With football season fast approaching, here are some of the names and faces you’ll be seeing on the field.
Brock Spack: Head Coach
Spack was named the 20th head coach in Illinois State football history prior to the 2009 season opening. Spack led the team through four-straight winning seasons and an appearance in the FCS playoffs quarterfinals. He came to ISU from a 12-season career as the defensive coordinator at Purdue, where he took the Boilermakers to the top-ranked defense in the Big Ten in 2002. He also worked as the defensive coordinator at Wyoming in 1995 and 1996. Spack graduated from Purdue with a bachelor’s degree in social studies and earned his master’s degree in physical education from Eastern Illinois. Spack is originally from Rockford, Ill., and currently resides with his family in Bloomington.
Tre Roberson: Junior Quarterback
2013: Transfered from Indiana where he completed 83-138 for 1,128 yards with 15 touchdowns, four interceptions and a 158.9 pass efficiency rating. His pass efficiency mark was second in the Big Ten. Roberson’s completion percentage (60.1%) was ranked sixth on IU’s single season list. Roberson was born in Indianapolis, Ind., and attended Lawrence Central High School.
Blake Winkler: Sophomore Quarterback
2013: Winkler was named an MVFC All-Newcomer Team selection and played in 10 games with nine starts. He completed 127—217 pass attempts ( 58.5%) for 1,637 yards and 12 touchdowns. Winkler was ranked fourth in the MVFC with pass efficiency rating of 132.8. Winkler is originally from Winfield Ill., where he attended Lincoln Way East High School. His father Jade graduated from Illinois State in 1978.
Anthony Warrum: Sophomore Wide Receiver
2013: Warrum played in all 11 games with one start and served as the primary punt returner, averaging 8.8 yards per return on 18 punt return events. He became the first Redbird to return a punt for a touchdown since Tom Nelson in 2008 after returning a punt 62 yards just before halftime against Abilene Christian. Warrum is originally from Indianapolis, Ind., where he attended Heritage Christian High School.
Scott Kuehn: Senior Wide Receiver
2013: Kuehn played in all 11 games and finished the year with three catches for 74 yards with a touchdown. He caught his first career pass, a 16 yard reception, at Eastern Illinois and his first career touchdown, a 35 yard reception, in a win over South Dakota. Kuehn is originally from Chicago, Ill., and attended Waubonsie Valley High School.
James O’Shaughnessy: Senior Tight End
2013: O’Shaughnessy started 10 of 11 games and ranked fouth on the team with 14 receptions that resulted in 147 yards, averaging 10.5 yards per catch. He caught a career-high five passes for 57 yards in season opener at Ball State.
2012: O’Shaughnessy started all 13 games for ISU, allowing only 14 sacks all season. He was ranked 14 in the country. O’Shaughnessy was named an MVFC All-Newcomer Team selection and selected to the College Sports Journal All-Freshman Team. He is originally from Naperville Ill., and went to Naperville North High School.
George Moreira: Freshman Running Back
Moreira attended John Curtis High School and is originally from Loma Linda, Calif. He was a four-year varsity player and was listed as a three-star recruit by ESPN.com and as a two-star recruit by Rivals.com. Moreira finished his career with 1,923 rushing yards on 197 carries and helped his team to its third consecutive state championship.
Pat Meehan: Junior Linebacker
2013: Meehan was named as an All-MVFC Second-Team selection, and honored with the National Football Foundation Chicago Metro Chapter Mental Toughness Award. He started nine games and led the team with 82 total tackles. Meehan was ranked fifth in the MVFC with 9.1 tackles per game. He is originally from Chicago Heights, Ill., where he attended Lincoln-Way East High School with Blake Winkler.