Nov. 30, 2009
Juice Williams, Illinois
SR, QB, Chicago, Ill./Vocational
Williams compiled 349 yards of total offense and accounted for four touchdowns at nationally ranked Cincinnati to become just the sixth player in Big Ten history to surpass 10,000 career yards of total offense. The senior quarterback completed 21-of-34 passes (61.8 pct.) for a season-high 282 yards with three scoring strikes and no interceptions while adding 67 yards on 11 carries (6.1 avg.) with a rushing touchdown against the Bearcats. He now has 10,327 yards of total offense, becoming the first Illini to break the 10,000-yard mark and climbing to fifth in Big Ten history by moving past Iowa’s Chuck Long, who compiled 10,254 yards from 1981-85. Williams also broke the 2,500-yard plateau in ground yardage, as his 2,501 career rushing yards ranks second in conference annals behind only the 3,895 yards compiled by Indiana’s Antwaan Randle El from 1998-2001. The Chicago native earns his first weekly accolade this season and the fourth in his career, after being honored on Sept. 1 and Oct. 6, 2008, and Nov. 12, 2007.
LAST ILL OFFENSIVE POW: QB Juice Williams on Oct. 6, 2008
Derek Dimke, Illinois
SO, PK, Rockford, Ill./Boylan
After taking over kicking duties on Nov. 14, Dimke remained perfect by connecting on three extra points and three field goals, including a career-long 48-yarder against Cincinnati. The sophomore kicker successfully converted field goals of 30, 39 and 48 yards against the Bearcats to compile a career-high 12 points. He is now four-of-four on field goals this year, after handling only kickoff duties the last half of his freshman season in 2008. Dimke earns his first career weekly laurel and the first for an Illini special teams player since the 2007 campaign.
LAST ILL SPECIAL TEAMS POW: PK Jason Reda on Nov. 5, 2007