Posted November 09, 2011 on
The Fighting Illini football team has been blessed with good health this season. Nearly the entire team has been available for every game. The loss of any one player can have a deleterious effect on the team's success. So when receiver Darius Millines had to sit out four games with a stress fracture in his foot, the offense felt the effects.
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As the Fighting Illini football team enters the home stretch of its 2011 season, its defense has continued to impress. Leading all tacklers is sophomore linebacker Jonathan Brown. The former Memphis star missed one game but is still the runaway tackle leader. He feels the bye week has been good for the team.
One of the biggest reasons the Illini fell well short of preseason expectations last year was their lack of defensive heart and intensity. It isn’t like a Bruce Weber coached team to not defend, and last year Illinois lost way too many games because their inability to get stops down the stetch and in crunch time.
Especially on the road, Illinois would dig deep holes for themselves...
The Fighting Illini football team has enjoyed excellent leadership this year, no small reason for its success thus far. As the elder statesman, Trulon Henry has the respect of his teammates. He uses his position to help his peers see the big picture and continue working toward their goals. At the same time, he is striving to enjoy every second of his final few games.
The Fighting Illini football team enjoyed a much earned rest during its bye week. Bodies had a brief chance to heal, and the frustrations of the past three games gradually faded into the sunset. The Illini are now ready physically and mentally to take on Michigan in Memorial Stadium Saturday; their practices reflected a renewed enthusiasm for the task at hand.
Illinois head coach Brad Dancer announced the signing of Jared Hiltzik (Wilmette, Ill./New Trier) to a letter of intent on Thursday. Hiltzik, a blue-chip recruit by TennisRecruiting.net, will join the Fighting Illini in fall 2012.
University of Illinois softball head coach Terri Sullivan added six student-athletes to the Fighting Illini family on Thursday with the announcement of the 2012 recruiting class.
Nov 12, 3:30 PM | Turf of Memorial Stadium
Michigan Wolverines vs Illinois Fighting Illini Odds
The Illinois Fighting Illini host Michigan on Saturday, looking to build on their 4-5 ATS mark against the 7-2 Wolverines in NCAAF action at Memorial Stadium.
They will face the 7-2 Wolverines, who own a 6-3 ATS mark on the season. In totals betting, the Fighting...
After bringing in a huge class last year, the Fighting Illini basketball team had only one scholarship available for this signing period. They gave it to Crete-Monee point guard Michael Orris, who made it official today. Orris provides needed depth at his position and is excited for the opportunity.
Fighting Illini football fans care. So it is not surprising they display their emotions both after wins and losses. Some of it is predictable, a normal part of the college game day experience. But to prevent extremes, former players like Frank Lenti, Jr., would like fans to understand what it is like to be a player. After all, in his heart he still is one.
There are some similarities between the current Fighting Illini football team and the 2007 outfit that came out of nowhere to earn a Rose Bowl berth. In both cases, players were hungry to improve upon previous years, and leadership was a common denominator for both. Illini Video Production Specialist Frank Lenti, Jr., played on the 2007 team and shares thoughts on both teams.
The Fighting Illini swimming and diving team will return to Champaign Friday night to host Illinois State for Senior Night in the team's final home meet of the season. The Illini have dominated the Redbirds over the years, leading the all-time series 22-6.