Mike Zimmer
Mike Zimmer


Wheeling, Ill.

High School:
Wheeling HS

Height / Weight:
6-3 / 230




Redbirds and Panthers Meet In 2013 Mid-America Classic

The game will mark the 102nd in the series between ISU and EIU.


Four Redbirds Sign With NFL Teams After The Draft

Matt Brown, Ben Ericksen, Evan Frierson and Mike Zimmer each signed free-agent deals with NFL squads.


Redbirds Advance To FCS Quarterfinals To Face Eastern Washington

The Redbirds have advanced to the quarterfinals for the third time in school history.


Watch the Weekly Football and Volleyball Press Conference Live

The press conference will be streamed live on RedbirdHD.tv


Nationally Ranked Redbirds and Sycamores Ready For Crucial MVFC Game

The Redbirds and Sycamores will square off on CSN Chicago


Illinois State vs. Eastern Michigan Highlights

Illinois State vs. Eastern Michigan Highlights


Fall Camp Report: Linebackers

Fall Camp Report: Linebackers


Spring Camp - Defense Report

Spring Camp - Defense Report


Weekly Press Conference


Illinios State Vs. North Dakota State

November 17, 2012


MSU vs. ISU 10/20/12



Homecoming Football Game ISU vs. SIU

ISU takes on SIU at the Homecoming Football game.


Illinois State vs. Eastern Illinois

September 15, 2012


Fall Camp Practice #11 (Aug. 13, 2012)

Fall Camp Practice #11 (Aug. 13, 2012)

2012: First-Team All-Missouri Valley Football Conference selection ... finished his career tied for 13th all-time at ISU with 269 total tackles ... started all 13 games at middle linebacker ... led team with 127 tackles, including 56 solo stops ... ranked third in the MVFC with those 127 tackles ... added 4.5 sacks and 5.5 tackles-for-loss in first season playing the position ... posted six games with 10 or more tackles ... also had an interception and five pass breakups ... intercepted first career pass in a win at Eastern Michigan ... had 15 tackles and a sack in a win over Eastern Illinois ... recorded 13 tackles, a sack and 1.5 TFL in a road win at Western Illinois ... posted a career-high 17 tackles against Missouri State ... also punted twice for 36.5 yard average.

2011: Played in all 11 games and started two at weakside linebackers ... finished the season with 29 tackles, including 23 solo stops, and added a tackle-for-loss and a pass breakup ... recorded a season-best nine tackles, including eight solo stops at Youngstown State ... tallied eight tackles, including seven solo takedowns against Morehead State.

2010: Played in all 11 games, with nine starts at outside linebacker ... ranked fourth on the team with a career-high 65 tackles, 31 of which were solo stops ... also credited with a sack, 1.5 tackles-for-loss and two quarterback hurries ... had three tackles, a half TFL and recovered a fumble in the season opener against Central Missouri ... recorded 11 tackles, including seven solo stops, at Northwestern ... posted 11 tackles against No. 23 Southern Illinois ... recorded a sack and a career-high 13 tackles in a win over Youngstown State.

2009: MVFC All-Newcomer Team selection ... played in nine games, with five starting assignments, and still ranked fourth on the team with 48 tackles, including 25 solo stops ... also credited with a sack, four tackles-for-loss, a pass breakup and a quarterback hurry on the season ... tallied a career-high two tackles-for-loss against No. 15 South Dakota State ... recorded first-career sack and four tackles in a win over Western Illinois ... collected a career-high 11 tackles and a tackle-for-loss at Youngstown State ... picked off a pass and returned it 19 yards against No. 9 Northern Iowa.

Wheeling HS: A three-sport athlete that competed in football, basketball and track and field ... a 2008 All-Mid-Suburban Conference selection ... named to the Chicago Sun-Times Chicago 100 Team as a senior ... earned Rivals.com All-State honors as a senior, as well as Chicago Tribune All-State Honorable mention accolades ... selected to the Daily Herald All-Area Team in 2008 ... named the Wheeling High School team captain and team MVP senior year ... was a member of Wheeling High School's two-straight IHSA State Playoff teams, the first Wheeling football squad in school history to make the state playoffs in consecutive years ... recorded 70 tackles as a senior, along with seven defensive touchdowns ... also recruited by Illinois, Iowa, Michigan State, Northwestern, Northern Illinois, Western Michigan and South Dakota ... coached by Dave Dunbar.

Personal: Born September 23, 1990, in Prospect Heights, Ill. ... son of Brian and Cindy Zimmer ... one of four children ... major: undeclared.