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Backup quarterbacks gain experience in spring ball

Backup quarterbacks gain experience in spring ball

Stephen Cohn, Staff writer
March 7
Filed under Football, Men's Sports, Sports, Top Stories

Illinois football’s Trenard Davis comes from a family of wide receivers. His older brother Marcus used to catch footballs at Auburn. His cousins include former Illinois wideout Desmond Cain and three-time Pro Bowler Anquan Boldin. So it should make sense when Davis — a speedy 6-foot, 195-pound sophomore — is see...

Underwhelming crowd attends Illini open spring practice

Underwhelming crowd attends Illini open spring practice

Stephen Cohn, Staff writer
March 6
Filed under Football, Men's Sports, Sports

In 2016, Illinois football’s Big Ten rival Ohio State welcomed 100,189 fans to its spring game, a national spring game attendance record. The Illini are certainly not the Buckeyes.  Almost one year to the date after Illinois Director of Athletics Josh Whitman hired former NFL head coach Lovie Smith, th...

Smith, Illinois football don’t see Unofficial as a distraction

Smith, Illinois football don’t see Unofficial as a distraction

Stephen Cohn, Staff writer
March 2
Filed under Football, Men's Sports, Sports, Top Stories

The only expenses a college-bound student-athlete may receive from a college during an unofficial visit are three tickets to a home sports event, according to NCAA recruiting guidelines. Second year Illinois football head coach Lovie Smith may be fairly new to college recruiting procedures, but he i...

Foster’s work honored in National Football Foundation’s Mental Toughness Award

Foster’s work honored in National Football Foundation’s Mental Toughness Award

Stephen Cohn, Staff writer
February 27
Filed under Football, Men's Sports, Sports

The most nerve-wracking part of Kendrick Foster finding out he had won the National Football Foundation’s Mental Toughness Award last month was learning that he would have to make a speech. “I didn’t know too much about (the award), and they said I needed to write a speech,” the Illinois senior...

Illinois football seniors excited to mentor in spring ball

Illinois football seniors excited to mentor in spring ball

Stephen Cohn, Staff writer
February 22
Filed under Football, Men's Sports, Sports, Top Stories

The second spring practice of 2017 for Illinois football began outside in Memorial Stadium but moved into the Irwin Indoor Practice Facility due to cold temperatures. As coaches began fulfilling media obligations and players funneled out of the building after practice, wide receiver Malik Turner strapped...

Illinois football’s Smith and Chance The Rapper have unlikely bond

Illinois football’s Smith and Chance The Rapper have unlikely bond

Stephen Cohn, Staff writer
February 20
Filed under Football, Men's Sports, Sports, Top Stories

Illinois head football coach Lovie Smith was raised in Big Sandy, Texas, but he has taken a liking to the state of Illinois after coaching in Chicago and Champaign. “I believe in homegrown, state of Illinois (people),” Smith said. Smith tweeted at Chicago-raised Chance The Rapper after the 23-yea...

Illinois football comfortable early on in spring practice

Illinois football comfortable early on in spring practice

Stephen Cohn, Staff writer
February 16
Filed under Football, Men's Sports, Sports, Top Stories

Sophomore quarterback Jeff George Jr. sat back in the pocket and pump faked to his right. George whipped the ball to freshman wide receiver Carmoni Green, but sophomore linebacker Justice Williams jumped the route, intercepted off the ball and returned it for a touchdown. Defensive back Stanley Green ran to Williams...

Abraham joins Illinois football coaching staff

Abraham joins Illinois football coaching staff

Stephen Cohn, Staff writer
February 15
Filed under Football, Men's Sports, Sports, Top Stories

Illinois football has added another former NFL players to its coaching staff. On Wednesday, the University announced Donnie Abraham as a defensive assistant coach, replacing linebacker coach Tim McGarigle. McGarigle left the program to become the defensive quality control coach with the Green Bay...

Five things to look for as Smith starts spring ball Tuesday

Five things to look for as Smith starts spring ball Tuesday

Stephen Cohn, Staff writer
February 13
Filed under Football, Men's Sports, Sports, Top Stories

Illinois football head coach Lovie Smith and his team will begin the first of 15 spring practices Tuesday. There are several major storylines surrounding Smith and his team entering spring ball. Here are the top five. 1. Coaching staff positions yet to be filled Linebackers coach Tim McGari...

Illinois football scheduled for another primetime game

Illinois football scheduled for another primetime game

Mike Gasick, Assistant sports editor
February 9
Filed under Football, Men's Sports, Sports, Top Stories

The Illinois football team will play another Friday night game next season. The American Atlantic Conference announced Thursday that Illinois' Sept. 15 matchup against South Florida will be played in primetime. Kickoff time has not yet been determined, but ESPN has picked up the contest. The...

Former Illinois AD Thomas appointed as Cleveland State AD

Former Illinois AD Thomas appointed as Cleveland State AD

Charlotte Carroll, Sports editor
February 8
Filed under Football, Men's Sports, Sports, Top Stories

Former Illinois athletic director Mike Thomas was appointed as Cleveland State's athletic director on Wednesday. Reports came Tuesday night that he was accepting the position, and Cleveland State made the official announcement on Wednesday afternoon. "Thomas has a tremendous record of achievement...

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