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Quarterback Brandon Peters prepares to receive the snap during the game against Maryland on Friday. After missing two games due to an injury, Peters returned on Friday, though an underwhelming performance drew concerns about the Illinis  quarterback situation.

Illini quarterbacks struggle to produce as losses pile up

By Will Payne, Assistant Sports Editor September 20, 2021

Another week, another Illinois loss, and this time it was at the hands of the Maryland Terrapins. Illinois came into Friday night's matchup as the underdog, even with starting quarterback Brandon Peters...

Bret Bielema shouts from the sideline during Illinois game against Maryland on Friday. Despite a slew of recent ugly losses, there is still reason for optimism this season in Champaign.

Column | Where does Illinois go from here?

By Jackson Janes, Sports Editor September 18, 2021

Friday night was ugly. After taking the lead for the first time in the game just under one minute into the fourth quarter, the Illini couldn’t hang on, with a combination of poor decision making,...

Brandon Peters gets ready to pass the ball during Illinois game against Maryland on Sept. 17. Peters didnt have an ideal return from injury, tossing less than 200 yards and an interception in the Illinis disappointing 20-17 loss to the Terrapins.

Maryland notes, grades: Illinois’ offense falters, defense steps up in heartbreaking home loss

By Wes Hollenberg, Staff Writer September 18, 2021

After losing two consecutive non-conference games, Illinois fell to 1-1 in Big Ten play and extended its losing streak to three games in an ugly, back-and-forth 20-17 loss to Maryland.  Illinois looked...

Illinois linebacker Jake Hansen tries to tackle Maryland quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa during the game between the Illini and the Terrapins on Sept. 17 at Memorial Stadium.

Illinois falls to Maryland on last-second field goal, drops third straight game

By Jackson Janes, Sports Editor September 17, 2021

After two consecutive ugly losses to UTSA and Virginia over the last two weeks, Illinois came to play against Maryland on Friday night under the lights at Memorial Stadium.  In former Illinois coaches...

Quarterback Art Sitkowki prepares for the snap during Illinois game against the University of Texas at San Antonio on Sept. 4. The Daily Illini sports staff made some predictions ahead of the teams Friday night matchup against the Maryland Terrapins.

Quick picks: The Daily Illini sports staff makes predictions ahead of Maryland matchup

By The Daily Illini Sports Staff September 17, 2021

Illinois has struggled offensively and defensively in two consecutive losses, with the Illini falling to the UTSA Roadrunners, 37-30, at Memorial Stadium and getting blown out on the road against the Virginia...

Illinois players run out of the tunnel before the teams game against the University of Texas at San Antonio on Sept. 4. The Illini look to get back in the win column against the Maryland Terrapins on Friday night.

Illinois to host Maryland, looks to end losing skid

By Wes Hollenberg, Staff Writer September 17, 2021

The Illini will look to turn around their two-game losing streak Friday night at 8 p.m. when they host the Maryland Terrapins at Memorial Stadium. Maryland is 2-0 on the season while boasting elite...

Bret Bielema walks onto the field during the footballs game against UTSA  on Sept. 4. Illinoiss football team works on getting into a groove to play with this season.

Column | Why can’t Illinois replicate Indiana’s blueprint?

By Carson Gourdie, Sttaff Writer September 16, 2021

Indiana is as big of a basketball school as you get. Bobby Knight. Isiah Thomas. Five national championships. Assembly Hall. But can you tell me much of their football history? From 1995 to 2013, they...

The Illinois defensive line prepares for a snap during the game against Nebraska on Aug. 28. Defensive consistency has been a major issue for the Illini, as they have allowed an average of over 33 points per game this season.

Defensive coaching staff looks for turnaround after early-season woes

By Wes Hollenberg, Staff Writer September 15, 2021

The Bret Bielema era was ushered in with the hope of making changes from the top down, but just three weeks into the season, the team is already showing similar warts to those of the Lovie Smith era. While...

Quarterback Artur Sitkowski hands the ball off to running back Jakari Norwood during the game against UTSA on Sept. 4. With uncertainty at the quarterback position, the Illini will need consistent production from their running backs.

Illini running backs look to carry more of offensive load

By Will Payne, Assistant Sports Editor September 13, 2021

The Illinois football team returned to Champaign this weekend after its second straight loss, this time to the Virginia Cavaliers. Virginia led throughout the entire game, as it never looked back en route...

Devon Witherspoon attempts to push a UTSA receiver out of bounds during the game against the University of Texas at San Antonio on Sept. 4. Witherspoon and the Illini secondary struggled against a high-powered Virginia offense on Saturday.

Column | Same old, same old: Defensive discipline, depth remain critical issues under Bielema

By Jackson Janes, Sports Editor September 11, 2021

It’s no secret that the Illini struggled defensively under former head coach Lovie Smith. In his final year in Champaign, Illinois ranked last in the Big Ten in passing yards allowed, with opposing teams...

Owen Carney gets set before a play during the game against Virginia at Scott Stadium in Charlottesville on Saturday. The Illini struggled offensively and defensively against the Cavaliers, and they have lots of things to sort out before returning to Big Ten action on Friday night.

Notes, players grades: Illini struggle on both ends of the ball in loss at Virginia

By Josh Pietsch, Assistant On-Air Editor September 11, 2021

In what was the first road test for the team under Bret Bielema, the Illini were dominated on both ends of the ball, falling to the Virginia Cavaliers, 42-14. Virginia started the game by scoring two...

Illinois cornerback Nate Hobbs celebrates a fumble recovery and touchdown during the game against Rutgers.  Hobbs will be playing his rookie season with the Las Vegas Raiders in the NFL.

Former Illinois players look to impress during the 2021 NFL season

By Will Payne, Assistant Sports Editor September 11, 2021

Chase McLaughlin, Kicker for the Cleveland Browns After beating out Cody Parkey in training camp, Chase McLaughlin will be the starting kicker for the Cleveland Browns this season. McLaughlin hopped...

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