A look at Simon Cvijanovic -- one of a select group of players essential to Illinois this spring.
Head coach Tim Beckman and the Illinois Fighting Illini doubled their win total in 2013 from the previous season. The problem is that the Illini still only tallied four wins on the year and victorious in just one conference game. Beckman surely feels the pressure to lead Illinois to a bowl berth in 2014. "It's about moving forward. Nothing to brag about, but we've doubled...
It took some time to earn the offer he'd always wanted from Illinois, but Peter Cvijanovic, younger brother of Simon Cvijanovic, earned an offer from Illinois and jumped on the opportunity to join his brother in college. He talks about the decision here.
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.