friday night on social media. The 6-foot-2, 215-pounder is the third quarterback addition from New Jersey in the Bret Bielema era following Rutgers transfer Art Sitkowski and Class of 2022 commit Donovan Leary. DeVito fills a position of need through the transfer portal for Illinois heading into the 2022 season. Brandon Peters exhausted his eligibility with the 2021 regular season finale win against Northwestern. Sitkowski will miss all of spring ball after undergoing surgery both for a broken left arm and a right shoulder injury and Leary will be a true freshman in 2022. - News Gazette Tribune

(DS#999 QB) rSr/2023 QB Tommy DeVitoIllinois
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  12/08/21 - Kerby JosephSr/2022, Illinois, 6-0, 200 (DS#8 FS) + More +

  2021 ALL-BIG TEN SECOND TEAM (COACHES): DB Kerby Joseph, Illinois,...Joseph was one of the most improved players in the nation in 2021. He tied for the nation lead in interceptions (5) - including four in Big Ten games - and tied for third in the nation in fumbles recovered (3). Joseph was the No. 1 graded defensive back in the nation according to PFF in the regular season. Joseph is Illinois' first All-Big Ten first team defensive back since Vontae Davis in 2008. He is Illinois' first All-Big Ten safety since Marlon Primous in 1989 and the fifth Illini safety in the last 50 years to earn first-team honors, joining Mike Gow (1973), Craig Swope (1983), Glenn Cobb (1988), and Primous (1989). - Illinois Football

(DS#8 FS) Sr/2022 FS Kerby JosephIllinois
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  12/08/21 - Doug KramerrSr/2022, Illinois, 6-2, 305 (DS#12 C) + More +

  2021 ALL-BIG TEN SECOND TEAM (COACHES): Center Doug Kramer, Illinois,...Kramer has been one of the most consistent offensive linemen for the Illini and in the Big Ten in the last five seasons. He was an All-Big Ten honorable mention selection in each of the last two seasons and was the No. 8 graded center in the nation in 2019 by PFF. This season Kramer graded as the No. 24 center in the nation and No. 5 in the Big Ten by PFF. Kramer will leave Champaign No. 3 in Illini history in career starts, behind only his teammates Vederian Lowe and Alex Palczewski. - Illinois Football

(DS#12 C) rSr/2022 C Doug KramerIllinois
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  12/08/21 - Devon WitherspoonrSo/2024, Illinois, 6-0, 180 (DS#21 CB) + More +

  2021 ALL-BIG TEN HONORABLE MENTION (MEDIA): DB Devon Witherspoon,...Witherspoon led Illinois with nine pass breakups and ranked second on the team with 8.0 TFLs. His nine pass breakups ranked ninth in the Big Ten and tied for fourth in the Big Ten West. - Illinois Football

(DS#21 CB) rSo/2024 CB Devon WitherspoonIllinois
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  12/08/21 - Keith Randolph Jr.rFr/2025, Illinois, 6-5, 300 (DS#9 DT) + More +

  2021 ALL-BIG TEN HONORABLE MENTION (MEDIA): DL Keith Randolph Jr...Randolph was second on the Illini in sacks with 4.0 from the interior defensive line spot. He had 42 tackles, 5.5 TFLs, one forced fumble, and one interception in 10 games. - Illinois Football

(DS#9 DT) rFr/2025 DT Keith Randolph Jr.Illinois
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  12/08/21 - JerZhan NewtonrFr/2025, Illinois, 6-2, 290 (DS#14 DT) + More +

  2021 ALL-BIG TEN HONORABLE MENTION (MEDIA): DL Jer'Zhan Newton...Newton had 50 tackles to lead the Illini among defensive linemen. He added 4.0 TFLs and 3.0 sacks as one of the top performing interior defensive linemen in the Big Ten. - Illinois Football

(DS#14 DT) rFr/2025 DT JerZhan NewtonIllinois
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  12/08/21 - Owen Carney Jr.rSr/2022, Illinois, 6-3, 266 (DS#45 DE) + More +

  2021 ALL-BIG TEN HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): Owen Carney,...Carney had a career-high 6.5 sacks in 2021 to rank sixth in the Big Ten and third in the Big Ten West, while climbing to No. 9 on Illinois' all-time career sacks list (15.0). He totaled 46 tackles - another career high - and 8.0 TFLs on the season. - Illinois Football

(DS#45 DE) rSr/2022 DE Owen Carney Jr.Illinois
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  12/08/21 - Sydney BrownrJr/2023, Illinois, 6-0, 205 (DS#9 SS) + More +

  2021 ALL-BIG TEN HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): Sydney Brown,...Brown was Illinois' leading tackler with 81 for one of the most improved defensive units in the nation. He was a key part in Illinois' turnaround in allowing 13.0 fewer points per game and 101.0 fewer yards per game since last season. Brown added two forced fumbles, three pass breakups, 1.5 TFLs, and 1.0 sacks in 2021. - Illinois Football

(DS#9 SS) rJr/2023 SS Sydney BrownIllinois
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  12/08/21 - Alex PalczewskirSr/2022, Illinois, 6-6, 308 (DS#36 OT) + More +

  2021 ALL-BIG TEN HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): Alex Palczewski,...Palczewski was right behind Lowe, a fellow five-year starter, as the No. 5 graded tackle in the Big Ten by PFF this season. Palczewksi split time this season between tackle and guard this season, ending his Illinois career with a record 52 starts (tied with Lowe). - Illinois Football

(DS#36 OT) rSr/2022 OT Alex PalczewskiIllinois
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  12/08/21 - Vederian LowerSr/2022, Illinois, 6-5, 320 (DS#41 OT) + More +

  2021 ALL-BIG TEN HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): Vederian Lowe,...Lowe has been one of the top representatives of Illinois during his five years in Champaign. This season he is a Jason Witten Collegiate Man of the Year semifinalist, FWAA Courage Award nominee, and represented all Big Ten student-athletes by delivering the Big Ten Media Days featured speech. Lowe is the No. 4 graded tackle in the Big Ten by PFF this season. - Illinois Football

(DS#41 OT) rSr/2022 OT Vederian LoweIllinois
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  12/08/21 - Blake HayesrSr/2022, Illinois, 6-5, 225 (DS#5 P) + More +

  2021 ALL-BIG TEN THIRD TEAM (COACHES): Blake Hayes, Illinois,...Hayes put together another extraordinary season for the Illini and will depart Champaign with nearly every Illinois punting record. This season, Hayes was a Ray Guy award semifinalist as one of the top 10 punters in the nation, a Senior CLASS Award finalist, an Academic All-District selection, and a two-time Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week award winner.

Hayes is the Illinois record holder for season punts inside the 20, season punts inside the 20 percentage, season 50+ yard punts, career punting average, career punt yards, career punts inside the 20, and career 50+ yard punts. He has been at least an All-Big Ten honorable mention selection in all of his five seasons for the Illini and was third team or better in four of five years, including winning the 2019 Big Ten Punter of the Year award. - Illinois Football


(DS#5 P) rSr/2022 P Blake HayesIllinois
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  12/08/21 - James McCourtrSr/2022, Illinois, 6-1, 215 (DS#18 K) + More +

  2021 ALL-BIG TEN THIRD TEAM (COACHES): James McCourt, Illinois,...McCourt had one of the best kicking seasons in Illinois history, going 14-for-15 on field goals inside of 50 yards, tying the Illinois record for 50+-yard field goals with four, and going perfect on extra points. McCourt ranked third in the nation in 50+-yard field goals (4) and ninth in the nation in kickoff touchback percentage (82.4%). He hit the sixth-most field goals in a season in Illinois history (18) and leaves Champaign with the eighth-best career field goal accuracy in program history (37-52, 71.2%) and the most career 50+-yard field goals (8). - Illinois Football

(DS#18 K) rSr/2022 K James McCourtIllinois
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  12/08/21 - Chase BrownrSo/2024, Illinois, 5-10, 205 (DS#25 RB) + More +

  2021 ALL-BIG TEN THIRD TEAM (COACHES): RB Chase Brown, Illinois,...Brown became the 14th Illini in history to rush for over 1,000 yards when he totaled 1,005 rushing yards this season. He ran for 223 yards on 33 carries and one touchdown at #7 Penn State to help Illinois win the longest game in college football history (20-18, 9 OT), and joined Howard Griffith (1990) and Rashard Mendenhall (2007) as the only players in program history with multiple 200-yard rushing games in a single season. He also ran for a career-high 257 yards against Charlotte and another 147 yards on 30 carries in Illinois' road win over #20 Minnesota. - Illinois Football

(DS#25 RB) rSo/2024 RB Chase BrownIllinois
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  11/27/21 - Brandon PetersrSr/2022, Illinois, 6-4, 227 (DS#18 QB) + More +

  Brandon Peters threw for 242 yards and a touchdown and Illinois rolled over Big Ten rival Northwestern 47-14 on Saturday. With the resounding win to end the regular season, Illinois hopes to secure its second bowl bid in five years. Peters also threw an interception. Chase Brown rushed 14 times for 112 yards and a touchdown, Josh McCray carried 12 times for 42 yards and a score. Isaiah Williams and Daniel Barker also scored rushing touchdowns for the Illini. Williams also caught seven passes for 113 yards and a touchdown.

Ryan Hilinski passed was 12 of 23 for 123 yards passing for Northwestern. Evan Hull rushed 32 times for 101 yards and a touchdown for the Wildcats. Malik Washington caught seven passes for 83 yards. Illinois (5-7, 4-5 Big Ten) took control of the game early, scoring midway through the first quarter after Isaiah Gay recovered an Evan Hull fumble on the Illinois 8-yard line. Daniel Barker punched it in for a touchdown, followed two minutes later by another score on a 39-yard Peters pass to Williams to put Illinois up 14-0. After Peters hit Casey Washington with a 56-yard pass, Chase Brown scampered one yard for the Illini's third touchdown of the half. Williams then ran 21 yards for yet another Illinois touchdown. Northwestern (3-9, 1-8) got on the board with 6:58 left in the first half on a one-yard Hilinski run capping an 11-play, 75-yard drive to make the score 28-7 Illinois. Three James McCourt field goals gave the Illini a 37-7 lead at the half. - Illinois/AP College Football


(DS#18 QB) rSr/2022 QB Brandon PetersIllinois
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