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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 announces football training camp schedule

Illinois announces football training camp schedule

By Hannah Preston, Interim editor-in-chief

July 24, 2019

As the fall semester approaches, Lovie Smith and his staff are preparing for the 2019 football season. The team announced Wednesday their training camp schedule would kick off on Aug. 2 with a media day set for Aug. 6 from noon-2 p.m. in Memorial Stadium beginning with a Smith press conference followed...

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 ...

Success in season sees Illini golfers in summer tournament play

Success in season sees Illini golfers in summer tournament play

By Claire O'Brien, Staff Writer

June 25, 2019

After both men’s and women’s golf teams made it to the NCAA Championships this year, a string of former and current Illini golfers are competing in tournaments over the summer. Men’s head coach Mike Small is an active player on the PGA Circuit. In 2018, Small competed in seven PGA Tournaments and f...

Seven Illini sign with MLB, tie second-largest draft year

Seven Illini sign with MLB, tie second-largest draft year

June 23, 2019

Following the MLB draft earlier in June, seven Illini have signed contracts with professional teams, including six drafted members of the Illinois baseball team and one free agent. The six draft picks tied the second-place record for most in a single draft for Illinois. Michael Massey was the first...

Grad transfers Imatorbhebhe, Peters commit to Illinois

Grad transfers Imatorbhebhe, Peters commit to Illinois

By JJ Kim, Assistant Sports Editor

June 18, 2019

The Illinois football team continued to add pieces to its roster as they added Josh Imatorbhebhe, a grad transfer wide receiver from the University of Southern California and Michigan transfer quarterback Brandon Peters within the past few days. Imatorbhebhe, a 6-foot-2-inch, 215-pound receiver, committed on ...

Quinn finishes seventh in NCAA finals, earns All-American honors

Quinn finishes seventh in NCAA finals, earns All-American honors

By Claire O'Brien, Staff Writer

June 11, 2019

The Illinois men’s and women’s outdoor track and field teams wrapped up their spring campaign this week in Austin, Texas. Senior sprinter Devin Quinn finished seventh in the 100-meter dash Friday at the NCAA Championships, completing his final collegiate race with a time of 10.12 seconds. Tex...

Colorado Rockies draft Yalowitz in 10th round

Colorado Rockies draft Yalowitz in 10th round

By JJ Kim, Assistant Sports Editor

June 4, 2019

Senior Illini outfielder Jack Yalowitz was selected in the 10th round by the Colorado Rockies. The 309th overall pick was the second Illini taken in the MLB draft after junior Michael Massey was taken in the fourth round by the Kansas City Royals. “Lets. Go!!! Been an honor to play with this guy. Incredible r...

Kansas City Royals draft Michael Massey

Kansas City Royals draft Michael Massey

By JJ Kim, Assistant Sports Editor

June 4, 2019

With the 109th overall pick in the fourth round of the MLB draft, the Kansas City Royals selected Illinois’ junior second baseman Michael Massey. Massey is the highest-selected middle infielder in Illinois history and became yet another Illini drafted within the first four rounds of the draft i...

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