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Illinois vs. USF: Press Box Bundle

Illinois vs. USF: Press Box Bundle

By Eli Schuster, Sports Editor

September 18, 2018


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

As I begin to cover my fourth season of Illinois football, I wanted to try something new. After each Illinois game, I will be sharing what I like to call the Press Box Bundle. Here you can catch up on all the information you might have missed during The Daily Illini sports staff’s coverage of the ...

Illinois vs. USF: Grades and game notes

Illinois vs. USF: Grades and game notes

By Daily Illini Sports Desk

September 17, 2018


Filed under Football, Men's Sports

Quarterback play wasn't the problem AJ Bush was questionable heading into Saturday, after suffering a hamstring injury at the end of the first half in last week’s game. While Bush was suited up and throwing a football around during pregame, it served as  a way to play mind games with the USF coaching staff. True freshm...

Players need to retain confidence despite lows

Players need to retain confidence despite lows

By Eli Schuster, Sports Editor

September 17, 2018


Filed under Football, Men's Sports, Sports

Illini fans beware. After each game this season, I will put together something I like to call the Press Box Bundle. Typically, I share this in the days following Illinois football’s weekend matchup. It includes video footage, tweets, photos and observations. After watching the Illini find a way t...

Illini fall in second half at Soldier Field

Illini fall in second half at Soldier Field

By Tatiania Perry, Staff writer

September 17, 2018


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

With six seconds left on the clock, head coach Lovie Smith called the final time-out of the game. It was the final drive for Illinois, and the team was down 25-19 to South Florida. In that 60-second span, the Illini made a plan. The team had 25 yards to goal, and freshman quarterback M.J. Rivers need...

Last year’s loss fires up team

Last year’s loss fires up team

By Gavin Good, Staff writer

September 13, 2018


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

Illinois hasn’t lost in 2018, but last year’s 47-32 defeat at the hands of South Florida is still fresh in the minds of the team heading into this weekend’s 2:30 p.m. matchup at Soldier Field. Coming in, it’s unclear whether Illinois starter AJ Bush will be ready to play, after he came out i...

Rivers brings confidence, poise to quarterback position

Rivers brings confidence, poise to quarterback position

By Tatiania Perry, Staff writer

September 13, 2018


Filed under Football, Men's Sports, Sports

M.J. Rivers grew up on football. From watching his father play to being on the field himself, football was his life. The freshman quarterback’s dream came true Saturday night against Western Illinois when Rivers received his first collegiate snaps at quarterback.  Rivers didn’t know prior to h...

Illinois vs. Western Illinois: Press Box Bundle

Illinois vs. Western Illinois: Press Box Bundle

By Eli Schuster, Sports Editor

September 11, 2018


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

As I begin to cover my fourth season of Illinois football, I wanted to try something new. After each Illinois game, I will be sharing what I like to call the Press Box Bundle. Here you can catch up on all the information you might have missed during The Daily Illini sports staff’s coverage of the ...

Grading Illinois’ win over Western Illinois

Grading Illinois’ win over Western Illinois

By Tatiania Perry, Staff writer

September 10, 2018


Filed under Football, Men's Sports, Sports

Another game, another quarterback M.J. Rivers stepped in and stepped up to help secure the win over Western Illinois. The freshman entered the game to replace quarterback AJ Bush after the grad transfer suffered a game-ending injury. As Bush was cared for in the medical tent, Rivers  — cool, cal...

Rivers leads Illinois to victory in unexpected debut after Bush injury

Rivers leads Illinois to victory in unexpected debut after Bush injury

By Gavin Good, Staff writer

September 9, 2018


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

When Illinois needed a spark against FCS foe Western Illinois on Saturday night, true freshman quarterback M.J. Rivers stepped up. Rivers made an unexpected Illini debut after starter AJ Bush came out of the game with an injury at the end of the first quarter, but the Frisco, Texas native was compos...

Cam Thomas leaves Illinois football program

Cam Thomas leaves Illinois football program

By Eli Schuster, Sports Editor

September 6, 2018


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

A press release sent out on Thursday afternoon announced sophomore quarterback Cam Thomas will be leaving the Illinois football program. During his freshman campaign, Thomas appeared in four games and started two. He finished the season with 233 rushing yards with one touchdown while throwing for...

Illini offense aims to dominate Leathernecks on Saturday

Illini offense aims to dominate Leathernecks on Saturday

By Gavin Good, Staff writer

September 6, 2018


Filed under Football, Men's Sports, Sports

Illinois knows it needs to play better to have a successful season. The team squeezed out a 31-24 win over Kent State in week 1, but it had to come on the back of a 21-point third quarter, the highest-scoring quarter for Illinois so far under  head  coach  Lovie  Smith’s guidance. After struggl...

Illini look to continue second-half momentum into weekend matchup

Illini look to continue second-half momentum into weekend matchup

By Tatiania Perry and Staff writer

September 6, 2018


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

After a sloppy first half, the Illini are confident that the second half of Saturday’s game has sent them in the right direction.  The team took away a lot from that close-call matchup with Kent State, with running back Reggie Corbin emphasizing the importance of maintaining a level head during th...

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