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Illinois seeks to end losing streak

Illinois seeks to end losing streak

By Gavin Good, Staff writer

October 4, 2018


Filed under Football, Men's Sports, Sports

The Illini have not won a Big Ten football game in 693 days. The Nov. 11, 2016 victory over Michigan State came in Lovie Smith’s first season. A winless venture through Big Ten play through all of last season puts plenty of weight on the Illini as they head to Piscataway, New Jersey to play the ...

Bye week comes at ‘perfect’ time for Illini

Bye week comes at ‘perfect’ time for Illini

By Gavin Good, Staff writer

October 1, 2018


Filed under Football, Men's Sports, Sports

It’s year three of the Lovie Smith era, but the Illinois football team is in a similar position to where it was a year ago. At 2-2, the Illini are coming off their second consecutive defeat, though logistically, their results have gone differently than they went in 2017. A year ago, Illinois won i...

Press Box Bundle: Illinois vs. No. 10 Penn State

Press Box Bundle: Illinois vs. No. 10 Penn State

By Eli Schuster, Sports Editor

September 27, 2018


Filed under Football, Men's Sports, Sports

The Daily Illini Game Day Podcast: https://soundcloud.com/user-296791221/the-daily-illini-game-day-podcast-illinois-vs-no-10-penn-state Video Recap: https://youtu.be/NtSZiMSMWaA First half observations: In a game against the No. 10 team in the country, you have to take advantage of every opportun...

Martin comfortable in starting role, making history as a true freshman

Martin comfortable in starting role, making history as a true freshman

By Gavin Good, Staff writer

September 27, 2018


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

When Illinois recruited Jartavius “Quan” Martin out of Lehigh Acres, Florida, the 6-foot-1-inch, 190-pound defensive back saw something in the program: a promising opportunity of early playing time. Upon his arrival to campus, and as training camp progressed, Martin consistently took meaningful rep...

Defense disintegrates in fourth-quarter play

Defense disintegrates in fourth-quarter play

By Tatiania Perry, Staff writer

September 24, 2018


Filed under Football, Men's Sports, Sports

The Illini defense fell apart. In the fourth quarter Illinois allowed Penn State to score five touchdowns. Even with the return of previously suspended players, Carmoni Green, Lou Dorsey, Nate Hobbs and Bennett Williams, Illinois still fell 63-24. Penn State marched up and down the field with what ap...

Illinois vs. Penn State grades, game notes

Illinois vs. Penn State grades, game notes

By Gavin Good, Staff writer

September 24, 2018


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

Floundered in the fourth quarter Everything fell apart for Illinois in the second half against No. 10-ranked Penn State. The Nittany Lions steamrolled the Illini defense, posting 387 rushing yards (591 yards total), many of which came in large bursts on big plays. Penn State quarterback Trace McSorle...

Team looks to bounce back against Nittany Lions

Team looks to bounce back against Nittany Lions

By Tatiania Perry, Staff writer

September 20, 2018


Filed under Football, Men's Sports, Sports

The Illini figured out how to start strong; Now it’s about the finish. Illinois football is back for a Friday night under the lights game against undefeated No. 10 Penn State. The teams have met a total of 23 times with the Nittany Lions claiming 18 of the wins. Penn State won the last meeting 39-0 at ...

Former Illini in the NFL

Former Illini in the NFL

September 20, 2018


Filed under Football, Men's Sports, Sports

While they didn't take conventional routes to either college or professional football, Clayton Fejedelem and Geronimo Allison have both carved out success at both stops. Clayton Fejedelem After playing two seasons at National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics school Saint Xavier, Fejedelem joi...

McLaughlin off to impressive start this season

McLaughlin off to impressive start this season

By Gavin Good, Staff writer

September 20, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

Illinois has only played three games so far this season, but kicker Chase McLaughlin has used that time to make history. On Saturday at Soldier Field, the senior became the first Illinois kicker ever to make three 50-yard-plus field goals over three consecutive games. He’s tied for the lead in ...

Illinois vs. USF: Press Box Bundle

Illinois vs. USF: Press Box Bundle

By Eli Schuster, Sports Editor

September 18, 2018


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

As I begin to cover my fourth season of Illinois football, I wanted to try something new. After each Illinois game, I will be sharing what I like to call the Press Box Bundle. Here you can catch up on all the information you might have missed during The Daily Illini sports staff’s coverage of the ...

Illinois vs. USF: Grades and game notes

Illinois vs. USF: Grades and game notes

By Daily Illini Sports Desk

September 17, 2018


Filed under Football, Men's Sports

Quarterback play wasn't the problem AJ Bush was questionable heading into Saturday, after suffering a hamstring injury at the end of the first half in last week’s game. While Bush was suited up and throwing a football around during pregame, it served as  a way to play mind games with the USF coaching staff. True freshm...

Players need to retain confidence despite lows

Players need to retain confidence despite lows

By Eli Schuster, Sports Editor

September 17, 2018


Filed under Football, Men's Sports, Sports

Illini fans beware. After each game this season, I will put together something I like to call the Press Box Bundle. Typically, I share this in the days following Illinois football’s weekend matchup. It includes video footage, tweets, photos and observations. After watching the Illini find a way t...

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