The Spartans Must Stop _______ To Win

We look at the key players on Illinois the Spartans must stop in order to stay undefeated this season.

Mikel Leshoure

Junior running back has gained 597 yards for a 5.7 per carry average and 3 touchdowns.  The Spartans have done a great job containing teams from using their running game and stopping Leshoure will be a key to a victory.  Last season Leshoure rushed for 22 yards and had a catch for 41 yards and two touchdowns against the Spartans.

Nathan Scheelhaase

Redshirt freshman quarterback who was the clear-cut winner of the quarterback job this season.  His numbers are not great, but he is playing solid football.  If pressured he could be forced into several mistakes.

A.J. Jenkins

Junior wide receiver continues to improve his game with twenty catches for 282 yards and three touchdowns this season.   Jenkins is the team's leading receiving threat. 

Jarred Fayson

Senior wide receiver is no stranger to Coach Zook as he transferred from Florida after the 2007 season.  So far, Fayson has also pulled down twenty balls for 161 but has not found the end zone.

Martez Wilson

Junior linebacker missed the 2009 season with a herniated disc in his neck.  So far this season he is the team's top tackler with 46 total stops and 2 sacks.

Ian Thomas

Junior linebacker was last season's leading tackler with 95 total stops.  Has continued improving his game as this season's second leading tackler with 34 total stops, a sack, and a fumble recovery.

Nate Bussey

Senior linebacker has a lot of game experience and is tied for second in tackles with 34 total stops, a sack, and an interception this season.


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