Tag:Martez Wilson
Posted on: January 11, 2011 12:28 pm

Illinois losing LeShoure to NFL

Posted by Tom Fornelli

On Monday Illinois lost one of its best players on defense to the NFL draft in Martez Wilson, and on Tuesday the Illini lost their biggest weapon on offense as well.  Though it didn't come as much of a shock, Illinois can't be all that excited to hear that running back Mikel LeShoure will forego his senior season in Champaign and enter the NFL draft.

"I know it wasn't an easy choice," LeShoure's mother, Jazz Jones told the Champaign News-Gazette. "He did his homework as far as weighing his options. He looked at the pros and cons of leaving and the pros and cons of staying."

"[Ron Zook] said Mikel has proven to him that he is capable of anything.  He wished Mikel well. He spoke very highly of the maturity Mikel has shown. He said he's going to do whatever he can to help my son. I appreciate what he has done for my son."

Unfortunately for Ron Zook, he'll not only have to replace LeShoure's production next season, but he can't even attend the press conference LeShoure will be announcing his decision at.  It's being held in his former high school, and since it's the recruiting dead period, no coaches are allowed in any high schools right now.  Not even for a press conference.

LeShoure is coming off the most prolific season in Illinois history as a running back, rushing for 1,697 yards and 17 touchdowns, including a 330 yard performance against Northwestern at Wrigley Field.  He was also on the end of three receiving touchdowns.  
Posted on: January 10, 2011 12:09 pm

Illinois' Martez Wilson entering NFL Draft

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Here's one that may be considered a bit of a head-scratcher.  it seems that Illinois linebacker Martez Wilson will be leaving school early to take a shot at the pros, as he's filed his papers to enter the NFL Draft.  The reason I say it's a bit surprising is that Wilson, who was a highly-related recruit when Ron Zook landed him in Champaign, has had a bit of a rough road since his college career started.  Still, that doesn't seem to have any affect on his decision.

"I know I can get better but I'm ready to make this move," Wilson said. "I can play inside or outside. I will be a versatile NFL player.

"College has been a great experience and I've matured greatly. I appreciate what I have now and I've been making good decisions."

Wilson's career in Champaign was a bit of a roller coaster.  In his three years at the school he's had to deal with being stabbed in a bar fight, and a broken vertabrae in his neck.  He's also battled through a bunch of smaller injuries -- other injuries would have to be smaller than those -- but did finally have a solid season in 2010.  Still, though he'll be getting his degree this May, in my opinion Wilson would have been better off returning to school for another season.

Another season like the one he had in 2010 would have improved his stock quite a bit.  Of course, given the things that have happened to him while he was in college, I guess it's hard to blame him for wanting to get out as quickly as possible.
Posted on: November 16, 2010 1:56 pm

Two arrests in Southern Miss shooting case

Posted by Tom Fornelli

So far we haven't heard much good news following the shooting of three Southern Miss football players over the weekend.  While all three have been upgraded to fair condition, we've also found out that Martez Wilson is paralyzed from the waist down and that Tim Green cannot speak due to their wounds.

Still, there is some good news today, as the Hattiesburg police have made two arrests in connection to the shooting.
Police have arrested two people in the shootings of three University of Southern Mississippi football players and are looking for a third.

Hattiesburg Police Sgt. Allen Murray said at a news conference Tuesday that Patricia Loftin Brown and Cleothus Wilkerson, both of Bassfield, were arrested Monday night.

Murray says each has been charged with three counts of accessory after the fact of aggravated assault in the shooting of Martez Smith, Tim Green and Deddrick Jones.
The police have also issued an arrest warrant for Travis Brown of Prentiss, Mississippi on three counts of aggravated assault, which would mean he's the shooter.

All three players are still listed in fair condition at Forrest General Hospital in Hattiesburg.
Posted on: November 15, 2010 11:34 am

Illinois LB arrested for battery, suspended

Posted by Tom Fornelli

It's been a pretty frustrating last few weeks for Illinois football.  The team was at 4-4, and only had to split its final four games against beatable teams like Michigan, Minnesota, Northwestern and Fresno State to get back to a bowl game.  So far the Illini have dropped one to Michigan in triple-overtime, and just lost at home to Minnesota -- a team that had won one game and fired its head coach earlier this season.

So, it would be hard to blame anybody on the team from being upset, but even so, that doesn't mean you should go out and beat the crap out of somebody.  Which is apparently what sophomore lineback Evan Frierson did.  Frierson was arrested for aggravated battery, and has been suspended indefinitely according to a team spokesman.

Frierson has played in limited duty this season, playing in nine games, but only making six tackles.  He played more as a freshman last season while helping to fill in for Martez Wilson, who missed most of the 2009 season with a neck injury.
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