UI roster breakdown (all 114 of 'em)

UI roster breakdown (all 114 of 'em)

A look at every player on the 2013 Illinois football roster (* projected starter)


15 Aaron Bailey 6-2 220 Fr. Bolingbrook/Bolingbrook

Former baseball stud for the Raiders gave up the sport this spring. The highly touted recruit in the Class of 2013 did so in an attempt to get stronger, work on his throwing mechanics and recover from a sprained MCL he suffered last fall in his right knee. 

16 Man Berg 6-2 200 Fr. Sherman Oaks, Calif./De La Salle
Walk-on who joined the team this summer. First name is actually Peter. The 18-year-old — whose dad is an executive vice president of CBS and was a producer on the early 1990s hit “In Living Color” — led the vaunted De La Salle program to a 15-0 season last fall.

10 Chase Haslett 6-1 195 So. Clayton, Mo./Clayton
Son of Jim Haslett, the Washington Redskins’ defensive coordinator and former New Orleans Saints coach, the former walk-on completed his only pass during the spring game.

19 Sean Hussey 6-2 200 Fr. Charleston/Charleston
Walk-on who joined the team this summer is an accomplished badminton and tennis player. High school teammate of fellow freshman Dillan Cazley guided the Trojans to the Class 4A state semifinals in 2011 before Wes Lunt and Rochester ended Charleston’s record-setting season.

12 Wes Lunt 6-5 210 So. Rochester/Oklahoma State
If the likely starter in 2014 — the transfer from Mike Gundy’s program isn’t eligible this season because of NCAA transfer rules — could have dinner with any three people, he’d pick Rob Dyrdek, Abraham Lincoln and Peyton Manning. 

4 Reilly O’Toole 6-4 220 Jr. Wheaton/Wheaton Warrenville South
Backup will need to cut down on turnovers (four interceptions during spring game) if he sees the field this season.

*2 Nathan Scheelhaase 6-3 200 Sr. Kansas City, Mo./Rockhurst
The 22-year-old — who married his high school sweetheart, Morgan Miller, a month ago — graduated in December and is working on his master’s degree in recreation, sport and tourism. Sits sixth on the school’s career passing yards leaderboard (5,296) and needs 1,736 yards to surpass Tony Eason for fifth place. 


Running backs

22 Dami Ayoola 5-10 205 So. Fort Lauderdale, Fla./St. Thomas Aquinas
Made his Illinois debut at Arizona State and finished true freshman season with 117 rushing yards, or 49 less than what he finished with during the spring game. Ayoola — pronounced uh-YOU-la — could see an increased role this fall. 

*6 Josh Ferguson 5-10 185 So. Naperville/Joliet Catholic
Didn’t have much of a chance to impress new offensive coordinator Bill Cubit because he missed most of spring with an ankle injury. 

25 Kendrick Foster 5-9 190 Fr. Peoria/Peoria Richwoods
Three-time News-Gazette All-State pick, the Adrian Peterson fan rushed for 6,401 yards during his prep career to rank fifth all time in the state. 

23 Cameron Tucker 5-8 190 So. River Forest/Nazareth Academy

Walk-on who joined team in spring 2012 did not play in any games during 2012 season. 

28 LaKeith Walls 6-2 195 Fr. Cleveland/Rhodes

Spent the spring working in the defensive backfield but looks like he’ll once again find himself working with the running backs after redshirting the 2012 season.

*5 Donovonn Young 6-0 220 Jr. Houston/Katy

One of 40 players in Illinois history to surpass the 1,000-yard mark when he did so during the 2012 regular season finale at Northwestern. In 2013 he’ll try to become the 10th player to eclipse the 1,000-yard plateau in a season. 


Receivers/tight ends

7 Martize Barr 6-0 190 Jr. Washington, D.C./Iowa Western CC

Former Illinois offensive coordinator Mike Locksley kept his pipeline going to Albuquerque when he swayed Barr to leave the nation’s capital, but former Lobo defensive back now will catch passes for Illinois this fall. 

29 Peter Bonahoom 6-2 200 So. Arlington Heights/Prospect

Former teammate of Miles Osei in high school hasn’t snagged a pass yet at Illinois but had four receptions for 31 yards in the spring game.

81 Kevin Carroll 6-0 180 Fr. Champaign/St. Thomas More

Biology major is first product from Dan Hennessey’s program just off North Mattis who will suit up at the hometown university. 

21 Devin Church 5-8 190 Fr. Southfield, Mich./Brother Rice

Former standout high school running back (244 rushing yards on 33 carries, three TDs during 2011 Division 2 state title game Brother Rice won) could vie for time in a slot wide receiver role after redshirting last fall because of an injury.

47 Tim Clary 6-1 255 So. Spring Grove/University of Dubuque

The surprise of the spring, the walk-on has a better chance to play this season at fullback instead of tight end, but he showed off his hands with 51 receiving yards on five catches during the spring game. 

*3 Jon Davis 6-3 240 Jr. Louisville, Ky./Louisville Eastern

Injuries derailed his sophomore season after a productive freshman campaign saw the versatile athlete catch 22 passes for 187 yards. Was Illinois’ leading rusher against Western Michigan with 54 yards. Big key for Tony Gonzalez fan who sat out the spring is to stay healthy. 

82 Kameron Fry 6-1 200 So. Urbana/Urbana

The former Tiger under Nathan Watson joined Illinois as a walk-on this spring. A four-year honor roll student at Urbana, Fry averaged 20 yards per catch his senior year with the Tigers. 

19 Justin Hardee 6-1 190 So. Cleveland/Glenville

Not heavily recruited out of high school, the former projected defensive back put to rest any of those questions with his 99-yard receiving effort against Charleston Southern last year and his six catches for 104 yards in the spring game.

*80 Spencer Harris 6-3 195 Sr. Greenwood, Ark./Greenwood

The only Arkansas native on the roster, the earth, society and environment major will celebrate his 22nd birthday the day Michigan State arrives in Champaign-Urbana for homecoming (Oct. 26). 

9 Steve Hull 6-2 200 Sr. Cincinnati/Sycamore

The former safety had to switch numbers (wore 5 last year) because he’s switching positions as well. Hasn’t caught a pass in his career at Illinois from one of the Illini’s quarterbacks but boasts three career interceptions on his resume.

83 Trevor Kanteman 6-4 240 Fr. Woodland Hills, Calif./Pierce College

Illinois coaches are hoping for a steal after he sat out last season with ACL injury he suffered late in his senior year of high school. Will most likely redshirt this season because he has four years of eligibility to use.

84 Kenny Knight 6-4 210 So. Detroit/Country Day

Swapped uniform numbers with Justin Hardee this offseason. The former high school hoops standout, who played at the same school as Chris Webber and Shane Battier, had his most productive game against Penn State last season with three catches for 30 yards.

11 Matt LaCosse 6-6 240 Jr. Naperville/Naperville North

Multi-sport high school athlete enters his third season at Illinois with four catches to his name. A tight end now, he was a special mention News-Gazette All-State quarterback in 2010.

*12 Ryan Lankford 6-0 175 Sr. Jacksonville, Fla./Paxon

No longer concerned with rugby-style punting, Lankford — who will graduate in December — can focus on becoming the No. 1 target in the Illini passing game after he finished with a team-high 469 receiving yards last year.

85 Tim Lukas 6-4 200 Sr. Mount Prospect/Carthage

The Derrick Rose fan has not caught a pass in two seasons with Illinois after joining the team in 2011. 

16 Marchie Murdock 6-1 180 Fr. Arlington, Texas/Legacy

Son of the high school basketball coach at Legacy, the future sports reporter finished his prep career with 101 career receptions for 1,410 yards and 19 touchdowns.

30 James Nudera 6-1 215 So. Elmhurst/York

A former quarterback his first two seasons at Illinois, he made the switch to tight end — and could see time at fullback — this offseason.

*8 Miles Osei 6-0 200 Sr. Mount Prospect/Prospect

First full season the former QB can worry about only catching passes. Had eight catches for 98 yards in the spring game and, if Bill Cubit wants to, his throwing skills might result in a trick play or two during the season. 

31 Leslie Poole 5-11 185 So. Schaumburg/Conant

Didn’t play last year after joining team in spring 2012 but has made move from running back to wideout this season. 

20 Fritz Rock 6-0 200 Jr. Plymouth, Minn./Wayzata

Caught five passes for 50 yards last season, mostly against Charleston Southern, and will have to battle with several other players if he wants to see the field for significant action. 

86 Tim Russell 6-6 225 Sr. St. Charles/St. Charles East

If he doesn’t catch a pass, his hands are still valuable. He scored both two-point conversions in last year’s loss at Ohio State and enters his third season as the holder for all field goal and extra-point attempts.

13 Dionte Taylor 6-0 170 Fr. Fort Lauderdale, Fla./University School

Hasn’t lost a game since 2011 after helping his high school go undefeated at 13-0 and win a Class 3A state title  in December while hauling in 577 yards on 40 catches and seven TDs.

87 Tyler White 6-5 245 Fr. Kalamazoo, Mich./Plainwell

A smart student who graduated in the top 20 of his class, White was used mostly as a blocking back in high school but still finished with 19 catches for 263 yards and two touchdowns his senior season.

89 Evan Wilson 6-6 250 Sr. Woodstock, Ga./Woodstock

His numbers took a dip last year (only two catches for 9 yards, no TDs) after a combined 19 catches and five TDs his first two seasons. Wilson could be utilized in the backfield as a fullback if Illinois wants to operate its offense under center.


Offensive linemen

78 Harry Black 6-5 245 Fr. Orlando, Fla./Dr. Phillips

Walk-on who joined the team this summer after helping his alma mater reach the Class 8A state semifinals last fall likely will redshirt.

55 Chris Boles 6-4 325 So. Toledo, Ohio/Central Catholic

Avid video game player didn’t see the field last season after sitting out 2011 with a redshirt but could find his way in left guard mix. 

76 Jesse Chadwell 6-5 260 Fr. Clarkston, Mich./Clarkston

Early enrollee, who is in contention for a backup spot at right guard, helped Clarkston to an 11-1 record last season and would like to enter law enforcement if the NFL doesn’t pan out.

*68 Simon Cvijanovic 6-6 310 Jr. Cleveland/Benedictine

Starting left tackle — who has 13 career starts to his name — has added 1 inch and 15 pounds to his frame since start of last season. Whether that helps him protect the QB better, you’ll have to wait and see. 

65 Christian DiLauro 6-5 270 Fr. Uniontown, Ohio/Green

Former tight end in high school has added 30 pounds since the Brian Urlacher fan arrived on campus in January.

60 Tony Durkin 6-3 280 So. Tinley Park/Andrew

Came out of spring ball listed third on the depth chart at center and has not played in a game yet at Illinois.

67 Jake Feldmeyer 6-4 295 Sr. Centerville, Ohio/Centerville

Veteran started four games last season at center and heads into the fall in a backup role at the position. Earned his degree in finance at last spring’s graduation. 

75 Patrick Flavin 6-7 280 So. Lisle/Benet Academy

Tallest player on the roster played 19 snaps in lone appearance last year against Charleston Southern and enters camp as the backup right tackle.

*74 Michael Heitz 6-5 305 Jr. Vermont/South Fulton

Looks like he’ll begin season entrenched at left guard, which is where the small-school product started the final 11 games last season. 

*52 Alex Hill 6-3 325 Jr. Slidell, La./Slidell

Added to his career start total when he found himself at left guard during last year’s season opener against Western Michigan. Likely will add to that total as he replaces Graham Pocic at center. 

72 Dallas Hinkhouse 6-5 275 Jr. Clive, Iowa/Iowa Western CC

Early enrollee who won an NJCAA national title in December with the Reivers could find himself in the mix at left tackle should Cvijanovic struggle. 

*69 Ted Karras 6-4 300 So. Indianapolis/Cathedral

Started all 12 games last year at right guard. Brings experience and a formidable football knowledge because he’s the seventh member of his family to play college football. 

*70 Corey Lewis 6-6 310 Sr. Cresco, Pa./East Stroudsburg South

Oldest player on the team who sat out 2010 and 2011 seasons because of knee injuries wants to become an athletic director if the NFL doesn’t beckon for the sixth-year senior. 

66 Scott McDowell 6-5 290 So. Hinsdale/Hinsdale Central

Three-sport athlete in high school will have to contend with Flavin for backup spot at right tackle. Played in one game last year, logging 19 snaps against Charleston Southern. 

73 Chris O’Connor 6-5 275 So. Tinley Park/Andrew

After a redshirt season in 2011 spent on defensive line, flipped to the offensive line prior to 2012 season. Has yet to play in a game but could find himself at right guard if Karras goes down. 

57 Austin Schmidt 6-6 275 Fr. Galena, Ohio/Olentangy

Dad Glen played football at Towson State, and brother Garrett played football at Dartmouth. Julio Jones fan picked Illinois over Central Michigan and enrolled early in January. 

71 Joe Spencer 6-4 290 Fr. Mason, Ohio/Mason

Redshirted last fall but had an impressive spring. Could find himself on the field at times this year but should find himself in a backup role to Heitz at left guard to start the season. 


Defensive linemen

66 Robbie Bain 6-3 290 Fr. Bolingbrook/Bolingbrook

Beckman switched him from the offensive line to defensive line before spring ball started after a redshirt season in 2012. 

*55 Houston Bates 6-3 240 Jr. Covington, La./St. Paul’s

Probably won’t have his hand on the ground much, with Illinois coaches utilizing him to rush the passer in the LEO role, a hybrid linebacker and defensive end. Recorded 18 tackles last year and won’t wear No. 30 anymore.

92 Abe Cajuste 6-3 290 Jr. Miami/Victor Valley CC

Early enrollee and junior college transfer who could line up at a tackle or end spot, Cajuste picked Illinois ahead of offers from schools like Arizona State, Kansas State, Pittsburgh and Purdue, among others. 

99 Jarrod Clements 6-3 275 Fr. Dayton, Ohio/Trotwood-Madison

Sat out most of last season with a knee injury but cousin of former Michigan wide receiver Roy Roundtree helped Trotwood-Madison reach Division II state title game in 2012 after the Rams won state in 2011. 

94 Bryce Douglas 6-2 330 Fr. Plainfield/Plainfield Central

Big-bodied Class of 2013 prospect who is son of former Illinois great Bruce Douglas, 17-year-old picked Illinois over Central Michigan and considers Kobe Bryant his favorite athlete. 

*95 Jake Howe 6-3 295 Jr. McHenry/McHenry

Broken arm suffered against Penn State caused him to miss rest of the 2012 season after he played in the first five games.

6 Paul James 6-3 240 Fr. Miami/Norland

The Ray Lewis fan who decided a week before Signing Day to choose Illinois over offers from Florida State, Miami, Texas A&M and West Virginia, among others, turns 19 today.

*59 Tim Kynard 6-3 260 Sr. Toledo, Ohio/St. John’s

A strong senior season could have more reporters wanting to talk to him than he had to contend with at Big Ten Media Days.

58 Kenny Nelson 6-6 245 So. Detroit/Cass Tech

Could find his way into the defensive end rotation after he played in four games last year but most likely will spend 2013 being groomed to replace Kynard in 2014.

93 Teko Powell 6-3 295 So. Miami/Norland

Burned his redshirt by playing in final seven games of the season at defensive tackle, recording four tackles. Went to the same high school as Paul James. 

41 Brandon Roberts 6-3 250 Fr. Peoria/Peoria Richwoods

Walk-on who was a high school teammate of Kendrick Foster’s, Roberts joined the team this summer. 

*44 Austin Teitsma 6-2 280 Jr. Glen Ellyn/Glenbard South

No longer a backup, former standout high school wrestler and track and field thrower showed he was ready for prime time with a superb spring. 

97 Vontrell Williams 6-4 300 Fr. Chicago/Chicago Mount Carmel

Could vie for playing time behind Howe after redshirting the 2012 season and displaying some good athletic ability this spring.

90 DeJazz Woods 6-3 255 Jr. Tampa, Fla./Robinson

Played in two games last season and could see time on special teams unit. With dismissal of Darrius Caldwell, moves into backup role of Houston Bates at LEO position. 



10 B.J. Bello 6-3 205 Fr. New Lenox/Lincoln-Way West

A defensive back last year who redshirted 2012 season, cousin of former Illini Supo Sanni had a superb spring game at the hybrid linebacker/defensive back STAR position. 

*45 Jonathan Brown 6-1 235 Sr. Memphis, Tenn./Christian Brothers

If he avoids injuries that plagued him last year and produces like he did in 2011, could find his name still attached to the three watch lists (Bednarik, Butkus and Nagurski) he was named to this summer deep into 2013.

42 Ralph Cooper 6-1 230 Jr. Winnsboro, S.C./Fairfield Central

Hasn’t yet found himself in the starting lineup, but broadcast journalism major could hear his name called in several telecasts this year after playing in all 12 games last year and making 18 tackles. 

5 James Crawford 6-2 195 Fr. Deerfield, Fla./St. Thomas Aquinas

Played at same football powerhouse as Dami Ayoola and Justin DuVernois, the high school safety chose Illinois over offers from Boise State and Northwestern.

48 Henry Dickinson 6-4 230 So. Memphis, Tenn./Memphis U-High

Played as a true freshman under Ron Zook and made 11 tackles but broke his leg last August. Injury caused the former lacrosse player to redshirt the 2012 season and limit his time during spring ball. 

39 Nathan Echard 6-2 215 Fr. Eureka/Eureka, Mo.

Walk-on who joined the team this summer has had relatives play football at Missouri and Southern Cal.

*14 Eric Finney 6-1 205 So. Corona, Calif./College of the Canyons

Junior college transfer who enrolled early is healthy now after sitting out the 2012 season with an injury. A bit inexperienced on defense after switching from wide receiver after high school, Finney will have three seasons of eligibility at Illinois.

33 Zepheniah Grimes 5-11 220 So. Bamberg, S.C./Bamberg-Ehrhardt

In his first season seeing the field, the only player on the team with a last name that starts with G made five tackles and played in eight games, mostly on special teams. First name pronounced zeff-uh-NY-uh.

*43 Mason Monheim 6-1 230 So. Orrville, Ohio/Orrville

Leading tackler from last season with 86 stops as a true freshman, most among true freshmen in the Big Ten for the kinesiology major, who sported shaggier hair in this year’s headshot compared with the buzz cut he had in 2012. 

52 T.J. Neal 6-1 230 Fr. McKeesport, Pa./McKeesport

Redshirted last year but could find himself in the rotation at middle linebacker after an impressive spring season. 

32 Daniel Quintana 6-2 195 Jr. Berwyn/Westchester St. Joseph

Math major joined squad during 2012 spring practice but did not play in a game last year. Did not play basketball at high school that produced Demetri McCamey but wrestled.

91 Dawuane Smoot 6-3 230 Fr. Groveport, Ohio/Groveport-Madison

A defensive end in high school who had 91 tackles and 14 sacks his senior season, Julius Peppers fan picked Illinois over Indiana and a handful of MAC schools. 

34 Mike Svetina 6-2 230 So. Brunswick, Ohio/St. Ignatius

Good friends with Monheim must have bet on who can grow hair out the longest. Played all 12 games last year as a true freshman, making 40 tackles. 

35 Taylor White 5-11 215 Fr. Casey/Casey-Westfield

High school valedictorian didn’t play last year after walking on but has J Leman and Arrelious Benn as his two favorite former Illini. 

18 Jeremy Whitlow 6-2 200 So. Cleveland/Central Catholic

Solid contributor last year on special teams switched to defense this spring after not catching a pass at wide receiver last year.


Defensive backs

25 Sean Arowolaju 5-11 195 Fr. Matteson/Rich South

Arrived as a walk-on during the 2012 season but did not play in any games. Originally born in Nigeria before his family emigrated to United States in 1998. 

*3 Taylor Barton 6-1 210 Fr. Orlando, Fla./Lake Highland Prep

The surprise of the spring game with two interceptions, including one he returned for a touchdown, redshirt who did not play in 2012 enters fall as starting free safety.

*2 V’Angelo Bentley 5-10 180 So. Cleveland/Glenville

Mother, Angela Pope, served two tours in Afghanistan. Son will have to handle cornerback position after playing in 12 games last year along with running back punt and kickoff returns. 

8 Dillan Cazley 5-10 175 Fr. Charleston/Charleston

First commit for Beckman in Class of 2013, Chris Johnson fan endured broken ankle at start of senior season but managed 70 tackles and three interceptions. 

7 Caleb Day 6-1 190 Fr. Hilliard, Ohio/Hilliard Darby

One of two four-star recruits in Class of 2013, versatile athlete had 45 tackles and five interceptions last season and picked Illinois over offers from Arkansas, Cincinnati, Louisville and Ohio State, among others. 

26 Cedric Doxy 6-1 170 Fr. Calumet City/Thornwood

Doxy, Class of 2012, did not pick off a pass from our own Marcus Jackson, Class of 2000, during their prep careers with the Thunderbirds but is looking to get on the field after joining the squad last year as a walk-on. 

28 Jaylen Dunlap 6-1 175 Fr. Glenwood/Crete-Monee

Won a Class 6A state title last November at Memorial Stadium, and Juice Williams supporter chose Illinois over Eastern Michigan, UAB and Western Michigan in January.

20 Clayton Fejedelem 6-1 190 Jr. Lemont/St. Xavier

Only player with four E’s in his last name, walk-on had eight tackles during spring game and an interception. 

22 Nick Forzley 5-9 180 Sr. Lemont/Lemont

Sports management major played in his first game last season against Charleston Southern. 

36 Samuel Harlib 6-0 175 Fr. Las Vegas/Army & Navy Academy

Walk-on played in the inaugural Football University All-Star Games in 2013 and father, Dennis Flynn, played football at Illinois from 1977 to ’81. 

4 Darwyn Kelly 6-1 195 Fr. Upper Marlboro, Md./Woodson

Questions about his residency cut short this Ed Reed fan’s senior season at Woodson High School in Washington, D.C. Picked Illinois over offers from Colorado, Georgia Tech, North Carolina and Purdue, among others. 

37 Davontay Kwaaning 5-11 185 So. Chicago/Lindblom

Joined team during 2012 spring practice and had four tackles and an interception in April’s spring game. 

15 Jevaris Little 6-1 180 Fr. St. Petersburg, Fla./Lakewood

Redshirt last year who had three tackles in the spring game and could be counted on as a backup cornerback this year.

29 Nelson Lugo 5-11 195 Fr. Franklin Park/East Leyden

Walk-on who joined the team prior to the 2012 season redshirted last year.

23 Ben Mathis 6-3 200 Sr. Springfield/Springfield High

Could see the field at strong safety, and Beckman rewarded the former walk-on with a scholarship after the 2012 season. 

17 Jonathan McKoy 6-2 180 Jr. Oak Forest/Chicago Mount Carmel

Biology major who made the dean’s list in 2011 and 2012 joined the team as a walk-on and took part in spring practices. 

24 Darius Mosely 5-11 185 Fr. O’Fallon/O’Fallon

Early enrollee who had  1,126 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns his senior season made 10 tackles to lead the Orange team during the spring game. Picked Illinois over offers from Arizona State, Iowa, Michigan State and Northwestern, among others. 

31 Nick North 6-1 195 So. Hollywood, Fla./McArthur

Will try to get on field as a cornerback after serving as a backup at free safety last year. Only played in the Charleston Southern game in 2012. 

46 Samuel Ogunkoya 5-7 195 Fr. Chicago/Uplift

2013 walk-on took part in spring practices, was born in Nigeria and is shortest player on roster.

30 Zane Petty 6-1 190 Jr. Corning, Calif./American River College

Former Colorado State signee — and son of former Denver Broncos offensive lineman Manson Petty — compiled 140 tackles and 11 interceptions during his two junior college seasons. 

*27 Eaton Spence 6-0 180 So. Belle Glade, Fla./Glades Day

Redshirt in 2011 made two starts last year and played in all 12 games, making 16 tackles and one sack. Will start opposite Bentley at a cornerback spot.

*9 Earnest Thomas 6-2 210 Jr. Orchard Lake, Mich./St. Mary’s

Most experienced player in the secondary with 69 tackles last fall was only Big Ten player ejected from a game in 2012 because of a helmet-to-helmet hit, which he did against Penn State tight end Matt Lehman.



*18 Justin DuVernois 6-1 190 Jr. Plantation, Fla./St. Thomas Aquinas

One of 25 players on the Ray Guy preseason award watch list, Donovan McNabb fan had career-long 72-yard punt in last year’s opener against Western Michigan. 

53 Blake Flannigan 6-1 205 Fr. Sikeston, Mo./Sikeston

Walk-on who joined team this summer will try to snap footballs like workers throw rolls at Lambert’s Cafe, a Sikeston landmark.

3 Ryan Frain 6-2 220 Fr. Indianapolis/Scecina

Redshirted last season and will enter camp as backup to DuVernois at punter and Taylor Zalewski with place-kicking duties. 

*54 Zach Hirth 6-4 200 Fr. Eureka, Mo./Eureka

Redshirted last year and will get crack at replacing three-year starter Zak Pedersen as team’s long snapper. 

36 Brad Janitz 6-5 215 Sr. Cincinnati/Walnut Hills

Intern with Illinois marketing department this summer has never punted in a game but boomed a 61-yarder during spring game.

56 Michael Martin 6-4 210 Fr. Champaign/Centennial

Long snapper redshirted last year. Only former Charger on roster will try to edge Hirth for starting role. 

38 David Reisner 6-0 185 Fr. Bartlett/Navy

South Elgin graduate was on Midshipmen’s roster last fall but did not play. Joined Illinois this spring as a walk-on. 

83 Brennen VanMieghem 6-2 190 So. Metamora/Metamora

Hasn’t kicked in a game yet at Illinois but walk-on helped Metamora win Class 5A state title at Memorial Stadium in 2007, when he made a 26-yard field goal with 27 seconds left. 

*17 Taylor Zalewski 6-3 200 So. Orland Park/Carl Sandburg Earned a scholarship this offseason and will enter season as starting kickoff specialist and place-kicker. Went 4 of 7 on field goals last year and had 23 of his 43 kickoffs end in touchbacks.


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