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2016 Illinois Fighting Illini football
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
DivisionWest Division
2016 record3–9 (2–7 Big Ten)
Head coachLovie Smith (1st season)
Offensive coordinatorGarrick McGee (1st season)
Offensive schemeMultiple
Defensive coordinatorHardy Nickerson (1st season)
Base defense4-3
Home stadiumMemorial Stadium
(Capacity: 60,670)
Seasons
← 2015
2017 →

Template:2016 Big Ten football standings The 2016 Illinois Fighting Illini football team represented the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign in the 2016 NCAA Division I FBS football season. They were led by first-year head coach Lovie Smith and played their home games at Memorial Stadium in Champaign, Illinois. They were members of the West Division of the Big Ten Conference. They finished the season 3–9, 2–7 in Big Ten play to finish in sixth place in the West Division.

ScheduleEdit

The team will host all three non–conference games which are against the Murray State Racers from the Ohio Valley Conference, North Carolina Tar Heels from the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC), and the Western Michigan Broncos from the Mid-American Conference (MAC).

DateTimeOpponentSiteTVResultAttendance
September 32:30 PMMurray State*BTNW 52–348,644
September 106:30 PMNorth Carolina*
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Champaign, IL
BTNL 23–4860,670
September 173:00 PMWestern Michigan*
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Champaign, IL
ESPNewsL 10–3440,954
October 12:30 PMat No. 15 NebraskaESPN2L 16–3190,374
October 82:30 PMPurdue
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Champaign, IL (Rivalry)
BTNL 31–34 OT42,912
October 1511:00 AMat RutgersESPNewsW 24–742,640
October 222:30 PMat No. 3 MichiganBTNL 8–41111,103
October 2911:00 AMMinnesotadagger
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Champaign, IL
BTNL 17–4040,090
November 511:00 AMMichigan State
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Champaign, IL
ESPNewsW 31–2747,144
November 122:30 PMat No. 7 WisconsinESPN2L 3–4879,340
November 1911:00 AMIowa
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Champaign, IL
BTNL 0–2839,031
November 2611:00 AMat NorthwesternBTNL 21–4230,022
  • *Non-conference game
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game
  • All times are in Central time
Schedule Source:[1]

Game summariesEdit

Murray StateEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Racers 0 3 0 0 3
Fighting Illini 14 21 7 10 52



Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting

North CarolinaEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Tar Heels 17 7 7 17 48
Fighting Illini 14 2 0 7 23




Overall record Last meeting Result
0–3 2015 UNC, 48–14

Western MichiganEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Broncos 14 10 3 7 34
Fighting Illini 0 7 3 0 10



Overall record Last meeting Result
4–1 2012 ILL, 24–7

at NebraskaEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Fighting Illini 0 13 3 0 16
#15 Cornhuskers 7 3 0 21 31



Overall record Last meeting Result
3–9–1 2015 ILL, 14–13

PurdueEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Boilermakers 7 14 3 7 34
Fighting Illini 3 13 7 8 31



Overall record Last meeting Result
44–41–6 2015 ILL, 48–14

at RutgersEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Fighting Illini 0 7 10 7 24
Scarlet Knights 0 0 0 7 7



Overall record Last meeting Result
1–1 2006 RUTG, 33–0

at MichiganEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Fighting Illini 0 0 0 8 8
#3 Wolverines 21 10 3 7 41



Overall record Last meeting Result
23–69–2 2012 MICH, 45–0

MinnesotaEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Golden Gophers 14 0 7 19 40
Fighting Illini 7 0 7 3 17



Overall record Last meeting Result
29–36–3 2015 MINN, 32–23

Michigan StateEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Spartans 3 3 11 10 27
Fighting Illini 0 7 10 14 31



Overall record Last meeting Result
17–26–2 2013 MSU, 42–3

at #7 WisconsinEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Fighting Illini 3 0 0 0 3
#7 Badgers 21 10 3 14 48



Overall record Last meeting Result
37–39–7 2015 WISC, 24–13

IowaEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Hawkeyes 0 7 7 14 28
Fighting Illini 0 0 0 0 0



Overall record Last meeting Result
38–31–2 2015 IOWA, 29–20

at NorthwesternEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Fighting Illini 0 14 7 0 21
Wildcats 14 7 14 7 42



Overall record Last meeting Result
55–49–5 2015 NW, 24–14

RosterEdit

2016 Illinois Fighting Illini football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
RB 2 Corbin, ReggieReggie Corbin 10px Fr
QB 3 George, Jr., JeffJeff George, Jr. 10px Fr
WR 4 Taylor, D. J.D. J. Taylor Sr
RB 5 Vaughn, Ke'ShawnKe'Shawn Vaughn So
RB 6 Nation, TreTre Nation Fr
QB 7 Crouch, ChayceChayce Crouch 10px So
WR 9 Mays, SamSam Mays So
WR 11 Turner, MalikMalik Turner Jr
QB 12 Lunt, WesWes Lunt 10px Sr
TE 13 Reams, CalebCaleb Reams 10px Fr
QB 14 Miller, CamCam Miller Fr
WR 15 McGriff, M. J.M. J. McGriff Fr
WR 16 Holcombe, ZarrianZarrian Holcombe Fr
WR 18 Dudek, MikeMike Dudek 10px So
WR 19 Hardee, JustinJustin Hardee 10px Sr
WR 21 Berg, ManMan Berg 10px Sr
RB 22 Foster, KendrickKendrick Foster 10px Jr
WR 25 Davis, TrenardTrenard Davis 10px Fr
RB 27 Brown, DreDre Brown 10px Fr
RB 29 Bobak, ChristianChristian Bobak Fr
DB 36 Roberts, AustinAustin Roberts 10px So
RB 39 Echard, NathanNathan Echard 10px Jr
OL 52 Solomon, AdamAdam Solomon 10px Fr
OL 53 Allegretti, NickNick Allegretti 10px So
OL 57 Schmidt, AustinAustin Schmidt Sr
OL 61 Lee, DartaDarta Lee Fr
OL 65 Kramer, DougDoug Kramer Fr
OL 66 Fagan, JordanJordan Fagan Jr
OL 67 DiLauro, ChristianChristian DiLauro 10px Jr
OL 68 Long, MattMatt Long 10px Fr
OL 70 Fish, EddyEddy Fish Fr
OL 71 Spencer, JoeJoe Spencer 10px Sr
OL 72 Megginson, GabeGabe Megginson 10px Fr
OL 73 Cerny, JakeJake Cerny Fr
OL 74 Brennan, ConnorConnor Brennan Fr
OL 75 Gavin, KurtKurt Gavin Fr
OL 78 Black, HarryHarry Black Sr
OL 79 Heath, ZachZach Heath 10px Jr
TE 80 Johnson, AinslieAinslie Johnson Sr
TE 81 Palmer, GriffinGriffin Palmer Fr
WR 82 Harlib, SamuelSamuel Harlib 10px Jr
TE 83 Walker, BobbyBobby Walker 10px Fr
WR 84 Thieman, DominicDominic Thieman Fr
TE 85 Trainer, AndrewAndrew Trainer 10px Fr
WR 86 Cain, DesmondDesmond Cain So
TE 87 White, TylerTyler White Sr
WR 88 Grant, ZachZach Grant 10px Sr
TE 89 Davis, AndrewAndrew Davis Sr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
DB 1 Dunlap, JaylenJaylen Dunlap 10px Jr
LB 2 Jones, JulianJulian Jones So
DB 3 Barton, TaylorTaylor Barton 10px Sr
DB 4 Kelly, DarwynDarwyn Kelly 10px Jr
LB 5 Crawford, JamesJames Crawford 10px Jr
DL 6 Phillips, CarrollCarroll Phillips 10px Sr
DB 7 Day, CalebCaleb Day Sr
DB 8 Cazley, DillanDillan Cazley Sr
LB 9 Harding, DeleDele Harding Fr
LB 10 Nickerson Jr., HardyHardy Nickerson Jr. 10px Sr
DL 11 Clements, ChunkyChunky Clements Sr
DB 12 James, ChrisChris James 10px So
DL 14 President, GimelGimel President 10px Sr
DL 16 Bain, RobRob Bain 10px Sr
DB 17 Green, StanleyStanley Green Fr
DB 20 Clayton, Jr., HarveyHarvey Clayton, Jr. Fr
DB 21 Nelson, PatrickPatrick Nelson 10px Fr
DB 23 Sumpter, FrankFrank Sumpter 10px Fr
DB 24 Mosely, DariusDarius Mosely Sr
DB 26 Jones, EvanEvan Jones Fr
DB 27 Hayes, AhmariAhmari Hayes 10px Jr
DB 30 Hylton, JulianJulian Hylton 10px So
DB 31 Watkins, CameronCameron Watkins 10px Fr
LB 32 Williams, JusticeJustice Williams 10px Fr
LB 33 Watson, TréTré Watson 10px Fr
LB 34 Abercrombie, ChristionChristion Abercrombie Fr
LB 35 Hansen, JakeJake Hansen Fr
DB 37 Holman, ZachZach Holman 10px So
LB 40 Svetina, MikeMike Svetina 10px Sr
LB 41 Marchese, JimmyJimmy Marchese 10px Fr
DL 42 Jones, BrandonBrandon Jones Fr
LB 44 Murtaugh, DrewDrew Murtaugh Fr
DL 45 McGrew, HenryHenry McGrew 10px So
DL 47 Adesanya, SeanSean Adesanya 10px So
LB 52 Shogbonyo, AyoAyo Shogbonyo Fr
DL 55 Milan, JamalJamal Milan 10px Fr
DL 76 Martin, ZekeZeke Martin 10px Fr
DL 85 Roberts, BrandonBrandon Roberts 10px Jr
DL 91 Smoot, DawuaneDawuane Smoot Sr
DL 94 Odenigbo, TitoTito Odenigbo 10px So
DL 95 Jackson, KenyonKenyon Jackson Fr
DL 96 Oliver, TymirTymir Oliver Fr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
P 13 Frain, RyanRyan Frain Sr
K 17 McCourt, JamesJames McCourt Fr
K, P 38 Reisner, DavidDavid Reisner 10px Sr
P 40 Tucker, RyanRyan Tucker 10px So
K 43 McLaughlin, ChaseChase McLaughlin 10px Fr
LS 56 Martin, MichaelMichael Martin 10px Sr
LS 58 Mills, SeanSean Mills Fr
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches
  • Garrick McGeeOffensive Coordinator / Quarterbacks
  • Hardy NickersonDefensive Coordinator
  • Mike Phair – Defensive Line
  • Bob LigasheskySpecial Teams Coordinator / Tight Ends
  • Luke ButkusOffensive Line
  • Andrew Hayes-Stoker – Wide Receivers
  • Tim McGarigleLinebackers
  • Thad Ward – Running Backs
  • Paul Williams – Defensive Backs
  • Joe Fotu - Graduate Assistant - Defense
  • Tyler Johns - Graduate Assistant - Offense
  • Brett Nelson - Graduate Assistant - Offense
  • Robert Wright - Graduate Assistant - Defense
  • Dean Hogan - Special Teams Analyst
  • Kingsley Osei-Asibey - Defensive Analyst
  • Nathan Scheelhaase - Offensive Analyst
  • Tim Knox - Director of Football Operations
  • Josh Sternquist - Director of Player Personnel
  • Patrick Embleton - Director of Football Student-Athlete Development
  • Nathan McNeal - Director of High School Relations
  • Travis Perry - Graphics/Social Media
  • Nina Baloun - Recruiting Assistant
  • James Kirkland - Recruiting Analyst
  • Joey Boese - Head Football Strength & Conditioning Coach
  • Jeremy Busch - Head Football Athletic Trainer
  • Trent Chestnut - Head Football Equipment Manager
  • Alex Benizzi - Director of Football Video

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • Cruz Roja.svg Injured
  • Redshirt.svg Redshirt

Roster
Last update: October 13, 2016

Awards and honorsEdit

Weekly

Weekly Awards
Player Award Date Awarded Ref.
Patrick Nelson Big Ten Freshman of the Week October 17, 2016 [2]
Tré Watson Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week November 7, 2016 [3]

All-Conference

All-Big Ten[4][5]
Player Selection
Dawuane Smoot Third Team (Coaches & Media)
Hardy Nickerson Honorable Mention (Coaches & Media)
Carroll Phillips First Team (Media)
Honorable Mention (Coaches)
Joe Spencer Honorable Mention (Media)
Tré Watson Honorable Mention (Media)

ReferencesEdit

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