Posted May 15, 2012 on
The city of Memphis has been good to the Fighting Illini football team recently. Junior Jonathan Brown is an All-Big 10 candidate, and Henry Dickson is expected to play extensively this fall. Now comes Mack Weaver, dynamic two-way end who recently received an Illini offer. He has numerous offers but promises to give the UI consideration.
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Oh, how cute! Northwestern head football coach Pat Fitzgerald and First-year Illinois HC Tim Beckman are acting like the Wildcat and Fighting Illini have an actual rivalry worth making a fuss over.
"Fitzgerald called the Illini “that team from Champaign” during a Wrigley Field stop last week, and Beckman put up a sign in...
The offensive line may be the biggest single concern coming out of spring ball for the Fighting Illini football team. There is a lack of experienced depth at the tackle spots, and Illini defensive ends exploited them at times in the Spring Game. Simon Cvijanovic has a year of experience and is the leader at left tackle. He must continue to improve, but he's making progress.
Recently, Roeland Park (KS) Bishop Miege quarterback Montell Cozart turned in an impressive performance at the Elite 11 regional event in Columbus, Ohio. So though he's committed to Kansas, other programs continue to take notice, and Wednesday he picked up his fifth BCS offer - from the Fighting Illini of the University of Illinois.
Illinois athletic director Mike Thomas hopes to meet with Northwestern for a game in Chicago, potentially another matchup in Wrigley Field. Thomas is hoping the Fighting Illini can appeal to fans in the state of Illinois, specifically Chicago.
The new Fighting Illini basketball staff is beginning to identify and target players who fit their system. Among those who the Illini have contacted is Nigel Hayes, a power forward from Toledo. While not yet a household name, Hayes has the athleticism the Illini seek.
The Fighting Illini football team has already offered several standout 2014 prospects, a necessity in this age of highly competitive college recruiting. One must be truly exceptional to receive college offers after a sophomore season, and Virginian Quin Blanding fits that description. The cornerback already has many top schools eager for his attention.
The Fighting Illini basketball team is looking for quick guards who can attack the basket, hit the three and play pressure defense. Upcoming senior Kyle Davis fits that description. He continues to demonstrate quickness, savvy and shooting touch in spring AAU action. Check out his video highlights and see for yourself.