Hawk Item – – One of nine seniors named to 2023 Player Council… one of six juniors named to 2022 Player Council… one of four redshirt freshmen named to 2020 Leadership Group… earned Dean’s List recognition, spring, 2021, fall, 2022… only married player on the team… wife’s name is Tori.
2023 Honors – – Preseason second-team All-Big Ten by Phil Steele… preseason third-team All-Big Ten by Athlon Sports… 2023 – – Recorded four assisted tackles and the second FG block of his career in 20-13 win at Iowa State… the blocked FG stopped Iowa State’s opening drive… recorded a season-high six tackles (one solo, five assists) in 31-0 loss at Penn State… had four tackles (one solo, three assists) in season-opening 24-14 win over Utah State… recorded two solo tackles in 41-10 win over Western Michigan… started at defensive tackle in first four games.
2022 Honors – – Academic All-Big Ten… honorable mention All-Big Ten by league coaches and media… preseason second-team All-Big Ten by Athlon Sports… 2022 – – Started all 13 games at defensive tackle, totaling 48 tackles (17 solo, 31 assists), including five for a loss of 24 yards, three QB sacks for 21 yards, one QB hurry, one pass break-up, one block and one recovered fumble… posted career-high eight tackles in 10-7 loss to Iowa State (six solo, eight assists), with one tackle for loss and one QB pressure… matched career-high with eight tackles in 9-6 loss at Illinois (two solo, six assists)… posted seven tackles in 24-17 loss to Nebraska (two solo, five assists), with one tackle for loss and one pass break-up… tallied six tackles in 21-0 Music City Bowl win over Kentucky, including a career-best four solo tackles and two assists, with a shared tackle for loss.. collected six tackles in 7-3 opening win over South Dakota State, including two solo stops and four assists, including 1.5 tackles for loss and QB sacks… tallied four tackles in 24-10 win over Wisconsin(two solo, two assists), with career-best two tackles for loss and a shared QB sack… added a fumble recovery and two QB pressures against the Badgers… collected five tackles in 13-10 win at Minnesota (two solo, three assists).
2021 Honors – – Team Hustle Award, defense… 2021 – – Started all 14 games at4 defensive tackle, collecting 54 tackles (21 solo, 33 assists), including eight for a loss of 34 yards, three QB sacks for 22 yards, three QB pressures, three pass break-ups, and recovered one fumble… posted a season-high seven tackles in 23-20 win over #4 Penn State, including (three solo, four assists) with a shared tackle for loss… collected five tackles in 24-14 win over Colorado State (two solo, three assists) with one QB sack… posted five tackles in 27-22 win over Minnesota, including two solo tackles and three assists… also collected one pass break-up and blocked a Minnesota field goal attempt… posted five tackles in 20-17 Citrus Bowl loss to #22 Kentucky, including one solo tackle and four assists… totaled 1.5 tackles for loss and one sack vs. Kentucky… recorded two assisted tackles in 28-21 win at Nebraska, along with first career fumble recovery in the fourth quarter… recorded one solo tackle in 27-17 win at #9 Iowa State, which is his first career tackle for loss.
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… recorded one solo tackle for first career tackle in 35-7 win at Minnesota… saw first action of career in 49-7 win over Michigan State, but had no statistics.
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.