Illinois wide receiver Mike Dudek won’t suit up for the Illini this season


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Illinois’ Mike Dudek (18) runs the ball during the game against Purdue at Memorial Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014. The Illini lost 38-27.

By Joey Figueroa, Staff Writer

Illinois wide receiver Mike Dudek will not suit up for the Illini this season.

After tearing his right ACL for the second consecutive spring, Dudek will be shut down until the beginning of next season.

Famous physician Dr. James Andrews, who has worked with the likes of Robert Griffin, Drew Brees and Adrian Peterson, performed Dudek’s season-ending surgery in April.

“I don’t think at this point it would be worth it,” offensive coordinator Garrick McGee said. “We want to keep him healthy and we’re in the process of building us a program. A healthy Mikey with Malik (Turner) coming back, with Desmond (Cain), with the recruits we’re gonna bring in — could be a really talented crew.”

Dudek hasn’t played since his freshman season, during which he compiled 76 catches and 1,038 receiving yards, which were each good for tops in the Big Ten.

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    According to, Dudek’s father, Rick Dudek, confirmed Monday that the former Freshman all-American won’t attempt a comeback this season.

    “I don’t know that we would take a risk with Mikey right now,” McGee continued. “We just want him to be healthy going into next season.”

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