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The Fighting Illini defense was ranked highly last year, and a majority of the starters return for 2012. Senior Leo Mike Buchanan may be the leader, especially along the defensive line. While a broken jaw set him back some this summer, he should be in top shape for the fall. He sees a bright future for the Illini defense.
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“ILLINOIS. OUR STATE. OUR TEAM.” will be displayed within advertising and marketing campaigns around the state.
The Illini will probably no longer be taking shots at Northwestern and their “Chicago’s Big Ten Team” slogan. Hopefully, that nonsense is over with the new Illinois re-brand
“As the flagship public institution in the state, this theme describes the statewide...
The Illinois fan who asked offensive lineman Graham Pocic to sign his baby must be one of the most hardcore college football fans in the country. Really? You’re offering your baby to be inked by an offensive lineman? I could understand asking Tim Tebow to do the Heisman pose while holding your child — maybe — but having a center do it? That’s unheard of, and I don’t even...
This is some Ricky Bobby type move if I have ever seen one. Illinois center Graham Pocic was kind enough to oblige a fan who shoved their baby in his face and asked him to kindly sign the kids jersey. You definitly do not see that everyday, but it sure lead to a great photo opp.
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As potent as the Fighting Illini offense is supposed to be, their ace in the hole might be their defense. One of the best in the country last year, the UI defense returns several starters and other experienced upperclassmen in what should be a talented unit. If the offense can keep it rested, the UI defense might turn odds in their favor against a majority of their opponents.
The Fighting Illini football coaching staff continues to impress in the recruiting game. Latest to commit is safety Darwyn Kelly. The H.D. Woodson athlete continues a trend of top D.C. prospects in selecting Illinois.
The Fighting Illini football team is gearing up for another highly competitive season. Fall practices begin Monday, and much remains unresolved, especially on offense. The new offensive schemes could be exciting and potent, if solutions are found to some basic problems. InsideIllini takes a look at the Illini offense going into Camp Rantoul.