Posted August 09, 2012 on
In a constant search for top wide receivers, the Fighting Illini have offered a Florida cousin of current Illini receiver Darius Millines. Marcus Davis appears to have a similar interest in the Illini and plans an official visit this fall.
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The Fighting Illini football team is still practicing without full pads by NCAA edict. But they were allowed to add shoulder pads on day 3 at Camp Rantoul, and the sound of pads popping was music to the ears. With split sessions the first three days, the entering freshmen had a chance to get plenty of reps and show a little bit of what they can do.
Responsibility. Some can accept it and some cannot. The Fighting Illini basketball coaching staff is ready to heap a ton of responsibility on sophomore point guard Tracy Abrams. He is still learning the position, but he has the determination and leadership skills to get the job done. He feels the Illini program is on the upswing, just like his own game.
The Fighting Illini football team practiced together for the first time at Camp Rantoul Thursday. It allowed a first glimpse at a possible depth chart. Illini coaches continue to practice fundamentals, including spending a large amount of time on special teams. The Illini have retained a high energy level despite the warm weather.
The Fighting Illini football program finally broke the ice on wide receiver recruiting by gaining a commitment from Martize Barr. The former Washington D.C. athlete attends Iowa Western Community College and plans to enroll for second semester.
The Fighting Illini football staff escorted a good-looking 2014 defensive tackle around Camp Rantoul this week. Enoch Smith, Jr., was here for multiple reasons, including to learn more about the Illini. He continues to speak positively about his state school.
The first day in full pads is always exciting for the Fighting Illini football team. While players were instructed to "practice like pros" and stay on their feet Friday to allow a completion of plays, there was a noticeable energy as they realize the season is getting closer. Cooler weather also helped put a bounce in Illini steps.