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Statue set to honor Dick Butkus

Statue set to honor Dick Butkus

By The Daily Illini Staff Report

November 23, 2017


Filed under Campus, Football, Men's Sports, News

Illini football legend Dick Butkus will join legend Red Grange in memorialization with a new statue being erected in his honor. Director of Athletics Josh Whitman announced the plans for the statue at a Nov. 20 news conference.  “When you think about the University of Illinois and the Fighting Illini Athletic...

Illinois can be like Ohio State

Illinois can be like Ohio State

By Orri Benatar, Contributing writer

November 20, 2017


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

If you've listened to Illini Drive, you probably know that I was born in Columbus, Ohio. More specifically, I was born at The Ohio State University hospital just a mile away from Ohio Stadium. Throughout my first 18 years before enrolling at Illinois, I bled scarlet and gray. Every Saturday, the ci...

Illini face a tall task in Ohio State

Illini face a tall task in Ohio State

By Jacob Diaz, Staff writer

November 18, 2017


Filed under Football, Men's Sports, Sports

While the Illini football players will tell you that they go into every week looking to win, even they will admit that this weekend's matchup looks tougher than most. While neither team's season is going as well as their fan bases might have hoped, Ohio State (8-2) comes into this weekend as massive...

Touchdown Times: Ohio State

Touchdown Times: Ohio State

November 16, 2017


Filed under Football, Men's Sports, Sports

Matchups Illinois secondary vs. Ohio State receivers Ohio State has one of the better offenses in the country. The Buckeyes are near the top of the FBS in nearly every offensive category. They’re No. 1 in first downs offensively, with 281, and in total offense, they come in at No. 3 behind Oklaho...

Davis is ready for added minutes

Davis is ready for added minutes

By Mike Gasick, Staff Writer

November 16, 2017


Filed under Football, Men's Sports, Sports

Offensive coordinator Garrick McGee knew Trenard Davis’ potential back in the spring. Davis attended McGee’s quarterback meetings to go over schemes and game plans while the receivers were out practicing on their own. “That gave me a chance to know Trenard more,” McGee said. “When he was in my mee...

Nickerson set to return to sideline

Nickerson set to return to sideline

By Mike Gasick, Staff writer

November 14, 2017


Filed under Football, Men's Sports, Sports

Defensive coordinator Hardy Nickerson will return for Illinois’ upcoming game against Ohio State. Nickerson’s mother passed away unexpectedly last week, forcing Nickerson to miss the Illini’s home game against Indiana. “All of last week was just very, very tough from all areas,” Nickerson ...

Don’t let Smith’s salary anger you just yet

Don’t let Smith’s salary anger you just yet

November 13, 2017


Filed under Columns, Football, Men's Sports, Salary Guide, Sports

It’s easy to assume that some professors and students took issue with Lovie Smith signing his six-year, $21 million deal with Illinois in 2016. They probably have more issues with it now that Smith has led the team to five total wins since the 2016 season. I understand that the team is struggling r...

Smith and players frustrated all pieces aren’t coming together 

Smith and players frustrated all pieces aren’t coming together 

November 13, 2017


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

Jeff George Jr. hit Louis Dorsey for a 77-yard touchdown to open up the third quarter against Indiana on Saturday. The play awoke Memorial Stadium. Illinois was held to just 72 total yards in the first half and could only muster three first downs. But then the offense went back to its typical ways. The u...

Illini offense flatlines against Indiana

Illini offense flatlines against Indiana

By Jacob Diaz, Staff writer

November 11, 2017


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

The Illini's defense kept the the team in the game after a poor first half showing from the offense, but the Illini couldn’t find enough late to down the Hoosiers, losing 24-14. The loss brings Illinois’ conference record to 0-7 this season, and 2-8 overall. With some of its injured players return...

I get to be a fan this weekend

I get to be a fan this weekend

By Cole Henke, Sports Editor

November 9, 2017


Filed under Football, Men's Sports, Sports

This weekend is Dads Weekend, and I am going to get to do something I haven’t done in nearly two years. I am going to be sitting in the stands cheering for the Illini rather than up in the press box being a journalist. This is a pretty normal thing for sports editors at The Daily Illini. My old edi...

Touchdown Times: Indiana

Touchdown Times: Indiana

November 9, 2017


Filed under Football, Men's Sports, Sports

Matchups Illinois offensive line vs. Indiana defense The offensive line has been a problem area for Illinois all season, but on Dads Weekend the unit may be presented with a chance to shine against Indiana. Despite being ranked 111th in rushing offense, Kendrick Foster may be able to find some holes i...

Offensive line will grow with players

Offensive line will grow with players

By Mike Gasick, Staff Writer

November 9, 2017


Filed under Football, Men's Sports, Sports

Much of the recent talk around the Illinois football team has been about the two-quarterback system of Jeff George Jr. and Cam Thomas. However, the development of a freshman-heavy offensive line has been important to head coach Lovie Smith and offensive coordinator Garrick McGee. The two shared tha...

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