On Monday, the Big Ten conference announced their All-Big Ten first and second teams for the 2013 season. Two players from the Illinois Fighting Illini that were named to the All-Big Ten second team by the media were senior quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase and senior linebacker Jonathan Brown.
Scheelhaase had a record breaking season in his final season in the Orange & Blue. He broke records for passing efficiency (140.73) and completion percentage (66.7), and threw for a total of 3,272 yards which the fourth-most in Illini history. On top of that, he tossed 21 passes for touchdowns which is the fifth most in school history. He also passed former Illinois quarterback Juice Williams for the school record of total offense.
Brown had a very successful senior campaign, despite the overall pathetic performance of the defensive unit as a whole. Brown led the team with 119 tackles on the year which ranked second in the conference. He also ranked 3rd in the conference for tackles for loss with 15 in 2013. He also added 5.0 sacks, four pass breakups, one interception and one forced fumble on the season.
Two Illinois players that were named as honorable mentions by the media were junior LEO Houston Bates and senior wide receiver Steve Hull. Bates was second on the team with 12 tackles for loss while Hull closed out his college career in a big way following the season-ending injury to senior wide receiver Ryan Lankford.
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