Hawk Item – – One of four redshirt freshmen named to 2020 Leadership Group . . . earned Dean’s List recognition, spring, 2021.
2021 Honors – – Team Hustle Award, defense . . . 2021 – – Started at defensive tackle in 34-6 win over #17 Indiana as defense allowed just 77 net rushing yards and 233 yards total offense . . . recorded career-best three assisted tackles vs. Indiana . . . started at defensive tackle in 27-17 win at #9 Iowa State as defense allowed just 87 net rushing yards . . . recorded one solo tackle vs. ISU, which is his first career tackle for loss . . . started at defensive tackle in 30-7 win over Kent State as defense allowed just 79 net rushing yards and 264 yards total offense . . . recorded three tackles vs. Kent State, including one solo stop and two assists . . . started at defensive tackle in 24-14 win over Colorado State as defense allowed 95 net rushing yards and 250 yards total offense . . . career-high five tackles vs. CSU, including two solo stops and three assists, with one QB sack . . . started at defensive tackle in 51-14 win at Maryland as defense allowed just 97 net rushing yards and 271 yards total offense, recording one assisted tackle . . . started at defensive tackle in 23-20 win over #4 Penn State . . . career-high seven tackles vs. PSU, including three solo stops and four assists, with a shared tackle for loss . . . started at defensive tackle in 24-7 loss to Purdue . . . four assisted tackles vs. Purdue, with one QB pressure . . . started at defensive tackle in 27-7 loss at Wisconsin . . . four tackles at Wisconsin, including three solo stops and one assist . . . started at defensive tackle in 17-12 win at Northwestern, recording one assisted tackle as defense allowed just 93 net rushing yards . . . started at defensive tackle in 27-22 win over Minnesota . . . five tackles vs. Minnesota, including two solo tackles and three assists . . . also collected one pass break-up and blocked a Minnesota field goal attempt . . . started at defensive tackle in 33-23 win over Illinois as defense allowed just 64 net rushing yards . . . four tackles vs. Illinois, including two solo stops and two assists, along with one sack . . . started at defensive tackle in 28-21 win at Nebraska . . . recorded two assisted tackles at Nebraska, along with first career fumble recovery in the fourth quarter . . . started at defensive tackle in 42-3 loss to #2 Michigan . . . three tackles vs. Michigan, including two solo tackles and one assist . . . started at defensive tackle in 20-17 Citrus Bowl loss to #22 Kentucky . . . five tackles vs. Kentucky, including one solo tackle and four assists . . . totaled 1.5 tackles for loss and one sack vs. Kentucky.
2020 – – Saw action in two games, recording one solo tackle . . . did not see action in 24-20 loss at Purdue . . . did not see action in 21-20 loss to Northwestern . . . saw first action of career in 49-7 win over Michigan State, but had no statistics as defense allowed 59 rushing yards and 286 yards total offense . . . saw action in 35-7 win at Minnesota, recording one solo tackle for first career tackle . . . did not see action in 41-21 win at Penn State . . . did not see action in 26-20 win over Nebraska . . . did not see action in 35-21 win at Illinois . . . did not see action in 28-7 win over #25 Wisconsin.
2019 – – Redshirted . . . did not seen any game action.
High school honors – – Earned unanimous all-conference honors on both offense and defense for three straight seasons . . . first-team all-state on both offense and defense as a junior . . . named to Quad City Times All-Western Illinois first team defense as a junior and senior . . . captain of All-Western Illinois team as a junior . . . Career – – Four-year football letterman as tight end and defensive end . . . holds school record for career sacks (35) . . . prep team reached state quarterfinals as junior and senior, and first round of playoffs as a sophomore . . . helped prep team post 20-4 record over final two seasons and 36-10 mark over four years . . . recorded 26 receptions for 432 yards and 10 touchdowns as a senior, with 46 tackles, 14.5 tackles for loss, and 14 sacks on defense . . . as a junior recorded 28 receptions for 505 yards and eight touchdowns, with 74 tackles, 28 tackles for loss, and 13 sacks on defense . . . sophomore totals included 11 receptions for 120 yards and three touchdowns, with 28 tackles, 10 tackles for loss and eight sacks on defense . . . collected 12 tackles, including three tackles for loss, as a freshman . . . team captain as a senior . . . also lettered in track and wrestling . . . earned wrestling state title at 220-pounds as a sophomore . . . earned wrestling state title at 285-pounds as a senior, becoming just third two-time state champion in school history.
Personal – – Born 6/12/2000 . . . health and human physiology major . . . earned high Honor Roll status as a prep . . . parents are Susan and Mitch Lee . . . high school coach was Chip Filler.