Seth Coleman is running it back in Champaign.

The Illinois linebacker took to social media on Tuesday to confirm that he is returning for the 2024 season, following Monday’s deadline to declare for the NFL Draft.

Coleman will be a sixth-year senior in 2024, using the NCAA’s COVID-19 waiver for extra eligibility. It’s a big get for Bret Bielema’s defense, bringing back one of the unit’s top contributors. A redshirt in 2019, Coleman developed into a multi-season starter.

Last season, Coleman started all 12 games for the Illini at outside linebacker. He posted the best numbers of his career with 50 tackles, including a team-leading 9 tackles for loss plus 6 sacks on the season.

Coleman was second on the team in sacks, behind only Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year Jer’Zhan Newton. All 6 sacks came away from home, making Coleman the Power 5 leader in road sacks.

Coleman earned All-Big Ten Honorable Mention recognition for the second time from conference coaches and media members in 2023. He was second in sacks in B1G conference play.

In his career, Coleman has played in 45 games for the Illini. He has a total of 130 tackles, with 20.5 for loss and 12.5 sacks. Over the past three seasons, he has accumulated 12 career passes defended.