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Bret Bielema walks off the field after the spring game April 19. As spring football ends, fans got a taste into what fall may look like.

Bielema concludes successful first spring ball as head coach

By Josh Pietsch, Assistant On-Air Editor May 16, 2021

Bret Bielema came to Illinois this winter after being hired as the new head coach, hired a new staff and was able to retain the majority of players for an extra year of eligibility. Despite a fast start,...

Josh Imatorbhebhe runs after making a catch against Northwestern Dec. 12 at Ryan Field in Evanston, Illinois. Imatorbhebhe signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars as an undrafted free agent.

Josh Imatorbhebhe signs with Jacksonville Jaguars as undrafted free agent

By Jackson Janes, Sports Editor May 1, 2021

Though he missed out on getting selected during the 2021 NFL Draft, former Illini wide receiver Josh Imatorbhebhe has signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars as an undrafted free agent. Imatorbhebhe played...

Milo Eifler celebrates an incompletion during the game against Iowa Nov. 23, 2019, at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City, Iowa.

Former Illini Milo Eifler signs with New York Jets as undrafted free agent

By Jackson Janes, Sports Editor May 1, 2021

After not hearing his name called during the 2021 NFL Draft, former Illini linebacker Milo Eifler has signed with the New York Jets as an undrafted free agent. After spending two years, one of which...

Nate Hobbs goes into the end zone after making a pick-six against Rutgers Nov. 2, 2019, at Memorial Stadium.

Former Illini Nate Hobbs selected in fifth round of 2021 NFL Draft

By Jackson Janes, Sports Editor May 1, 2021

Former Illinois cornerback Nate Hobbs was selected in the fifth round of the 2021 NFL Draft by the Las Vegas Raiders. Hobbs is the second Illini selected in this year’s draft after the team didn’t...

Kendrick Green (53) stands with teammates prior to the game against Iowa at Memorial Stadium Dec. 5.

Former Illini Kendrick Green selected in third round of 2021 NFL Draft

By Jackson Janes, Sports Editor April 30, 2021

Former Illinois offensive lineman Kendrick Green was selected by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the third round of the 2021 NFL Draft, becoming the first Illini taken in the draft since Nick Allegretti was...

Former Illinois offensive lineman Nick Allegretti gets ready to make a block during the game against Minnesota at Memorial Stadium on Nov. 3, 2018. Allegretti is the most recent draft pick out of Illinois, though a few former players are expecting to hear their names called at the 2021 NFL Draft this weekend.

Look back on former Illini selected in NFL Draft as event approaches

By Jackson Janes, Sports Editor April 29, 2021

“With the first pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, the Jacksonville Jaguars select —” Players work their entire lives for moments like these. The chance to play for teams you’ve watched your entire...

Reggie Love III (23) and Daniel Barker (87) celebrate after Love III scored a touchdown April 19 during the spring game at Memorial Stadium. Love III and Barker are both players to watch for Bret Bielema's squad in the fall.

Illinois players to watch after successful spring game outings

By Josh Pietsch, Assistant On-Air Editor April 27, 2021

Last Monday, the Illini played their annual spring football game to showcase how the team has progressed since new head coach Bret Bielema and his staff took over. A lot has changed on both offense and...

Redshirt freshman Isaiah Williams (white) throws a pass during the Orange and Blue Spring Game Monday night at Memorial Stadium. Williams and senior Brandon Peters continue to compete for the starting quarterback spot.

Peters, Williams compete for starting spot at spring game

By Josh Pietsch, Assistant On-Air Editor April 22, 2021

At the annual Orange and Blue spring football game Monday night, Illini fans got their first look at the quarterback battle between senior Brandon Peters and redshirt freshman Isaiah Williams. Coming...

Tight end Luke Ford (82) catches a pass during the Orange and Blue spring game Monday at Memorial Stadium. Ford had a really solid game, going for five catches for 88 yards.

Spring game notebook: Passing game, defensive line show potential for fall

By Gabby Hajduk, Staff Writer April 20, 2021

For Bret Bielema’s standards, Illinois football’s Orange and Blue spring game was a success. The Illini finished the game with no injuries, committed minimal penalties and had solid ball security,...

Senior Tony Adams (orange) defends sophomore Dalevon Campbell (blue) during the Orange and Blue spring game Monday night at Memorial Stadium. The Orange team won 65-15, though the score is not the biggest or most important takeaway from the game.

Spring game takeaways: First-teamers dominate, torch backups in one-sided affair

April 19, 2021

The Orange and Blue spring game offered fans a glimpse into what to look forward to under new head coach Bret Bielema and his new staff. The Orange team, which consisted of first-team players, dominated...

Illinois head coach Brett Bielema directs his players during Spring practice on March 23. Bielema has now completed 12 spring practices, with the spring game scheduled for Monday.

Illinois welcomes fans, family back to Memorial Stadium for first time since 2019

By Gabby Hajduk, Staff Writer April 19, 2021

Bret Bielema hasn’t had much time to soak in his new home of Champaign. On top of COVID-19 restrictions inhibiting everyone’s daily activities in the community, Bielema has been working nearly 24/7...

Redshirt freshman Isaiah Williams sprints down the field in a game against Rutgers Nov. 14. The Illinois football team will play its first spring game Monday with an almost completely new coaching staff and altered player positions.

Spring game preview: Position changes, battles highlight first scrimmage under new staff

By Josh Pietsch, Assistant On-Air Editor April 19, 2021

The Illinois football team will get game experience for the first time since 2020 during its spring game Monday. With an almost entirely new coaching staff, position battles on both sides of the ball and...

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