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Ted Karras





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2016 Season


Ted Karras was drafted by the New England Patriots in the sixth round (221st overall) of the 2016 NFL Draft. 


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Ted Karras was drafted by the New England Patriots in the sixth round (221st overall) of the 2016 NFL Draft.


2016 (16/1, 3/0)

  • Started at right guard in his NFL debut and the season-opening night win at Arizona (9/11). 
  • Rotated in at right guard with Shaq Mason in the win vs. Miami (9/18). 
  • Saw action on special teams in the win vs. Houston (9/22). 
  • Saw action on the Patriots lone field goal attempt vs. Buffalo (10/2). 
  • Saw limited action on special teams in the win at Cleveland (10/9) 
  • Played on extra point and field goal plays vs. Cincinnati (10/16). 
  • Saw limited action on special teams in the win at Pittsburgh (10/23). 
  • Played mostly on special teams with limited offensive snaps in the win at Bufflao (10/30). 
  • Saw limited action on special teams vs. Seattle (11/13), at San Francisco (11/20), at N.Y. Jets (11/27), vs. Los Angeles (12/4), vs. Baltimore (12/12) and at Denver (12/18). 
  • Saw action on special teams and limited action on offense in the win vs. N.Y. Jets (12/24). 
  • Saw limited action on offense and on special teams in the win at Miami (1/1). 
  • Made his NFL postseason debut in the Divisional Round victory vs. Houston (1/14). 
  • Played on special teams in the AFC Championship game vs. Pittsburgh (1/22) as well as in the Super Bowl LI victory over Atlanta (2/5).


  • Made 43 career starts along the offensive line at Illinois.
  • Was a two-time All-Big Ten honoree: third team in 2015, honorable mention in 2014.
  • Was a three-time Academic All-big Ten selection (2012, 2014 & 2015).
  • Was a team captain as a senior in 2015 and was the team's Illini Warrior Effort Award winner.


2015 - Senior Year:

  • Named All-Big Ten third team by the media and All-Big Ten honorable mention by the coaches
  • Was a 2015 team  captain.
  • Started all 12 games at right guard, one of five offensive linemen to start all 12 games.
  • Played 88.6% of snaps during the regular season and helped the Illini allow just 20 sacks against (1.67 per game).
  • Illini Warrior Effort Award winner

2014 - Junior Year:

  • Named Honorable mention All-Big Ten and Academic All-Big Ten honoree
  • Started the first nine games of the season and played 556 snaps at right guard to help Illinois reach the Zaxby's Heart of Dallas Bowl.
  • Suffered a knee injury at Ohio State and missed the last four games of the season.

2013 - Sophomore Year:

  • Played at right guard in every game but the season-opener against SIU, which he missed due to injury, starting 10 games.
  • Earned Illinois Point Award as top Offensive Lineman at annual postseason banquet.
  • Helped the Illini offense roll up 601 total yards and 289 rushing yards against Miami (Ohio) and 612 yards at Indiana, just the second time in school history an Illini team put up 600 or more yards twice in the same season.

2012 - Redshirt Freshman Year

  • Started at right guard in all 12 games and was an Academic All - Big Ten honoree.
  • Made first career start and played every offensive snap in season-opening win over Western Michigan.

2011 - Freshman Year

  • Redshirted the 2011 season.


  • Earned bachelor's degree in communication from Illinois in December 2014 and was enrolled in the recreation, sport and tourism master's program.
  • Ted Karras became the seventh member of his family to play football in the Big Ten, including his great - uncle, Alex Karras, who won the Outland Trophy as a defensive tackle at Iowa and was named to the Pro Bowl four times in the NFL with the Detroit Lions before going into acting, including a starring role in the 1980s sitcom "Webster".
    • Grandfather, Ted Karras, played defensive tackle at Indiana and five of his nine seasons in the NFL with the Chicago Bears, helping Bears to 1963 World Championship.
    • Father, Ted Karras Jr. (now the coach at Walsh University), was a defensive tackle at Northwestern and played briefly with the Washington Redskins.
    • Great-uncle, Paul Karras, played at Iowa; great-uncle, Lou Karras, played at Purdue and three seasons with the Washington Redskins; uncle, Tony Karras, played at Northwestern.


Career Stats


Recent Games

17@MIAW 35-14
16NYJW 41-3
15@DENW 16-3
14BALW 30-23
13LAW 26-10
12@NYJW 22-17
11@SFW 30-17
10SEAL 24-31
8@BUFW 41-25
7@PITW 27-16
6CINW 35-17
5@CLEW 33-13
4BUFL 0-16
3HOUW 27-0
2MIAW 31-24
1@ARIW 23-21
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