J Leman wins Big Ten award

Moral victory, who knows however the Big Ten saw a great defensive performance by junior LB J Leman against the Ohio State Buckeyes. Just like Leman the Illini are getting better each week out.

JR, LB, Champaign, Ill./Central Leman racked up a career-high 19 tackles and 3.5 tackles for loss, including an eight-yard sack, while forcing a fumble to spearhead an Illinois defense that limited top-ranked Ohio State to a season-low 17 points and 224 yards of total offense. The junior linebacker's 19-tackle performance, which included eight solo stops, are the most by a Big Ten player this season. After trailing 17-0 at halftime, the Illini defense allowed only 29 yards and four first downs while shutting out the Buckeyes in the second half. Leman leads the Big Ten and ranks fourth nationally with 11.7 tackles per game and has produced double-digits in defensive stops in eight of 10 contests. He collects the first weekly accolade of his career and the first by an Illini defensive player since Derrick Strong was honored on Nov. 11, 2002.

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