Nathan Wallick ’07 of Washburn, Ill., has a passion for athletics, highlighted by his successful career as a Big Blue running back from 2003-07. Captain of the football team in 2007, he was named most valuable player during his sophomore, junior and senior years, and cited as most improved player during his freshman season. His record for career rushing yards (4,595) by a Big Blue player still stands. He also owns all the MU records for rush attempts – 940 for his career, 298 for a season (2005) and 47 in a game (2005) – and scored 39 career rushing touchdowns. Wallick holds the second- (1,495 yards) and fourth-place (1,251 yards) spots for best rushing performance in a season, and is No. 8 (217 yards) and No. 10 (213 yards) in rushing performance in a game.
Wallick also made his mark in the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin (CCIW) record book, where his career rushing total of 4,595 yards holds fourth place. He was All-CCIW First Team in his sophomore, junior and senior years and was named to the All-Conference Second Team as a freshman. In 2004, he was named to the Football Gazette All-Region First Team, and received honorable mention in both 2005 and 2006. He was also Third Team All-Region and a CCIW Player of the Week in 2004, and D3Football.com All-Region Second Team in 2006.
Wallick earned a bachelor’s degree in exercise science at Millikin and has remained interested in athletics since graduating. His current hobbies include hunting, fishing, skiing and watersports. A Peoria firefighter and EMT, he is also a U.S. Coast Guard certified captain and owner of Peoria Carp Hunters, an aerial bow fishing charter for jumping Asian carp on the Illinois River. He and his wife, Sally, have a son, Gage, 2, and a daughter, Charlee, two months.
Published in the 2015 Homecoming program.