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Illinois football’s defense can’t hold up against Wisconsin’s Bart Houston

Caleb Day returns a punt during the Homecoming game against Wisconsin at Memorial Stadium on Saturday, October 24. Illinois lost 13-24.

By Michal Dwojak, Staff writer

October 26, 2015

The Illinois football team had finally gained momentum against Wisconsin on Saturday. Freshman running back Ke’Shawn Vaughn had scored on a 35-yard run in the third quarter and the Illini were leading 13-10. Illini fans all over Memorial Stadium were excited — Illinois was leading Wisconsin, ...

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...

Illini football celebrates a different kind of win

Wide receiver Geronimo Allison celebrates after catching the game-winning touchdown pass with 10 seconds left in Illinois' 14-13 win over Nebraska at Memorial Stadium on Oct. 3.

By Peter Bailey-Wells

October 4, 2015

print headline: Win over Huskers worthy of extra celebrationCelebrations in sports are funny things. They’re rarely for the sake of posterity — a spontaneous outburst isn’t about legacy.Illinois football’s win over Nebraska Saturday sparked a different kind of celebration. In the seconds and minute...

Illinois football defense trying to prove hot start is no fluke

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

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 football’s defense off to a hot start

The Illinois defense wraps up Kent State wide receiver Connor Arlia during their season-opener at Memorial Stadium on Saturday, September 5. Illinois defeated Kent State 52-3.

By Michal Dwojak, Staff writer

September 6, 2015

Illinois linebacker Mason Monheim was ready for Kent State running back Nick Holley to run the ball on the first play of the Illini’s game against the Golden Flashes on Saturday. When the junior rusher attempted to press through the scrum at the line of scrimmage, Monheim appeared out of the ...

Amid chaos, Cubit ready for new job

Bill Cubit was recently named interim head football coach after Tim Beckman was fired. 

By Charlotte Carroll

August 28, 2015

Bill Cubit issued a rallying cry in his first press conference as interim head coach for the Illinois football team. As he spoke to the media, his words were more directed toward Illini nation and the five players standing in the room watching their new coach try to quell a whirlwind of emotions.His...

The guy: Mason Monheim and the Illini defense

Illinois’ Mason Monheim tackles Iowa’s C.J. Beathard during a game at Memorial Stadium on Nov. 15. Monheim enters his senior year with a spot on multiple preseason watch lists.

By Charlotte Carroll

August 17, 2015

A few weeks ago, Illinois linebacker Mason Monheim showed up with a unique look to the Big Ten Media Days in Chicago.With his long hair pulled back in a bun, cowboy boots and a suit complete with a bolo tie, the accessories looked more appropriate for a rodeo rather than a hotel ballroom in the big ...