Counting down the 50 most important Illini
No. 15: Martize Barr, wide receiver
Why he's important: He is expected to contribute. Right away. The junior college transfer from Iowa Western Community College helped guide the Reivers to an 11-0 season last fall and a NJCAA national championship. He finished with 31 receptions for 498 yards and five touchdowns for a prolific offense in Council Bluffs. He won't overwhelm the defensive secondary with his size (6-0, 190), but is a tough-minded receiver who isn't afraid to go across the middle. He had a solid spring game (six catches for 77 yards) and fielded punts in the game, but don't expect him to factor into the return game much this fall.
Fast fact: Barr is familiar with moving around. A graduate of Coolidge High School in Washington, D.C., Barr initially committed to former Illinois offensive coordinator Mike Locksley at New Mexico. He sustained a hand injury during New Mexico's 2010 season opener at Oregon, red-shirting the season and caught eight passes for 79 yards for New Mexico in 2011
Tomorrow: No. 14