Posted October 06, 2011 on
The Fighting Illini football team is not only enjoying a 5-0 start to the 2011 season, it is becoming nationally recognized in several offensive and defensive categories. For example, the defense is among the nation's leaders in sacks despite getting no respect in the preseason. A big reason for the success is Bandit Michael Buchanan.

Tim Russell, A Man For All UI Seasons

Meet the Fighting Illini's Renaissance Man. Tim Russell has one of the most unusual combinations of talents one can imagine on a football team. A high school quarterback, he walked on to the Illinois team to play receiver. He is now the holder on place kicks. He is also the backup long snapper. And he's an Engineering student to boot.

Midwest mailbag: Zook can sell success

Ron Zook has Illinois at 5-0 on the season and currently ranked in the top 20. Is it helping the Illini's standing with the top in-state prospects? Josh Helmholdt breaks it down in the Midwest recruiting mailbag.

Illinois to give 5-0 record first road test

Illinois offensive lineman Jeff Allen says there is a special feeling when a road team silences a crowd and takes control of a game. The No. 19 Illini (5-0, 1-0 Big Ten) haven't been on the road yet this season. That will change Saturday when they travel to Indiana (1-4, 0-1). Defensive end Michael Buchanan says the Illini will need to start fast to keep the crowd quiet. Illinois...

Zook's Illini are playing to win l Beard column

With Illinois unbeaten after five games for the first time since 1951, coach Ron Zook's ability as a recruiter is starting to show up on the scoreboard again for the Illini.

Illinois receiver backs up brash talk

Jenkins has come into own, as record breaking game against NU indicatesCHAMPAIGN — Even after a record-setting Saturday, Illinois wide receiver A.J. Jenkins knew offensive coordinator Paul Petrino would pick apart his game.

M. Basketball. Illini to Hold Open Practice and Scrimmage

Illinois fans can get their first look at the 2011-12 Fighting Illini basketball team on Oct. 15 in what promises to be a festive day on campus. The thousands of fans tailgating prior to the 2:30 pm match-up of No. 19/16 Illinois vs. Ohio State at Memorial Stadium are invited to head over to the Assembly Hall and watch coach Bruce Weber's squad in an open practice and scrimmage...

Fighting Illini Bus To First Road Game At IU

The Fighting Illini football takes its perfect record on the road for the first time this season, traveling to take on the Indiana Hoosiers in Bloomington Saturday. The Illini are favored against a team with a 1-4 record, but they have great respect for their opponent and its new coaching staff. They expect a hard-fought game, just like most Big 10 games.

M. Gymnastics. Illini Picked No. 2 in Preseason Coaches Poll

The Fighting Illini men's gymnastics team checked in at No. 2 in the GympInfo Preseason Coaches Poll, released this week. The Orange and Blue received the most first-place votes (7) of any team, but 2011 NCAA runner-up Oklahoma edged the Illini in the rankings to secure the top spot with five first-place votes.

Football. Matte, Replogle Talk Illinois

Indiana remains home for the second straight week to face Illinois on Saturday. The Hoosiers and Fighting Illini kick off at 2:30 p.m. EDT on the BTN.

W. Volleyball. Live VB Blog: #1 Illinois at #25 Ohio State

Illinois volleyball public relations director Mike Koon is live at St. John Arena as the top-ranked Fighting Illini take on No. 25 Ohio State. Your comments and questions are encouraged.
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