Illinois has already hosted NFL scouts from double-digit franchises in practices this summer.
Illinois senior DL Jihad Ward will miss at least the first two games of the season after undergoing minor surgery.
Fox Sports' Bruce Feldman warns college football viewers to watch out for Illinois senior DL Jihad Ward.
NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter projects Illinois senior G Ted Karras to get drafted if he stays healthy this fall.
Illinois sophomore DE Paul James III has withdrawn from the school.
Illinois redshirt senior RB Josh Ferguson "isn't the biggest back in the draft class, but his explosiveness and elusiveness are perfect for teams looking for a dual threat in the backfield," notes NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter.
llinois redshirt senior RB Josh Ferguson is "a shifty third down back that's very effective catching the ball out of the backfield," TFY Draft Insider Tony Pauline notes.
Regarding Illinois senior DT Jihad Ward's move from receiver/safety to the defensive line in JUCO, NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter writes that "the sky's the limit once he really knows what to do with his size and strength."
Due to the injury of Mikey Dudek, ESPN's Brian Bennett suggests that Illinois junior WR Geronimo Allison may crack the 1,000-receiving yard barrier this year.
Illinois redshirt junior QB Wes Lunt has "physical traits" that "immediately attracts the attention of pro scouts, consistently making NFL throw after NFL throw," CBS Sports' Dane Brugler observes.
CBS Sports' Dane Brugler believes Illinois senior CB V'Angelo Bentley "has football speed, smarts and swagger that will appeal to the next level."
Illinois redshirt senior Josh Ferguson "is much more talented than what it says on paper," CBS Sports' Dane Brugler observes.
NFL Media ranks Illinois senior CB V'Angelo Bentley as their No.15 versatile athletes in college football.
NFL Media ranks Illinois HC Tim Beckman as having the No. 3 hottest seat in college football.
Former Illinois QB Nathan Scheelhaase has been hired to the school's staff as an assistant director of football operations.