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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 ...

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 ...

Illini add Dalevon Campbell to class of 2019

Illini add Dalevon Campbell to class of 2019

By Alec Busse, Staff Writer

June 2, 2019

On Friday, Illinois added Missouri City, Texas, wide receiver Dalevon Campbell to their 2019 recruiting class. Campbell could be an asset for the Illini quarterbacks, as he measures in at 6-foot-4-inches and 200 pounds. In addition to his size, Campbell has some elite speed: He runs a 100-meter dash a...

Roundtree suffers spinal cord injury

Roundtree suffers spinal cord injury

By JJ Kim, Assistant Sports Editor

May 22, 2019

Illinois star defensive end Bobby Roundtree suffered a major spinal injury in a swimming accident Saturday. The accident occurred near his home in Largo, Florida, and the junior underwent surgery on Sunday at Mease Countryside Hospital in Safety Harbor, Florida.  “Bobby Roundtree is exactly what you wan...

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...

Patterson uses Trinity Catholic background for Illinois recruitment

Patterson uses Trinity Catholic background for Illinois recruitment

By Alec Busse, Contributing Writer

April 29, 2019

Football Head coach Lovie Smith was adding more than just another name to his coaching staff when he brought Cory Patterson to Champaign as a tight end’s coach in January 2018. Patterson possesses a plethora of knowledge when it comes to the St. Louis area from his days as the head coach at Trinit...

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