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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...

Grading Illinois football after its win over Nebraska

Chunky Clements drags down Nebraska quarterback Tommy Armstrong Jr. during Illinois' 14-13 win over Nebraska at Memorial Stadium on Oct. 3.

By The Daily Illini Football Staff

October 4, 2015

Editor's note: Starting this week, The Daily Illini football staff will be giving out grades following the Illinois football game each week. The staff will be grading offense, defense, special teams and coaching. Offense:C The Illinois offense was average Saturday, until the fourt...

Illinois football’s defensive line shows up against Middle Tennessee State

Dawuane Smoot gets into his stance before the snap in Illinois' 27-25 victory over Middle Tennessee State at Memorial Stadium on Saturday.

By Michal Dwojak, Staff writer

September 29, 2015

Illinois football co-defensive coordinator and defensive line coach Mike Phair expressed his feelings about the defensive line’s performance in the first three games of the season in a unique way. The coach posted signs all over the defensive line’s meeting room that had the number “one”...