The Illini football road victory that stands above all others is ... beating No. 1 Ohio State in 2007. An amazing final drive led by Juice Williams clinched it.

Over the 133 years of Illinois football history, a grand total of 20 individuals have 50-yard field goals to their credit. Of the 46 long-distance placements that have been recorded, nearly one-ninth of those belong to Chase McLaughlin, who’s celebrating his 27th birthday on Sunday.

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From top athletes to top interviewees and everything in between, The News-Gazette sports staff takes a look back at the school year that was for Illinois athletics

Caleb Griffin, a former four-sport Danville High School star and a current kicker on the Illinois football team, is a constant presence at high school, college and pro sporting events