Walter Mendenhall
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Walter Mendenhall

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Skokie, Ill.

High School:
Niles West

Last College:
Illinois

Height / Weight:
6-0 / 225

Position:
TB

Experience:
TR

Illinois 2007: Returned a kickoff for 12 yards against Western Illinois ... played in the season opener against Missouri but did not record any statistics ... finished the season with 57 yards rushing on four carries.

Illinois 2006: Played in eight games, primarily on special teams ... logged five snaps at running back ... had two carries for five yards in the season opener against Eastern Illinois ... also recorded two special teams tackles ... Academic All-Big Ten selection.

Illinois 2005: Played in 10 games on special teams and five at linebacker ... had nine tackles on the season, including a career-best four against Michigan State when he played 16 snaps versus the Spartans ... forced a fumble against San Jose State ... moved from tailback to linebacker during 2005 spring practices ... earned Academic All-Big Ten honors.

Illinois 2004: Redshirted ... named the team's Offensive Scout Team Player of the Year.

Niles West HS: Averaged 7.7 yards per carry as a senior at Niles West, rushing for 1,158 yards on 151 attempts for 14 touchdowns ... PrepStar All-Region selection ... SuperPrep All-Region ... also caught 10 passes for 189 yards and recorded 38 tackles and two interceptions ... finished his career with over 3,600 all-purpose yards ... named a Champaign News-Gazette All-State special mention ... two-time Pioneer Press All-Area selection ... scored 15 touchdowns, while rushing for 1,250 yards as a junior ... earned Central Suburban League Offensive MVP as a junior ... Learner Press Player of the Year in 2003 ... named to the Prep Football Report All-Area team ... earned a combined 10 letters in football, basketball and track ... two-time state qualifier in track ... coached by Mark Egofske ... earned academic all-conference honors with a 3.2 GPA in high school ... honor roll student.

Data: Born 1-22-86 in Chicago ... son of Walter and Sibyl Mendenhall ... younger brother, Rashard, also played at Illinois and currently plays for the Pittsburgh Steelers ... received a bachelor's degree in sociology from Illinois in May 2008 ... pursuing a master's degree in history.

CAREER STATISTICS

Avg.

YEAR G-GS Rush Yards TD Long
2007 - Illinois 13-0 4 57 14.3 0 30
2006 - Illinois 8-0 2 5 2.5 0 6
TOTAL 21-0 6 62 10.3 0 30

CAREER SINGLE-GAME HIGHS
Rushing Attempts: 4 at Minnesota, 11-3-07
Rushing Yards: 57 at Minnesota, 11-3-07
Longest Rush: 30 at Minnesota, 11-3-07
Touchdowns: None