49 Anthony Antonacci
Moved from defensive end to fullback during the spring of 2008.
2007: Appeared in three games on special teams before injuring his knee vs. Eastern Michigan (9-15).
2006: Played in 10 contests, including the bowl game. Totaled four tackles, two for loss, with one sack and one fumble recovery on the season. Made collegiate debut against Ohio (9-9). Registered his first collegiate sack and recovered fumble in a three-tackle performance vs. Indiana State (9-23). Credited with a tackle for loss vs. TCU in the Poinsettia Bowl (12-19).
High School: Served as team captain, won the team Best Defensive Lineman Award, and Most Influential Teammate Award. Named first team All-Upstate Eight Conference and loop Defensive MVP, first team Daily Herald DuPage County All-Area, special mention Chicago Sun-Times All-Area, Special Mention Chicago Tribune All-State, and first team Illinois High School Football Coaches Association Academic All-State as a senior. Owns school career records with 17.5 career sacks and 37 tackles for loss. Totaled 54 tackles, 12 for loss, five sacks and three blocked kicks on 8-2 conference co-champ and Class 8A playoff qualifier during senior year. Entered senior campaign on Chicago Sun-Times and Chicago Tribune Top 100 Area Players lists. First team All-UEC and first team Daily Herald DuPage County All-Area as junior. Set school records with 21 tackles for loss and 10 sacks while totaling 83 tackles and three fumble recoveries on 7-3 playoff qualifier during junior season. Had five TFL in playoff game as a junior. Made 21 stops and collected 2.5 sacks on school's first state playoff squad as a sophomore. Three-year Upstate Eight Conference All-Academic pick. Recruited by Toledo and Western Michigan.
Personal: Born Sept. 12, 1986. Biology major. Victory Scholar who owns a 3.85 cumulative GPA. Son of Rich and Phyllis Antonacci. Admires Dick Butkus and Julius Peppers. Father, Rich Antonacci, lettered as offensive tackle at Illinois in 1977 when Joe Novak served on the Fighting Illini staff.
ANTONACCI'S CAREER STATISTICS
ANTONACCI'S CAREER GAME HIGHS
Tackles: 3, vs. Indiana State, 9-23-06
TFLs: 1, twice, last vs. TCU (Poinsettia Bowl), 12-19-06
Sacks: 1, vs. Indiana State, 9-23-06