The Illinois Fighting Illini had four players - Hugh Thornton (Indianapolis Colts), Akeem Spence (Tampa Bay Buccaneers), Terry Hawthorne (Pittsburgh Steelers) and Michael Buchanan (New England Patriots) - selected in the recently completed NFL Draft. There were no surprises of which four were picked among the 254 selections, but the order in which they went was not what many analysts...
The Pittsburgh Steelers continue to add depth in their depleted secondary, selecting Illinois cornerback Terry Hawthorne in the fifth round of the NFL draft.
Hawthorne finished his college career with 162 tackles and six interceptions. Though the 6-foot Hawthorne is not considered a physical defender, he's one of the faster defensive backs in the draft. Hawthorne ran a 4.4-second...
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April 27, 2013
With the 150th overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft the Pittsburgh Steelers select Illinois CB Terry Hawthorne… The Pittsburgh Steelers selected Hawthorne with their sixth pick in the 2013 NFL Draft. Hawthorne will add some depth at corner and help push Curtis Brown and DeMarcus Van **** for the fourth corner spot on the depth chart. The Steelers lost Keenan Allen in free agency...
The Pittsburgh Steelers have selected Illinois cornerback Terry Hawthorne with their fifth round pick of the 2013 NFL draft.
Illinois’ talented defense has received well-deserved praise over the past couple of seasons, with defensive end Whitney Mercilus landing in the first round of the 2012 draft (after...
Despite ending their first season 2-10 under first-year coach Tim Beckman, the Illinois Fighting Illini will still be well represented at the upcoming NFL Draft.
Offensive guard Hugh Thornton, defensive linemen Michael Buchanan and Akeem Spence, and cornerback Terry Hawthorne lead the group of former Illini players hoping to hear their names called at the draft, which will be conducted...
If you follow the blog or any of us on the twitter machine then you probably know that Zach is a bit of a draftnik. Today on Twitter he gave us an Atlanta Falcons mock draft based on what he believes will happen. We have stolen his tweets and if you look below you will see who he is projecting to the Falcons. Oh yeah, make sure you follow him on Twitter @GBBZach.
Coming off a 2-10 season, there will be changes in Tim Beckman's second season as Illinois coach.
Spring practice starts Tuesday after an offseason of coaching turnover.
Beckman changed much of his staff, bringing in new offensive coordinator Bill Cubit and adding new assistants on both sides of the ball.
And Illinois will play without four of the most talented players off...
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March 04, 2013
The NFL Draft is fast approaching and the Combine starts in earnest tomorrow so TFDS is finishing up our rankings for each of the positions.
Today, we look at cornerbacks,a position that the Raiders so desperately need to upgrade from 2012:
1. Dee Milliner 6’2 200 lbs Alabama
Milliner has good size and fluid hips for the position. He shows great man to man skills, pressing...
Collin Klein hoped to use the East-West Shrine Game as his first opportunity to prove he has the ability to play quarterback on the NFL level.
But the Heisman Trophy finalist and Kansas State star left the field with only more questions surrounding his game, and just a handful of months to provide potential suitors with the answers they're seeking.
Klein struggled in his first...
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January 20, 2013
Former Illinois cornerback Terry Hawthorne had a fumble recovery to set up a touchdown and an interception in the second half to help the West defeat the East 28-13 in the East-West Shrine Game on Saturday.
The West never trailed in the college showcase for NFL hopefuls and was sparked by a defense that had four turnovers, including an interception return for a score by former Kansas...
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January 19, 2013
The West roster lacked the same impressive, surprising players than the East did, but they still featured a handful of under-the-radar guys that likely will force teams to go back and watch more film. Names like Keith Pough, Khalid Wooten, and Caleb Schrebeis are the ones to learn, as well as which FBS players stepped up.
Check here for the players who moved up boards, who moved...
The final of our Shrine Game previews, the West defense features some of the most intriguing prospects in the entire event as well as plenty of defensive line and cornerback depth, two positions that always are the focus of NFL teams.
Travis Johnson won’t be under-rated for long after this week, Keith Pough will work to take his FCS production to the next level, fellow FCS...
Oh how things can change in a week. This time last week, people were trying to figure out how the BCS world would cope with having three undefeated teams and figuring out which of those teams deserved spots in the BCS National Chamionship. Now, Notre Dame is the lone undefeated remaining after losses by Kansas State and Oregon, and we are now faced with the strong possibility of...
Purdue (4-6, 1-5) at Illinois (2-8, 0-6) (Saturday, 3:30pm ET on BTN)
Line: Purdue - 7
Last Meeting: 2011 (21-14 Purdue Win)
3 Players to Watch:
1) Terry Hawthorne (DB Illinois): It's Senior Day for the Illini and Hawthorne has been one of the brightest bright spots in an otherwise ugly season to say the least. He's got 3tfl's and 1 sack to go along with 6...
The Associated Press Illinois quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase has taken a beating this season, one like no other Big Ten quarterback.
The Illini (2-7, 0-5 Big Ten) have given up 32 sacks, 10 more than any other team in the conference. Scheelhaase has been on the receiving end of most of those, and it's shown.
The junior has missed part or all of four games with an ankle injury...
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November 05, 2012
Football is a fast-paced game. But sometimes it's worth delaying the action if it means getting the right call.
Replay officials were once again the focus on Saturday, with one clear example of how an official made the right call and another that deserved a second look.
Let's start with the good . . .
During the second quarter of the high-scoring West Virginia vs. Texas...
1. DeMarcus Milliner, Alabama Grade-1st Round2. Johnthan Banks, Miss. State Grade-1st Round3. David Amerson, NC State Grade-1st Round4. Johnny Adams, Michigan State Grade-1st Round5. Carrington Byndom, Texas Grade-1st Round6. Xavier Rhodes, FSU Grade-1st Round7. Terry Hawthorne, Illinois Grade-3rd Round8. Desmond Trufant, Washington Grade-3rd Round9. Justin Gilbert...
(Updates. With AP Photos.) By DAVID MERCER Associated Press New Illinois coach Tim Beckman knows from experience that Western Michigan likes to put the ball in the air.
Beckman said Tuesday that the key to defending the Broncos in Saturday's season opener will be to keep fresh legs on the field - he just doesn't know if he has the depth on defense to do it. At least he has...
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August 29, 2012
Another day, another Big Ten preview. Unlike Jamie’s last entry, which made a fan base yearn to gloss over the ensuring football season in hopes of hitting the hardwood, this one will focus on football – both for your benefit and Illinois faithful. Previously, I took a look at Wisconsin as well as the Big Ten’s adopted child – who doesn’t want to admit it is part of the...
It's Day 2 of the B1G Countdown to Kickoff Series and after taking a look at the Gophers on Friday we kicked off the 1st full week of action by talking about our first Leaders Division foe, the Fighting Illini of Illinois. Joining us on the show was guest Bob Asmussen of the Champaign News-Gazette and IlliniHQ.com. You can also find Bob on Twitter @BobAsmussen for the best...
2011 Record: (7-6, 2-6 in Big Ten)
Head Coach: Tim Beckman (first year at Illinois, 21-16 All-Time)
Coaches by the Numbers Hiring Grade: B-
Last Bowl Game: 2011 Fight Hunger Bowl: beat UCLA 20-14
2012 Schedule Link
Must Win: 9/1 vs WMU, 9/15 vs Charleston Southern, 9/22 vs Louisiana Tech, 10/27 vs Indiana, 11/10 vs Minnesota
The Fighting Illini football team lacks depth in the defensive backfield. Fortunately, redshirt freshman Eaton Spence is coming along to back up senior starter Terry Hawthorne. The Floridian will learn from the senior and be ready for a starting role next year.
The Fighting Illini football team overcame a six game losing streak and loss of its head coach by beating UCLA in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl Saturday in San Francisco. The offense continued to struggle at times, but it did enough to earn the win as the defense was dominant. Terry Hawthorne's pick six reversed a deficit to give the Illini the momentum needed to win the game.
UCLA players walked off the field at AT&T Park, through the tunnel and into the wrong side of the program's proud history.
With coach Rick Neuheisel already fired, interim man Mike Johnson on the sideline and successor Jim Mora watching from the stands, an already odd postseason appearance for the Pac-12's prime punchline came with low expectations.
Even those proved...
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December 31, 2011
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Terry Hawthorne returned an interception 39 yards for Illinois' first touchdown late in the third quarter and the Illini snapped a six-game losing streak by beating UCLA 20-14 in the Fight Hunger Bowl.
Nathan Scheelhaase added a 60-yard touchdown pass to A.J. Jenkins midway through the fourth quarter to seal the first victory for Illinois (7-6) since beating...