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Lovie era begins with Spring Ball

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...

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.
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...

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.
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...

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.
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...

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