Meehan persevered through emotional and physical pain to earn All-Missouri Valley Football Conference second-team honors in 2013.
The first-team honor is the second in two seasons for Underwood.
Illinois State ends the season with a 5-6 overall record.
ISU secured its first perfect record at Hancock Stadium since 1999.
The Redbirds scored a season-high 55 points in the win over the Sycamores
Illinois State Vs. Northern Iowa on Nov. 2, 2013.
Saturday, Oct. 5 at Hancock Stadium for 2013 Homecoming
ISU takes on SIU at the Homecoming Football game.
2012 Redbird Football Spring Camp (April 5)
2013: All-Missouri Valley Football Conference Second-Team selection ... honored with the National Football Foundation Chicago Metro Chapter Mental Toughness Award following the season ... started all nine games played in at middle linebacker ... led the team with 82 total tackles and ranked fifth in the MVFC with 9.1 tackles per game, despite missing a pair of games due to illness ... added two sacks, 3.5 tackles-for-loss and two pass breakups ... also recovered a fumble and was credited with four quarterback hurries ... posted four double-digit tackle efforts, including a career-high 15-tackle effort in the season finale at Southern Illinois ... had three-straight games with 11 tackles in wins over Indiana State, South Dakota and Northern Iowa ... tallied first career sack and a career-best two TFL in a win over Abilene Christian.
2012: Played in all 13 games, mostly on special teams ... led the team with 13 special-teams tackles ... finished the season with 19 total tackles, including seven solo stops ... posted a career-best three tackles and added a half tackle-for-loss and two quarterback hurries in the season-opener against Dayton ... had a tackle and recovered a fumble against Southern Illinois ... had two tackles in the second-round playoff win at Appalachian State.
Lincoln Way East HS: Rated as a two-star recruit by Rivals.com and ESPN.com ... two-year starter for head coach Rob Zvonar ... Illinois High School Football Coaches Association (IHSFCA) Class 7A and Champaign News Gazette First Team All-State selection as a senior ... Chicago Tribune All-State Second Team selection at linebacker ... Southtown Star and Frankfort Station All-Area pick ... named the Southwest Suburban Blue Defensive Player of the Year after recording 123 tackles, 14 tackles-for-loss, three sacks, eight forced fumbles, an interception and three fumble recoveries ... returned his only interception 30 yards for a touchdown ... also blocked three punts ... led his team in tackles with 77 as a junior, which earned him Daily Herald All-Area plaudits.
Personal: Born August 10, 1993, in Chicago Heights, Ill. ... son of Mike and Lori Meehan ... has an older sister, Casey ... his father, Mike, was a tight end at Pittsburgh from 1981-84 ... high school teammate of 2012 signee Blake Winkler ... plans to major in business.