Quarterback Jason Verduzco led the team with 1,779 passing yards, while Darren Boyer led with 593 rushing yards. John Wright led with 508 receiving yards.
Several Illinois players received all-conference honors. Defensive lineman Simeon Rice was selected by the Associated Press (AP) as the Big Ten Freshman of the Year. Offensive tackle Brad Hopkins was selected by the AP as a first-team all-conference player, and linebacker Dana Howard and quarterback Verduzco were selected as a second-team player.