Tillman is just the fourth wide receiver to win the award and the first since Jeff Gaddy in 2001
Bowl-bound Navy is looking for its first win over the Spartans in what will be the third meeting.
The Mids and Jaguars are meeting for the first time on the gridiron.
By Gary Lambrecht
Navy has won two of the last three games played in South Bend.
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At Navy: Enters the fall as Navy's starter at right defensive end after starting all 13 games there last year ... moved to defensive end from outside linebacker last spring ... coming off a solid junior campaign ... has earned one varsity letter.
2012: A starter in all 13 contests, at right end, he produced 29 tackles (18-11) on the year ... pitched in a pair of tackles against Arizona State in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl ... turned in a career-high six tackles and forced a fumble in Navy's series-record 11th-straight victory over Army ... member of the Mids' defensive unit that held Texas State scoreless for the first 42 minutes of the game ... produced a career-high four tackles and broke up a pass, the first of his career, in Navy's Senior Day victory over the Bobcats ... also registered a tackle for a loss of five yards ... after surrendering the game's first 10 points, part of a Navy defense that held Florida Atlantic scoreless for the better part of 30 minutes between the second and fourth quarters (8:57 2nd - 9:07 4th) ... registered three tackles in the win over the Owls ... turned in a tackle in Navy's road win over East Carolina ... pitched in a pair of tackles in Navy's Homecoming victory over Indiana ... turned in a pair of tackles in Navy's win over Central Michigan ... part of a defense that held the Chippewas to a season-low 221 yards (70 rush, 151 pass) and 12 first downs ... was in on three tackles in Navy's win over Air Force ... part of a defense that did not allow a touchdown in nine consecutive quarters (Penn State fourth quarter - San Jose State) ... the streak was the best by a Navy defense since 2008 when the Mids did not allow a touchdown for 10 straight quarters (fourth quarter against Notre Dame, shut out Northern Illinois, shut out Army and did not allow a first quarter point to Wake Forest) ... registered just one tackle against San Jose State ... part of a defensive unit that held VMI scoreless for the final 53-plus minutes of action ... held the Keydets to just a field goal in the opening quarter, marking the first time Navy's defense did not surrender a touchdown to its opponent since 2009 when defeating Army, 17-3 ... chipped in a pair of tackles, including a half a sack for a loss of four yards ... registered three solo tackles at Penn State and forced a fumble ... made his first-collegiate start in the Mids' opener against Notre Dame ... also a member of special teams where he returned a kickoff 17 yards against the Irish.
2011: Made his lone appearance of the year in the Mids' win over Troy.
2010: Did not see any varsity action.
High School / Personal: A 2010 graduate of Bishop Gorman High School, Palelei was a four-year football letterwinner who won a pair of state titles ... in 2007, Bishop Gorman HS turned in a 14-0 record to win the state crown and in 2009 it won another state title behind a 15-0 mark ... earned All-State (Nev.) honors as a senior, while also serving as team captain ... earned all-league honors as a sophomore and all-region mention as a junior ... high school teammate of Sam Womack, who is a junior offensive tackle at Navy ... father, Lonnie, played football at UNLV and was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers ... he played for the Steelers, Eagles, Giants and Jets over the course of six seasons and started 26 games ... son of Lonnie and Catherine Palelei ... majoring in history.