The Daily Illini

Illini secondary seeking redemption in 2014

Illinois' Earnest Thomas (9) plays defense during the game against Southern Illinois at Memorial Stadium on Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013. With most starters returning, the defense looks to improve from a dreadful year.

By By: Stephen Bourbon

April 9, 2014

Last season, the Illinois defense was near the bottom of the country in most major statistical categories. The Illini ranked 104th of 123 teams nationally in scoring defense, allowing 35.4 points per game. That number jumped to 40.8 in eight Big Ten contests, where the Illini were 1-7. The defense simpl...