Blake Winkler
Blake Winkler


Frankfort, Ill.

High School:
Lincoln-Way East

Height / Weight:
5-11 / 190





Winkler, Perkins Selected For MVFC All-Newcomer Team

With its two selections, the Illinois State football program has had at least two players selected for the league's all-newcomer team each year since 2004.


Redbirds Drop Season-Finale at Southern Illinois, 24-17

Illinois State ends the season with a 5-6 overall record.


Illinois State Closes Out 2013 on the Road Against Southern Illinois

A win would secure ISU's fifth-consecutive winning season under head coach Brock Spack.


Redbirds Suffer 28-10 Loss at No. 1 North Dakota State

Illinois State will wrap up the regular season next Saturday at Southern Illinois looking to secure its fifth-straight winning season.


Redbirds Hit The Road to Face FCS Defending Champs and No. 1 Ranked Bison

Illinois State will look to extend its winning streak to four in a row, after three straight wins at home.


Redbird Football Season Recap 2013


WJBC Redbird Recap - ACU vs. Illinois St.

WJBC Redbird Recap - ACU vs. Illinois St.


The Next Step - Spring Camp - Episode 2

The Next Step - Spring Camp - Episode 2


The Next Step - Spring Camp - Episode 1

The Next Step - Spring Camp - Episode 1


2014 Redbird Football Spring Practice (April 15)

2014 Redbird Football Practice


2014 Redbird Football Spring Practice (March 29)

Illinois State Football 2014 Spring Practice Day 1


Illinois State Vs. South Dakota

Illinois State Vs. South Dakota on Oct. 26, 2013.


Illinois State vs. Western Illinois

Saturday, Oct. 5 at Hancock Stadium for 2013 Homecoming


Illinois State Vs. Abilene Christain

Illinois State Vs. Abilene Christain on 9/21/13

2013: Missouri Valley Football Conference All-Newcomer Team selection ... played in 10 games, with nine starts to the end the year ... completed 127-of-217 pass attempts (58.5 percent) for 1,637 yard and 12 touchdowns ... ranked fourth in the MVFC with a pass efficiency rating of 132.8 ... finished 8-for-11 with 144 yards and two touchdowns in first career game against No. 9 Eastern Illinois ... completed 20-of-29 passes for a career-high 234 yards with two touchdowns in a win over Western Illinois ... threw a career-high three touchdown passes in a win over South Dakota ... threw a career-long 73-yard touchdown pass to Cameron Meredith at Youngstown State ... completed 10 passes of over 30 yards or more.

2012: Redshirted ... named the scout team player of the year after the season.

Lincoln Way East HS: Multi-year starter for head coach Rob Zvonar ... named the Gatorade Illinois Football Player of the Year by ESPNHS ... named a Illinois High School Football Coaches Association (IHSFCA) Class 7A First-Team All-State selection ... also named an IHSFCA All-State Academic Team selection ... Chicago Tribune Second-Team All-State pick ... Chicago Sun-Times All-State Special Mention recipient ... earned conference offensive player of the year plaudits and all-area selections from the Herald-News and the Southtown Star ... completed 131-of-213 pass attempts for 2,369 yards and 30 touchdowns against just five interceptions as a senior in 2011 ... led the Griffins (10-1) to the second round of the IHSA Class 7A playoffs ... as a junior in 2010, started all 11 games and threw for 1,929 yards and 21 touchdowns with a quarterback rating of 197.0 ... named an honorable mention all-state selection as named by the Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun-Times after junior season ... also selected as an all-conference and all-area pick ... concluded his career as Lincoln Way-East's leading passer, throwing for 4,297 yards and 51 touchdowns while leading his team to a 19-3 record during junior and senior seasons.

Personal: Born September 9, 1993, in Winfield, Ill. ... son of Jade and Yvonne Winkler ... has two siblings, Austin and Logan ... his father, Jade, graduated from Illinois State in 1978 ... a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, National Honor Society, Pi Sigma Pi history honor society and Mu Alpha Theta mathematics society ... plans to major in business administration.