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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 coach within two years has been the big story on campus, and the star-studded coaching staff Smith bro...

Illinois football responds to Dudek’s season-ending injury

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, Dudek is once again sidelined with a torn ACL in the same knee and will have season ending surgery n...

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

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

By Michal Dwojak, Staff writer

November 17, 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 routine: meet with media members after head coach Bill Cubit concludes his press conference. He stare...

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

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...

Depleted Illini offense fails to find rhythm against Wisconsin

Depleted Illini offense fails to find rhythm against Wisconsin

By Michal Dwojak, Staff writer

October 24, 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, Justin Hardee and Mike Dudek were doubtful to play against the Badgers. The team’s injury report re...

Illinois football defense trying to prove hot start is no fluke

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 assembled around him. Reporters joked around with Banks, who laughed and commented that he was no...

Illinois looks to class of 2015 for offensive assistance

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 sooner than anticipated.There are 36 newcomers in all, with 18 freshmen signees, seven junior-colle...