Cal McCarthy
Cal McCarthy


Shorewood, Ill.

High School:

Height / Weight:
6-2 / 285




Eleven Redbirds Earn MVFC Academic Excellence Award

Illinois State won nine games in 2012.


Three Redbirds Named First-Team All-MVFC

A total of 13 Redbird football players were recognized in the annual all-conference voting.


No. 14 ISU Hosts No. 4 UNI on Senior Day

The Redbirds will be looking to finish the regular season undefeated at home.


Weekly Press Conferences Streaming Live Tuesday

ISU football head coach Brock Spack and volleyball head coach Melissa Myers will preview their teams' upcoming games this weekend.


McCarthy Named MVFC Offensive Lineman of the Week

The ISU senior center graded out at 92 percent and had eight knockdowns last Saturday against Western Illinois.


Weekly Press Conference


Weekly Press Conference


Redbird Xtra | Offensive Line features a positional breakdown of the offensive line during the 2010 Redbird football fall camp.


Redbird Xtra | Defensive Line features a positional breakdown of the defensive line during the 2010 Redbird football fall camp.

2011: Named a First-Team All-MVFC selection at center ... started all 11 games at center ... leader of the offensive line unit that has helped ISU rush for 183.4 yards per game, up from 131 yards per game last year ... anchor of the unit that has allowed just six sacks on the season, which ranked the group No. 4 in the country in fewest sacks allowed ... helped Ashton Leggett become the first Redbird running back to rush for over 1,000 yards since 2006 ... named MVFC Offensive Lineman of the Week after he graded out at 92 percent and had eight knock downs while helping the team rush for 273 yards rushing in a win over Western Illinois ... 2011 pre-season All-MVFC selection.

2010: All-Missouri Valley Football Conference Second Team selection ...started all 11 games at center, after missing the whole spring to due to recovery from knee surgery ... anchored an offensive line that helped ISU post 4,279 yards on the season, the eighth-best single season mark in school history ... ISU was second-best passing offense in the conference ... helped Ashton Leggett and Erik Smith each rush for over 100 yards and ISU post a season-high 287 yards rushing against No. 14 North Dakota State ... graded out at over 90 percent, was credited with seven knockdowns and helped the Redbirds amass 488 yards of total offense against Youngstown State ... named MVFC Offensive Lineman of the Week for that performance against the Penguins.

2009: Started nine contests at center, before suffering a season-ending knee injury against Western Illinois ... vital part of the leading passing offense in the conference at 246.4 yards per game ... helped Cliffton Gordon rush for back-to-back 100+ yard games in victories against Missouri State and Western Illinois ... led the way for redshirt freshman quarterback Matt Brown, who set new freshman records for completions (226) and yards (2,369) on way to being named the MVFC Freshman of the Year.

2008: Saw action in one game (at Indiana State).

2007: Redshirted.

Minooka HS: A first-team all-conference selection ... also earned honorable mention all-state honors by the Illinois High School Association (IHSA) Football Coaches Association ... coached by Bert Kooi ... lettered in both football and wrestling ... posted a 39-6 wrestling record as a senior, while qualifying for state and winning the sectional championship ... member of the honor roll.

Personal: Born August 1, 1989, in Evanston, Ill. ... son of Tim and Beth McCarthy ... older of two children ... his father, Tim, played football at Illinois State from 1981-84 ... major: business administration.