Hawk Item – – Named to 2020 Leadership Group . . . one of eight true freshmen to see action in 2019.
2019 Honors – – Academic All-Big Ten . . . 2019 – – Saw action in eight games, with four starts . . . recorded 33 tackles, including 20 solo stops and 13 assists . . . saw first action of career in 48-3 win over Middle Tennessee, recording two assisted tackles as defense allowed just 216 yards total offense . . . did not see action in 10-3 loss at #18 Michigan . . . did not see action in 17-12 loss to #9 Penn State . . . saw action in 26-20 win over Purdue as defense allowed just 33 net rushing yards . . . career-best six tackles vs. Purdue, including three solo stops and three assists . . . stasrted at outside linebacker in 20-0 win at Northwestern as defense allowed just 64 net rushing yards and 202 yards total offense . . . recorded five tackles in first career start at Northwestern, including three solo tackles and two assists, along with one tackle for loss . . . saw action in 24-22 loss at #16 Wisconsin, recording three solo tackles . . . started at outside linebacker in 23-19 win over #7 Minnesota ad defense allowed just 63 net rushing yards . . . five tackles vs. Minnesota, including four solo stops and one assist . . . started at outside linebacker in 19-10 win over Illinois, while also seeing action at safety . . . two tackles vs. Illinois, including one solo stop and one assist . . . saw action in 27-24 win at Nebraska . . . four tackles at Nebraska, including one solo stop and three assists . . . started at outside linebacker in 49-24 Holiday Bowl win over #22 USC as defense allowed just 22 net rushing yards . . . matched-career best with six tackles vs. USC, including five solo stops and one assist, with one tackle for loss.
High school honors – – Named second-team all-state as a junior after earning honorable mention recognition as a sophomore . . . first-team all-county as a junior and second team as a sophomore . . . Career – – Four-year football letterman as defensive back, wide receiver and return specialist . . . helped prep team reach state playoffs four straight years . . . four-year record of 43-8, including a 12-1 mark as a senior . . . recorded 67 tackles as a senior, with four interceptions and seven pass break-ups, while scoring four touchdowns . . . as a junior recorded 56 tackles, with four interceptions, five tackles for loss, four pass break-ups and three touchdowns . . . 49 tackles, three interceptions and four pass break-ups as a sophomore . . . one interception as a freshman . . . team captain as a junior and senior . . . also two-year track letterman.
Personal – – Born 12/7/2000 . . . kinesiology major . . . parents are Deanna and Danny Belton . . . high school coach was Matt Thompson.