The Daily Illini

Spring ball marks new era for Illinois football

By Joey Figueroa, Staff reporter

May 8, 2016


Filed under Football, Men's Sports, Sports

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’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 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...

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 football players entertain during rain delay

Illinois football players entertain during rain delay

By Michal Dwojak, Staff writer

September 8, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports

Illinois football fans weren’t the only ones struggling to find something to do during Friday’s thunderstorm delay. Wide receiver Geronimo Allison managed to keep himself busy before the game was finally postponed — after a three-hour delay. Allison put in his headphones and sat at his locker ...

Illinois looks to class of 2015 for offensive assistance

Illinois looks to class of 2015 for offensive assistance

By Charlotte Carroll

August 25, 2015


Filed under Sports

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...

Five Illini athletes to watch in 2015

Five Illini athletes to watch in 2015

By Kevin McCarthy

August 25, 2015


Filed under Sports

Friends and relatives from back home give me constant grief for the state of Illini athletics. And sometimes I agree with them. But other times, I point to five athletes, who serve as beacons of hope in the Illini darkness created by recent football and basketball troubles. These athletes will dominate their ...