Weatherford (Terre Haute, Ind./North) was a semifinalist for the Ray Guy Award, given annually to the nation's best punter, and for the second year in a row, broke the Illinois single-season punting average record. Earning first-team All-Big Ten honors, he had a 45.4 average, which ranked fourth nationally. Davis (St. Louis, Mo./Lindbergh) is entering his second season as a starter for the Illini and has contributed to both the rushing and receiving game. He has compiled 778 yards of total offense and has scored five touchdowns.
Thomas (Lynwood, Ill./Thornton Fractional South) led the Big Ten in all-purpose yards last season, which was due in large part to his 27.1 yard per game kickoff return average. As a kick return specialist he ranked third in the league and 10th in the nation.