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Kendrick Green commits to Illinois football

Kendrick Green commits to Illinois football

Daily Illini Sports Staff Report
December 22, 2016
Filed under Football, Men's Sports, Showcase, Sports, Top Stories

Lovie Smith and the Illinois football coaching staff landed another highly touted in-state recruit Thursday night. Defensive tackle Kendrick Green of Peoria committed to the Illini on Twitter over schools like Iowa, Minnesota and Indiana. Scout.com ranks Green as a four-star recruit. It's a wr... Read more »

Illinois football lands three-star commit

Illinois football lands three-star commit

The Daily Illini sports staff
December 19, 2016
Filed under Football, Men's Sports, Sports, Top Stories

Illinois football head coach Lovie Smith has landed another class of 2017 commit Monday. Three-star offensive guard Howard Watkins announced him commitment over Twitter.   So blessed to say I'm committed to The University of Illinois. 🔷🔸🔶🔹 #I-L-L #WeWillWin #Lo... Read more »

Illini look to the future after a lackluster 3-9 season

Illini look to the future after a lackluster 3-9 season

Joey Figueroa, Staff writer
December 12, 2016
Filed under Football, Men's Sports, Sports, Top Stories

The 2016 season was bookended by exciting arrivals and emotional farewells for the Illinois football team. It was a year of passage that will likely be remembered for its behind-the-scenes transitions rather than what occurred on the field. Of course, the main story was Lovie Smith’s grand uphea... Read more »

Illinois football represented on all-Big Ten teams

Illinois football represented on all-Big Ten teams

Joey Figueroa, Staff writer
December 8, 2016
Filed under Football, Men's Sports, Sports

By JOEY FIGUEROA staff writer Six Illinois football players were named to All-Big Ten teams at the conclusion of the 2016 season. Senior pass rushers Carroll Phillips and Dawuane Smoot were named to the first and third defensive All-Big Ten teams, respectively. Other representatives from the defen... Read more »

Breaking down the College Football Playoff Picture

Breaking down the College Football Playoff Picture

Dan Escalona, Columnist
December 7, 2016
Filed under Columns, Football, Men's Sports, Sports, Top Stories

Late Saturday night, after Penn State pulled off an improbable victory in the Big Ten championship game, distant echoes of protests that the Nittany Lions deserved a playoff spot could be heard — and that denying the conference champion that had beat the second-best team in the country would be some so... Read more »

Illinois football adds quarterback for 2017 season

Illinois football adds quarterback for 2017 season

Mike Gasick, Assistant sports editor
December 5, 2016
Filed under Football, Men's Sports, Sports, Top Stories

Illinois football received a commitment Monday from Virginia Tech transfer Dwayne Lawson. He annouced his comittment over Twitter. Proud to say Imma be marching out with these boys next fall to Memorial stadium ‼️🔥💯 pic.twitter.com/rg8O1Whxax — Dwayne Lawson (@dlaw95) December 6, 201... Read more »

Big Ten bowl breakdown

December 5, 2016
Filed under Football, Sports

Illinois might not have made a bowl game, but 10 other Big Ten teams are bowl bound, including Ohio State, who will make an appearance in the College Football Playoff. The CFP was quite the race, but Wisconsin's loss Saturday to Penn State in the Big Ten Championship made the decision easier for the... Read more »

Illinois football’s Lunt selected for East-West Shrine game

Illinois football’s Lunt selected for East-West Shrine game

The Daily Illini sports staff
December 5, 2016
Filed under Football, Men's Sports, Sports

Illinois football's Wes Lunt accepted an invitation to play in the East-West Shrine Game. The senior quarterback finished his Illini career Nov. 26 with a loss against Northwestern. During Lunt's time, the Illinois football program went through a tumultuous period. He had three different head coach... Read more »

Illinois wide reciever Cain announces decision to transfer

Illinois wide reciever Cain announces decision to transfer

Joey Figueroa, Staff writer
December 1, 2016
Filed under Football, Men's Sports, Sports

Desmond Cain is no longer an Illini. The sophomore wide receiver took to Twitter on Thursday to announce his decision to transfer and use his final two years of eligibility at another program closer to home. His message on Twitter was as follows: “After talking it over with my family it’s best to move closer home to fini... Read more »

Lunt may be graduating from Illinois, but he knows he can always come home

Lunt may be graduating from Illinois, but he knows he can always come home

Cole Henke, Staff writer
December 1, 2016
Filed under Football, Men's Sports, Sports, Top Stories

The first time Wes Lunt played football at Memorial Stadium was during his junior year of high school. He stepped off the bus with his fellow Rochester Rockets and walked into a stadium he had been to countless times as a fan, but never as a player. That was the start of a long, crazy ride for Lunt in M... Read more »

Penn State, Ohio State and the limits of the College Football Playoff

Penn State, Ohio State and the limits of the College Football Playoff

Dan Escalona, Columnist
November 30, 2016
Filed under Columns, Football, Men's Sports, Sports

With just days to go before the final unveiling of college football’s top four, the usually unnerving and unpredictable sport is promising one last bit of wildness. College football’s final regular season weekend is shaping up to be one of potentially nightmarish proportions for the College Footb... Read more »

Illinois football defense features two Hendricks Award finalists

Illinois football defense features two Hendricks Award finalists

The Daily Illini sports staff
November 29, 2016
Filed under Football, Men's Sports, Sports

Not one, but two Illinois defensive ends have been named to the Hendricks Award final ballot. Seniors Dawuane Smoot and Carroll Phillips are two of the 27 defensive ends who have been put on the final watch list for the award that goes to the top defensive end in the country each year. Smoot and... Read more »