Hawk Item – – One of eight true freshmen to see action in 2019, but played in just one game and used redshirt season . . . joined team as a walk-on in fall, 2019.
2020 – – Saw action on special teams in 24-20 loss at Purdue . . . saw action on special teams in 21-20 loss to Northwestern . . . saw action in 49-7 win over Michigan State as offense rushed for 226 yards and gained 405 yards total offense . . . saw action in 35-7 win at Minnesota as offense rushed for 235 yards . . . saw action on special teams in 41-21 win at Penn State . . . saw action in 26-20 win over Nebraska . . . saw action in 35-21 win at Illinois as offense gained 424 yards total offense . . . did not see action in 28-7 win over #25 Wisconsin.
2019 – – Saw first action of career in 48-3 win over Middle Tennessee as offense gained 466 yards total offense . . . did not see any further game action.
High school honors – – Earned first-team all-state honors as a senior . . . honorable mention all-state as a junior . . . first-team all-district as a junior and senior . . . Career – – Three-year football letterman as defensive end and tight end . . . helped prep team post three year record of 32-4, including perfect 13-0 mark as a sophomore . . . prep team won state title as a sophomore, finished second as a junior and reached state playoffs as a senior . . . recorded 25 tackles on defense and had 73 receiving yards as a senior . . . 26.5 tackles and 62 receiving yards as a junior . . . team captain as a senior . . . also lettered in basketball and track.
Personal – – Born 6/10/2000 . . . sport and recreation management major . . . earned academic all-conference honors two years . . . parents are Stephanie and Mike DeJong . . . high school coach was Jay McKinstrey.