University of Illinois
6-0 – 190
East St. Louis, Illinois
East St. Louis High School
5th Round – 150th Overall
Honorable Mention All-Big Ten in both 2011 and 2012 … Played in 44 career games, making 26 starts and posting 163 tackles, 12.5 TFLs, 1.0 sack, six interceptions, including two pick-sixes, and 28 passes defended … Helped lead Illinois to back-to-back bowl victories in 2010 (Texas Bowl) and 2011 (Kraft Fight Hunger) … Defensive MVP of the 2011 Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl … Anchored a 2011 Illini defense that ranked seventh nationally in total defense (286.2 ypg) and third nationally in pass defense (162.3 ypg)
Honorable mention All-Big Ten selection by media … Earned Illinois Point Award as top Defensive Skill Player at annual postseason banquet … Led the team with seven passes defended (six PBUs and one INT) … Played in 11 games and started nine, making 44 tackles, 4.0 TFLs, 1.0 sack, six PBUs and one INT in senior season … Also returned 12 kicks for 255 yards (21.2 ypr), including an Illinois season-long of 45 at Ohio State … Recorded an interception, his first of the season, and five tackles, including one for a loss, at Northwestern … Posted 10 tackles, including career-highs in solos (9) and TFLs (2.0), recorded his first career sack and had a career-best six kickoff returns for a career-high 158 yards, including a career-long 45-yarder, at Ohio State … Broke up a pass, made one tackle and posted two kickoff returns, including a 27-yarder against Indiana … Missed Michigan game due to injury … Registered seven tackles before leaving the game due to injury at Wisconsin … Recorded four tackles and one PBU against Penn State … Registered four tackles, one PBU and a 25-yard kick return against Louisiana Tech … Made five tackles, including one TFL, and broke up a pass in season-opening win over Western Michigan … Named to the preseason watch list for the Paul Hornung Award … Named a preseason third-team All-Big Ten selection by Phil Steele.
Honorable Mention All-Big Ten by the coaches and media … Played in all 13 games, making 11 starts at cornerback … Also took over punt return duties late in the season … Had 60 tackles, 5.0 TFLs, a team-high three interceptions and a team-high 11 passes defended on the season … Tied for the Big Ten lead in passes defended per game (0.85) … Earned Defensive Player of the Game honors in Illinois’ win over UCLA in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl after scoring the go-ahead touchdown on a 39-yard interception return … Also recorded five tackles, 1.5 TFLs and a PBU, and returned four punts for 31 yards against UCLA … Recorded three tackles, a half-TFL and two PBUs against Minnesota … Led the Illini with a career-high 15 tackles, one forced fumble and one QB hurry against Wisconsin … Posted two tackles and one TFL and returned his first punt for six yards against Michigan … Recorded three tackles and one interception against Penn State … Led team with nine tackles, including a career-high eight solos, along with an interception and a career-high three PBUs against Western Michigan … Shared the team lead with eight tackles, including one TFL and a PBU in win over Arizona State … Recorded one tackle and one TFL against South Dakota State … Posted four tackles in season-opener against Arkansas State.
Played in eight games on the season, making one start … Missed five games (the first four games and the Minnesota game) due to injury … Had 28 tackles, 3.5 TFLs, three PBUs and one interception on the season … Made his first start of the season in the Texas Bowl, where he led the team with a career-high nine tackles, including seven solos, and 1.5 TFLs in the win over Baylor … Had four tackles and a half-TFL at Fresno State … Tallied two tackles and a PBU in win over Northwestern … Recorded three tackles and two PBUs at Michigan … Secured his only interception of the season and had four tackles and one TFL in win over Indiana … Tallied three tackles, including his first TFL of the season against Michigan State … Preseason first-team All-Big Ten by Phil Steele’s College Football Preview … Preseason third-team All-Big Ten by Athlon Sports.
Earned Freshman All-Big Ten honors from The Sporting News … Played in all 12 games, making five starts … Had 30 tackles, five PBUs and one interception which was returned for a TD on the season … Recorded four tackles and a career-best three PBUs against No. 5 Cincinnati … Recorded first career interception and returned it 44 yards for a touchdown in win over Minnesota … Also had a career-high five solo tackles and a PBU against Gophers … Recorded season-best six tackles, including a touchdown saver from behind in win over Michigan … Returned four kickoffs for 74 yards, including a long of 22 against Penn State.
Parade All-American … Named nation’s top receiver by Parade Magazine … USA Today All-American … Listed as the 58th-best player in the country by Rivals.com … SuperPrep All-American … SuperPrep Midwest Offensive Player of the Year … Champaign News-Gazette Player of the Year … St. Louis Post-Dispatch first-team All-State and All-Metro Defensive Player of the Year … Champaign News-Gazette All-State … Ranked No. 54 on PrepStar’s Dream Team … Named the No. 3 player in the Midwest by SuperPrep … MaxPreps first-team All-American … Named to the EA Sports All-America team … A four-star recruit by Rivals.com … MaxPreps top-100 player … Ranked the No. 6 wide receiver nationally by Rivals.com … Three-year starter for East St. Louis … No. 1 player in the state of Illinois by Rivals.com … A four-star recruit by Scout.com … Scored 28 touchdowns and recorded 1,009 receiving yards as a senior … Also ran back four interceptions for touchdowns … Averaged 21 yards per catch in 2008 … Played receiver, defensive back, punter and returned punts as both a junior and senior … Rated the 11th-best receiver by Scout.com … Registered 1,100 yards receiving as a junior and scored 15 touchdowns … Recorded 118 tackles and eight interceptions, three returned for touchdowns … Also posted a 44.8 punting average, 263 punt return yards and scored 132 points for his Illinois 7A State Championship team … Ranked the No. 12 receiver nationally by Tom Lemming … High school coach was Darren Sunkett.
Born on Jan. 1, 1990 … Son of Diane Hawthorne and Ricky McGary … Enrolled in the general curriculum … Nickname is Black Cat … Chose Illinois over Arizona, Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas Tech.