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Spring ball marks new era for Illinois football

By Joey Figueroa , Staff reporter May 8, 2016

It’s not often that spring practices overshadow the football season that precedes them. But for Illinois football this year, such was the case. The hiring of Lovie Smith as the third head football...

Illinois' Mike Dudek (18) runs the ball during the game against Purdue at Memorial Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014. The Illini lost 38-27.

Illinois football responds to Dudek’s season-ending injury

By Charlotte Carroll, Sports editor April 10, 2016

In April 2015, Illinois football's wide receiver Mike Dudek tore his anterior cruciate ligament and was projected to play in October 2015. Instead, he missed the entire season. ag Now a year later,...

Quarterback Wes Lunt throws a pass during Saturday's game against Ohio State at Memorial Stadium. Illinois lost 28-3.

Wes Lunt happy to be at Illinois football’s helm during bowl push

By Michal Dwojak, Staff writer November 18, 2015

On a cold, rainy Monday in November, Wes Lunt was where he usually is on a Monday afternoon: sitting in a chair in the Memorial Stadium press box. It’s part of the Illinois quarterback’s weekly...

Back up quarterback Chayce Crouch leans down to check on injured lineman Zach Heath during the game against Western Illinois at Memorial Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 12.

Cataloguing the hurts: The many injuries of the Illinois offense

By Michal Dwojak, Staff writer November 3, 2015

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...

Wisconsin cornerback Sojourn Shelton intercepts a Wes Lunt pass in the Illinois end zone during Saturday's Homecoming game at Memorial Stadium. Illinois lost 13-24.

Depleted Illini offense fails to find rhythm against Wisconsin

By Michal Dwojak, Staff writer October 25, 2015

Quarterback Wes Lunt knew that Illinois football’s offense would miss key offensive players when the Illini played Wisconsin Saturday. Running back Josh Ferguson and wide receivers Marchie Murdock,...

Chayce Crouch throws a pass during Saturday's game against Western Illinois at Memorial Stadium.

Illinois football defense trying to prove hot start is no fluke

By Michal Dwojak, Staff writer September 14, 2015

Illinois co-defensive coordinator Tim Banks stood in the team’s squad room with a smile after Saturday’s win over Western Illinois. He stood in front of the white board and waited while the media...

Illinois' Henry Enyenihi (23) runs the ball down field during the annual football Spring Game at Memorial Stadium on Saturday, Apr. 18, 2015. The Orange won 44-41.

Illinois looks to class of 2015 for offensive assistance

By Charlotte Carroll August 25, 2015

On a team with 22 seniors, Illinois football wanted to rely mainly on its experience this season. But with injuries threatening the return of key players, the Illini may have to use its younger options...

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