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Illini “Quarterback Controversy” is a non-story

Illini “Quarterback Controversy” is a non-story

Cole Henke, Sports editor

September 25, 2017


Filed under Football, Men's Sports, Sports

As soon as Lovie Smith subbed Chayce Crouch out late in the game against South Florida, I knew what was coming. All the signs of a manufactured quarterback controversy were there. The starter hadn’t been playing his best, and the backup was coming in to play a ton of garbage time minutes and would...

Dual-threat quarterbacks finding the flaws in the Illini defense

Dual-threat quarterbacks finding the flaws in the Illini defense

Jacob Diaz, Staff writer

September 25, 2017


Filed under Football, Men's Sports, Sports

Three weeks into the season, the Illinois defense has looked completely different each time they've hit the field. During week one against Ball State, the Illini struggled to contain the Redbird's offense on third-and-long, allowing quarterback Riley Neal to extend drives and keep the Illini offense...

Breaking down the first half of the Illini’s Big Ten Schedule

Breaking down the first half of the Illini’s Big Ten Schedule

September 21, 2017


Filed under Football, Men's Sports, Sports

When I made my predictions for the Illinois football season before week one, I had the Illini going 2-10, with their only wins against Ball State and Rutgers. That was when I could only make predictions about where the Illini – and everybody else — were as a team. Now, three games into the ...

Q&A: Former Illinois football player J Leman

Q&A: Former Illinois football player J Leman

September 20, 2017


Filed under Football, Men's Sports, Sports, Top Stories

Editors Note: Three members of Illini Drive — a sports talk show on WPGU 107.1 FM — spoke with former Illinois linebacker and current Big Ten Network analyst Jeremy Leman. Leman was a First-Team All-American in 2007, and a two-time All-Big Ten player as voted on by the media. During his senio...

Big Ten play will not change Illinois’ preparation

Big Ten play will not change Illinois’ preparation

Mike Gasick, Staff writer

September 20, 2017


Filed under Football, Men's Sports, Sports

The University of South Florida exposed a lot of faults in its win over Illinois last weekend, but the Illini are not wavering as they get ready to begin Big Ten play against Nebraska next week. The Illini gave credit to the Bulls’ offense, admitting they were overmatched at some points during last F...

Quarterback DiNovo joins Illini in odd transfer

Quarterback DiNovo joins Illini in odd transfer

Jacob Diaz, Staff writer

September 20, 2017


Filed under Football, Men's Sports, Sports

After a 24-point loss against South Florida, the Illinois football team boarded the plane to leave Tampa Bay without much to show for its time. But by the time the Illini hit the practice field this week, it was clear that head coach Lovie Smith had not left his second home empty-handed. Quarterback...

Stats from Illinois football’s loss to South Florida

Stats from Illinois football’s loss to South Florida

Gavin Good, Assistant sports editor

September 18, 2017


Filed under Football, Men's Sports, Sports

Penalties Not surprisingly, with South Florida coming off a long layover due to its matchup against Connecticut being postponed and Illinois being a youthful team in its first road test, penalties played a prominent role in Friday's game. The Illini and the Bulls were penalized a whopping 31 times. F...

Grading Illinois Football’s loss to USF

Grading Illinois Football’s loss to USF

Jacob Diaz, Staff writer

September 18, 2017


Filed under Football, Men's Sports, Sports

Offense: D- The Illini may have finished with 23 points, but don't be fooled, it was another poor showing for the Illini on offense. Chayce Crouch went 8-18 for just 76 yards and a bad interception before Smith pulled him for Jeff George Jr. early in the third quarter. Mike Epstein impressed again in...

Illinois defense brought back down to Earth, and that is good

Illinois defense brought back down to Earth, and that is good

Cole Henke, Sports editor

September 18, 2017


Filed under Football, Men's Sports, Sports

When a program is going through a long-term rebuild like Illinois is, it is easy for fans to get too eager and think the end is closer than it really is. The first two weeks of this season were the perfect example of this. Illinois came into its game against Ball State, played a ton of freshmen and ...

Illinois looks for 3-0 start against dual-threat quarterback

Illinois looks for 3-0 start against dual-threat quarterback

Mike Gasick, Staff writer

September 15, 2017


Filed under Football, Men's Sports, Sports

South Florida quarterback Quinton Flowers can run. He has demonstrated over the majority of his college career that he is not a one-dimensional quarterback. The senior compiled more rush attempts than passes in a limited role during his freshman campaign. Flowers then started his sophomore season for the Bul...

Illini of the Week: Bobby Roundtree

Illini of the Week: Bobby Roundtree

Jacob Diaz, Staff writer

September 14, 2017


Filed under Football, Illini of the Week, Men's Sports, Sports, Top Stories

Bobby Roundtree isn't very comfortable with the media yet. The 6-foot-5, 245 lb. true freshman defensive end is very polite, always calling everyone sir, a little shy and speaks slowly because he is very careful of what he wants to say. For someone with such a physical presence, his demeanor during...

Dorsey looking to make impact on freshmen-heavy offensive line

Dorsey looking to make impact on freshmen-heavy offensive line

Mike Gasick, Staff writer

September 14, 2017


Filed under Football, Men's Sports, Sports, Top Stories

Tight end Nate Echard was forced to exit Saturday’s game with what head coach Lovie Smith called “a serious knee injury.” Echard was voted a weekly captain for the team’s opening game against Ball State. The senior played in all 12 games last season and was used as a primary run-blocker. B...

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