Illinois Fighting Illini football statistical leaders

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The Illinois Fighting Illini football statistical leaders are individual statistical leaders of the Illinois Fighting Illini football program in various categories,[1] including passing, rushing, receiving, total offense, defensive stats, and kicking. Within those areas, the lists identify single-game, single-season, and career leaders, the Fighting Illini represent the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign in the NCAA's Big Ten Conference.

Although Illinois began competing in intercollegiate football in 1890,[1] the school's official record book generally does not include statistics from before the 1950s, as records from before this year are often incomplete and inconsistent. An exception to this is Red Grange, who appears several times on these lists despite playing in the 1920s.

These lists are dominated by more recent players for several reasons:

  • Since the 1950s, seasons have increased from 10 games to 11 and then 12 games in length.
  • The NCAA didn't allow freshmen to play varsity football until 1972 (with the exception of the World War II years), allowing players to have four-year careers.
  • Bowl games only began counting toward single-season and career statistics in 2002.[2] The Fighting Illini have played in 4 bowl games since then, all since 2008, giving recent players an extra game to accumulate statistics.

These lists are updated through the end of the 2016 season.

Passing[edit]

Passing yards[edit]

Passing touchdowns[edit]

Rushing[edit]

Rushing yards[edit]

Rushing touchdowns[edit]

Receiving[edit]

Receptions[edit]

Receiving yards[edit]

Receiving touchdowns[edit]

Total offense[edit]

Total offense is the sum of passing and rushing statistics. It does not include receiving or returns.[18]

Total offense yards[edit]

Total touchdowns[edit]

Defense[edit]

Interceptions[edit]

Tackles[edit]

Sacks[edit]

Kicking[edit]

Field goals made[edit]

Field goal percentage[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "2015 Illinois Fighting Illini Media Guide". FightingIllini.com. Retrieved 2016-07-09. 
  2. ^ "NCAA changes policy on football stats". ESPN.com. AP. 2002-08-28. Retrieved 2014-09-11. 
  3. ^ a b c d "West Lunt". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2016-11-30. 
  4. ^ a b c d "Defense key as Minnesota takes down Illinois". ESPN.com. 2008-10-11. 
  5. ^ a b "Illini come back to knock off W. Kentucky, 42-34". ESPN.com. 2014-09-06. 
  6. ^ a b c "Missouri 52, Illinois 42". ESPN.com. 2008-08-30. 
  7. ^ a b c "Indiana defeats Illinois 52-35". ESPN.com. 2013-11-09. 
  8. ^ "Reilly O'Toole throws for 5 TDs as Illinois blanks Charleston Southern". ESPN.com. 2012-09-15. 
  9. ^ "Illinois blows by Miami (OH), 50-14". ESPN.com. 2013-09-28. 
  10. ^ "Mikel Leshoure runs rampant as Illinois stomps Northwestern at Wrigley". ESPN.com. 2010-11-20. 
  11. ^ "Illini trample Hoosiers to end losing streak in Big Ten openers". ESPN.com. 2007-09-15. 
  12. ^ a b c Associated Press (1990-09-23). "Griffith Gets 8 Touchdowns in Illini Win". LATimes.com. Los Angeles Times. 
  13. ^ "Northwestern closes with 37-34 win over Illinois". ESPN.com. 2013-11-30. 
  14. ^ a b c "Illinois completes comeback in final minute to defeat rival Northwestern". ESPN.com. 2011-10-01. 
  15. ^ "Purdue runs past Illinois 38-27". ESPN.com. 2014-10-04. 
  16. ^ "No. 19 Illinois improves to 6-0 after cruising past Indiana". ESPN.com. 2011-10-08. 
  17. ^ Sugar Bowl
  18. ^ "Official 2007 NCAA Division I Football Record Book" (PDF). National Collegiate Athletic Association. August 2007. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-12-01. Retrieved 2008-01-03. 
  19. ^ "Illinois QB Williams sets Michigan Stadium record with 431 yards of total offense". ESPN.com. 2008-10-04.