Steelers select CB Terry Hawthorne in 5th round

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  |  Discuss

Steelers 2013 Fifth Round Draft Pick – Illinois CB Terry Hawthorne

The Pittsburgh Steelers have selected Illinois cornerback Terry Hawthorne with their fifth round pick of the 2013 NFL draft. http://www.nfl.com/draft/2013/profiles/terry-hawthorne?id=2539238 OVERVIEW 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...
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April 27, 2013  |  Discuss

Change ahead for Illinois, but how much unclear

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  |  Discuss

2013 NFL Draft: Ranking the Cornerbacks

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...
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February 19, 2013  |  Discuss

West rides TOs to 28-13 Shrine win

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  |  Discuss

West rides turnovers to 28-13 win in Shrine Game

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  |  Discuss

2013 Shrine Game: West Roster Stock Up/Down, Highest Rated, and “Starting Rosters”

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...
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January 17, 2013  |  Discuss

2013 Shrine Game Preview: West Defense

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...
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January 13, 2013  |  Discuss

NFL Draft Prospects To Watch: Week 13

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...
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November 23, 2012  |  Discuss

DD's Pigskin Preview: Purdue @ Illinois

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...
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November 16, 2012  |  Discuss

Illini QB takes a beating, sees attack limited

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  |  Discuss

Reviews bug, but bad calls are worse

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...
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October 07, 2012  |  Discuss

Beckman: Illini depth to be tested by Broncos

(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  |  Discuss

B1G Countdown to Kickoff - Illini Edition

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...
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August 13, 2012  |  Discuss

2012 Pre-Season Preview: Illinois Fighting Illini

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 2011 Preview   Schedule Glimpse: 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 Swing Games...
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July 03, 2012  |  Discuss

Illinois beats UCLA 20-14 in Fight Hunger Bowl

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  |  Discuss

UCLA falls to Illinois in Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl

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...
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December 31, 2011  |  Discuss

Illinois snaps six-game losing streak

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 Indiana 12 weeks...
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December 31, 2011  |  Discuss
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