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Grading Illinois’ loss to 24-17 to Minnesota

Grading Illinois’ loss to 24-17 to Minnesota

By The Daily Illini Football Staff

October 21, 2017


Filed under Football, Men's Sports, Sports

Editor’s note: The Daily Illini football writers graded each facet of the Illinois football team’s 24-17 loss to Minnesota on Saturday. The Illini coaching, offense, defense and special teams were graded. Coaching: C- Illinois did not have an extensive package for freshman quarterback Cam Th...

Minnesota breaks away late, hands Illini fifth straight loss

Minnesota breaks away late, hands Illini fifth straight loss

By Jacob Diaz, Staff writer

October 21, 2017


Filed under Football, Men's Sports, Sports

The Illini kept the score even with Minnesota well into the fourth quarter, a late collapse allowed the Golden Gophers to ended their two game losing streak with a 24-17 victory. Illinois coach Lovie Smith said during the week that he expected Minnesota to run the ball early and often, and run they...

Smalling’s confidence helping Illini through difficult season

Smalling’s confidence helping Illini through difficult season

By Mike Gasick, Staff Writer

October 18, 2017


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

The Illinois football team’s confidence is nothing like what it was after its Week 2 victory against Western Kentucky. The Illini have lost four-straight games since then to drop to 2-4. Offensive coordinator Garrick McGee said some of his players have not possessed the same confidence that some of their young...

Injuries piling up for Illini

Injuries piling up for Illini

By Jacob Diaz, Staff writer

October 17, 2017


Filed under Football, Men's Sports, Sports

If being the first team that Rutgers has defeated in their last 17 Big Ten conference games wasn't bad enough for the Illini, injuries sustained during that game have left the team noticeably thinner at a few key positions. Head coach Lovie Smith will take this week of practice to evaluate some of...

Quarterback play continues to be Illinois’ downfall

Quarterback play continues to be Illinois’ downfall

By Jacob Diaz, Staff writer

October 16, 2017


Filed under Football, Men's Sports, Photo & Video, Sports, Top Stories

Jeff George Jr. may have finished the game with 308 yards and two touchdowns, but he knew that he needed to play better. “I have to get better, obviously,” George Jr. said. “Interceptions cannot happen. I have to make better decisions and make better throws, turnovers will kill you at this level.” In...

When fading out the old guys goes too far

When fading out the old guys goes too far

By Cole Henke, Sports editor

October 16, 2017


Filed under Football, Men's Sports, Sports

When Kendrick Foster got benched earlier this season, I was surprised. The team MVP from last season not getting a single touch after the first couple of games of the season? It was weird, but I ultimately accepted it because freshman Mike Epstein was playing so well. Head coach Lovie Smith was planning...

Grading Illinois’ 35-24 loss to Rutgers

Grading Illinois’ 35-24 loss to Rutgers

By THE DAILY ILLINI SPORTS STAFF

October 14, 2017


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

Editor’s note: The Daily Illini football writers graded each facet of the Illinois football team’s 35-24 loss to Rutgers on Saturday. The Illini coaching, offense, defense and special teams were graded. Coaching: F Lovie Smith said it himself in the press conference. Everyone needs to be better, fr...

Big Ten Football Power Rankings

Big Ten Football Power Rankings

By Mike Gasick, Staff writer

October 12, 2017


Filed under Football, Men's Sports, Sports

1. Penn State (3–0 CONF, 6–0 OVR) The Nittany Lions continued to roll, and, once again, it was running back phenom Saquon Barkley leading the charge with two touchdowns against Northwestern. Penn State has shown no signs of slowing down, but they have a rough couple games coming up. Matchups against ...

Two years and four knee surgeries later, Dre Brown made it

Two years and four knee surgeries later, Dre Brown made it

By Jacob Diaz, Staff writer

October 12, 2017


Filed under Football, Men's Sports, Sports

The moment that Dre Brown stepped across the sideline onto the field at Kinnick Stadium on Saturday has been years in the making. Listed as a running back, Brown lined up on special teams for the Illini in their loss at Iowa. It may not have been how he had imagined it, but Brown will always remember ...

That was the best loss that the Illini have had all year

That was the best loss that the Illini have had all year

By Cole Henke, Sports editor

October 11, 2017


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

I feel like I have written the same thing over and over again this year: Illinois fans need to persevere through the next couple years. Then the payoff will finally come. But after the South Florida and Nebraska games, I started to have a little doubt in what I was preaching. The Illini just kept...

Coaching staff impressed with offensive line

Coaching staff impressed with offensive line

By Mike Gasick, Staff writer

October 10, 2017


Filed under Football, Men's Sports, Sports

Illinois started three true freshmen, one redshirt freshman and a junior on the offensive line against Iowa on Saturday. The Illini were able to muster 200 yards on the ground and 446 total yards. Quarterback Jeff George Jr. was also sacked only one time. The offensive line was vulnerable at times ...

Iowa Hawkeyes pull away in second half

Iowa Hawkeyes pull away in second half

By Gavin Good, Assistant sports editor

October 9, 2017


Filed under Football, Men's Sports, Sports

The Illini football team hung with Iowa in the first half at Kinnick Stadium, but the Hawkeyes pulled away in the second half for a comfortable 45-16 win. The Illini had an opportunity to go into the half with a 13-10 lead, but with the Hawkeyes' late drive halted at 4th down and five to go on t...

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