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Williams, Beason make early impact

Williams, Beason make early impact

By Miles Powers-Huang, Staff Writer

August 6, 2019

One of the main factors creating optimism around the upcoming Illini football season is a new talent brought in by Lovie Smith. In particular, two freshmen — quarterback Isaiah Williams and cornerback Marquez Beason — have high expectations placed upon them. With both players coming to Champaign...

Corbin fuels Illini offense in first days of training camp

Corbin fuels Illini offense in first days of training camp

By Miles Powers-Huang, Staff Writer

August 5, 2019

Although Illinois’ offense heads into the 2019 season without any past production from its quarterbacks, senior running back Reggie Corbin is coming off a breakthrough season and is expected to continue to build on his success from 2018. Early on in camp, the tailback has not taken as many reps as the ot...

Illinois fields concerns surrounding quarterback controversy

Illinois fields concerns surrounding quarterback controversy

By JJ Kim, Assistant Sports Editor

July 19, 2019

As training camp quickly approaches, Illinois still has a big question mark at the game’s most important position.  As of July 18, head coach Lovie Smith and his staff have four competitors fighting for the starting quarterback job: Brandon Peters, Isaiah Williams, Matt Robinson and Coran Taylor. A...

Big Ten programs react to Illinois at Media Days

Big Ten programs react to Illinois at Media Days

By Miles Powers-Huang, Staff Writer

July 19, 2019

Although some Illini fans are losing patience with the Lovie Smith regime, the Illinois head coach said this year’s roster is his strongest yet, and around the conference, Illinois’ improvements haven't gone unnoticed. “(Last season) their o-line was young,” said Nebraska defensive lineman Kh...

Illini optimistic about defense in 2019

Illini optimistic about defense in 2019

By Jared Farmer, Staff Writer

July 19, 2019

A wise man once said this: "Defense wins championships." Even among bottom-rung teams, including Illinois, defense was a hot topic at this year's Big Ten Football Media Days. And after recording the poorest defensive performances in the Big Ten last season — and one of the worst in program history ...

Thomas makes professional debut with Cleveland Comets, Team Mexico

Thomas makes professional debut with Cleveland Comets, Team Mexico

By Gabby Hajduk, Staff Writer

June 3, 2019

Just weeks after finishing her collegiate softball career, former Illini Carly Thomas is preparing for a softball-filled summer with the Cleveland Comets of the National Pro Fastpitch league. The Comets are now affiliated with Team Mexico for the 2019 NPF season as they announced their new partnersh...

Illinois wraps up 20th season at NCAA Tournament

Illinois wraps up 20th season at NCAA Tournament

By Gabby Hajduk, Staff Writer

May 29, 2019

Following its second loss to No. 22 Virginia Tech Hokies in the NCAA tournament, the Illinois softball team finished its 20th season with a 33-25 record including a 9-14 conference record. Illinois was selected for the Lexington Regional, hosted by No. 14 Kentucky. After dropping their first game to ...

Illinois prospect dies in deadly party shooting

Illinois prospect dies in deadly party shooting

By Meghan Rest, Sports Editor

May 7, 2019

Fourteen-year-old football standout Jaylon McKenzie was shot and killed in the St. Louis metro area late Saturday night. McKenzie was a running back and wide receiver at the Mason-Clark Middle School in East Saint Louis and received offers to play football at the University of Illinois just five days...

Illinois quarterback Rivers enters transfer portal

Illinois quarterback Rivers enters transfer portal

By Alec Busse, Contributing Writer

May 4, 2019

Illini freshman quarterback M.J. Rivers announced via Twitter Saturday night he will be entering the transfer portal due to “personal circumstances.” “The road to your dreams often are not straight and narrow, usually they have bumps, curves, and dips,” River said in a tweet.  https://t...

Illini softball swept by Northwestern Wildcats

Illini softball swept by Northwestern Wildcats

By JJ Kim, Assistant Sports Editor

April 25, 2019

Illinois softball lost both games in its doubleheader to No. 21 Northwestern, 8-0 and 4-2. After looking to rebound off a tough weekend against Michigan, Illinois adds to its five-game losing streak. During the first matchup of the day, the Illini were shut out following a frustrating offensive pe...

Dosunmu ‘returns home’ next year

Dosunmu ‘returns home’ next year

By Miles Powers-Huang, Staff Writer

April 22, 2019

Illinois freshman Ayo Dosunmu announced on Thursday he will be returning for his sophomore campaign. Although there were overwhelming speculations he would come back and forgo the NBA draft, the decision may not have been as straight-forward as people thought. The 2019 NBA draft pool is regarded as a wea...

Home of the Braves: Illinois falls to Bradley, 8-12

Home of the Braves: Illinois falls to Bradley, 8-12

By Jake Hasan, Staff Writer

April 18, 2019

After taking the weekend series against Minnesota, the same problems that have plagued Illinois all season surfaced once again against Bradley on Tuesday. The Illini started the game with the lead, going into the top of the third inning 4-1, then swapped leads through the next frames and jumped out in...

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