The Daily Illini

Lovie era begins with Spring Ball

By Joey Figuerora

March 30, 2016

tweet: #Illini position battles and new coaching hires highlight spring ball.It’s been a head-spinning few months for the Illinois football program, and it’s finally time to strap on some helmets and hit the field. Spring practices officially kick off this Friday at Memorial Stadium and will contin...

Illinois football’s defense can’t hold up against Wisconsin’s Bart Houston

Caleb Day returns a punt during the Homecoming game against Wisconsin at Memorial Stadium on Saturday, October 24. Illinois lost 13-24.

By Michal Dwojak, Staff writer

October 26, 2015

The Illinois football team had finally gained momentum against Wisconsin on Saturday. Freshman running back Ke’Shawn Vaughn had scored on a 35-yard run in the third quarter and the Illini were leading 13-10. Illini fans all over Memorial Stadium were excited — Illinois was leading Wisconsin, ...

Illinois football’s Dawuane Smoot is a big man with big speed

Dwaine Smoot makes a tackle on Nebraska quarterback Tommy Armstrong Jr. in Saturday's game at Memorial Stadium. Illinois won 14-13.

By Michal Dwojak, Staff writer

October 20, 2015

If a University student who didn’t know who Dawuane Smoot was saw the Illinois football defensive lineman today, they probably wouldn’t believe that he used to weigh 220 pounds and run track. Many Illinois football fans probably don’t know that Smoot competed in high school track nationals in the sho...

Homecoming provides memories for Hardee

Illinois' Justin Hardee (19) runs for a touchdown during the game against Western Kentucky at Memorial Stadium on Sept. 6.

By Charlotte Carroll

October 22, 2014

This year Homecoming will be different for wide receiver Justin Hardee. His mom, Estella Perryman, won’t be sitting behind the 35-yard line. They won’t go to his apartment after the game to eat. And he won’t hear her say ‘I love you.’ It was at last year’s game where he saw his mom as he...