Auburn grad Lowe named honorable mention All-Big 10

Auburn graduate Vederian Lowe earned his secon postseason award at the University of Illinois by being named an honorable mention All-Big 10 offensive lineman.

Lowe finished his fourth season as a starter for the Illini. He has played in 40 of his 44 career games for Illinois, starting 39, the last 33 in a row. At 6-6, 320-pounds, he has the size NFL teams look for in lineman, but the NCAA granted an extra year of eligibility to all players this year and Lowe hasn’t announced yet if he’ll return to Illinois or test the the NFL waters.

No matter his decision, Lowe already has accomplished enough to be on the short list of greatest football players to come out of Rockford Public Schools.

At Auburn, he was a first-team All-NIC-10 offensive lineman in 2015 and 2016 for the back-to-back conference champion Knights. Those teams were the first RPS teams to win the football conference title since 1985.

He became the first District 205 player to become entrenched as a starter at Illinois since Marshall Starks of West and Ron Fearn of East were multi-year starters and captains in Champaign in the late 1950s and early 1960s.

Lowe has been in the news a lot lately, as much for his maturity as for his playing ability. On Dec. 11, WTVO-17 did a story about Lowe becoming guardian of his half-brother while at Illinois and the Rockford Register Star’s Jay Taft did a podcast with Vederian about navigating the coronavirus protocols while playing football


Posted on 12.16.20