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Three Illinois football players invited to NFL Combine

Three Illinois football players invited to NFL Combine

By Charlotte Carroll

February 22, 2016


Filed under Sports

twitter: Three #illini football players will be taking part in the #NFLCombine that starts Tuesday in IndianapolisFor the first time in three years, Illinois football may produce an NFL draft pick.Three Illini received invitations to the 2016 NFL Combine – Jihad Ward, Geronimo Allison and Josh Fergus...

Illinois football’s offense fails to show up in loss Ohio State

Illinois football’s offense fails to show up in loss Ohio State

By Michal Dwojak, Staff writer

November 14, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports

Wes Lunt and the Illinois offense appeared to spark some momentum late in the Illini’s 28-3 loss to Ohio State on Saturday. The Illinois quarterback completed a 37-yard pass to freshman wide receiver Desmond Cain to move the Illini to Ohio State’s 21-yard line. With his team down 21-3 and...

Illinois football’s Bill Cubit will continue to serve his team after Mike Thomas departure

Illinois football’s Bill Cubit will continue to serve his team after Mike Thomas departure

By Michal Dwojak, Staff writer

November 9, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports

The Illinois football investigations were hanging over head coach Bill Cubit’s and the heads of the rest of the team since former player Simon Cvijanovic made allegations against former head coach Tim Beckman in May. The preliminary findings of the investigation resulted in the firing of Beckman in...

Illinois football enters critical stretch of the season against Purdue

By Michal Dwojak, Staff writer

November 4, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports

Illinois’ football game at Purdue on Saturday is important for many different reasons. The Illini need to win two of their four remaining games to become bowl eligible and Saturday’s game against the Boilermakers will be a good opportunity for Illinois to gain one of those wins. Bowl-eligibility...

Cataloguing the hurts: The many injuries of the Illinois offense

Cataloguing the hurts: The many injuries of the Illinois offense

By Michal Dwojak, Staff writer

November 3, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports

Illinois football head coach Bill Cubit managed to remain humorous during his weekly press conference Monday after the Illini lost 39-0 to Penn State on Saturday. His offense has been depleted of players for much of the season, and Saturday’s shutout was yet another reminder of the void those...

Matchups to watch in Illinois-Penn State game

By Masaki Sugimoto

October 28, 2015


Filed under Sports

Illinois secondary vs. Penn State ReceiversThe Illini secondary had issues covering Wisconsin’s Alex Erickson in key moments last week. Another tall order is coming up against Penn State and its two top receivers. Both Chris Godwin and DaeSean Hamilton are on the Biletnekoff watch list. Both are play...

Illini got beaten by the Badgers, and that's OK

Illini got beaten by the Badgers, and that's OK

By Peter Bailey-Wells

October 25, 2015


Filed under Sports

Ke’Shawn Vaughn said the Illini beat themselves. Bill Cubit talked about injuries and lack of execution. Mike Phair said there are some good things to take away from Illinois football’s 24-13 Homecoming loss to Wisconsin, but that winning the game is ultimately the only thing he wanted to do.However y...

Matchups to watch in Illinois-Iowa game

By Masaki Sugimoto

October 7, 2015


Filed under Sports

WR Geronimo Allison vs. CB Desmond KingGeronimo Allison has proven that he is a stud wide receiver and a legitimate threat after his performance against Nebraska. Allison leads the Big Ten with 32 catches and 452 receiving yards and is on the Biletnikoff award watch list. But Iowa cornerback Desmond King...

Illinois and UCLA football traveled different paths after meeting in 2011 Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl

Illinois and UCLA football traveled different paths after meeting in 2011 Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl

By Michal Dwojak, Staff writer

September 24, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports

There was a sense of relief when Nathan Scheelhaase took a knee during the final seconds of the 2011 Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl on New Year’s Eve. Defensive lineman Craig Wilson grabbed a container of orange Gatorade and attempted to pour it over interim coach Vic Koenning — he was half successful. The...

Illinois football’s offense blows too many opportunities

Illinois football’s offense blows too many opportunities

By Michal Dwojak, Staff writer

September 21, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports

Illinois football’s first drive against North Carolina on Saturday couldn’t have been drawn up any better. The offense traveled 73 yards over 11 plays in 4:07. Quarterback Wes Lunt looked efficient with his throws and running back Josh Ferguson ran productive routes in what would be a 133-yard rushing ...

Old troubles haunt Illini in North Carolina loss

Old troubles haunt Illini in North Carolina loss

By Peter Bailey-Wells

September 20, 2015


Filed under Sports

In high school, I had a football coach that always used to say, “Somebody needs to make a play!”I never quite understood that: Obviously we were all trying to “make plays.” We wouldn’t have been on the field otherwise. Him exhorting us to do something we were already trying to do was confus...

Bill Cubit ready to change atmosphere of Illinois football

Bill Cubit ready to change atmosphere of Illinois football

By Michal Dwojak, Staff writer

August 31, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports

Bill Cubit made sure he set the tone in his first Monday press conference. The new Illinois head football coach wore an orange dress shirt and a dark blazer with an Illinois shield pin on his left side. Cubit made many in the room laugh with witty remarks — something his predecessor was much c...

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