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Former Illinois QB Nathan Scheelhaase has been hired to the school's staff as an assistant director of football operations.

Scheelhaase was offered the job last year and declined, leading to the hiring of another former Illini QB Juice Williams. Many times a position like this leads to a full-time assistant role, or the player moves on to another job in a year or two.
May 19 - 12:29 PM

Former Illinois defensive back Nick North said Illini head coach Tim Beckman "takes the cake as the worst coach I ever met."

The story is a doozy. North tore a PCL and then developed a cyst on his knee. He alleges that Beckman and his staff forced him to continue practicing hard on the bum knee. North's mom claims the school refused to pay for a pair of MRIs, though to be fair NCAA rules don't require them to do so. According to North, Beckman wanted him to sign a document releasing him from his scholarship, and when North wouldn't do so he was suspended. "He suspended me for a couple of days (in the fall of 2013)," North said. "For two weeks I took a drug test every day. He was blatantly trying to find something to kick me off the team." Two former Toledo players said that Beckman also threatened to yank scholarships at Toledo. We were surprised when Illinois decided to bring Beckman back in 2015. He might need eight wins next season to keep his post.
May 12 - 10:06 PM

Illinois sophomore WR Mike Dudek tore his ACL during spring activities.

ESPN's Brett McMurphy passes along word that Dudek's timetable to return is October. It is a major loss for the Illini, as Dudek caught 76 passes for 1,038 yards and six touchdowns. The injury occurred during practice.
May 7 - 10:50 AM

Illinois junior to be QB Aaron Bailey is expected to transfer.

The news comes on the heels of Wes Lunt being named the starter for the 2015 season. Bailey saw time in 14 games over two seasons, passing for 122 yards, two touchdowns and an interception.
Source: ESPN
Feb 10 - 10:08 AM

Illinois freshman WR Mike Dudek is a "burgeoning star," according to

With 69 catches for 965 yards and six touchdowns this season, Dudek has been one of the most productive freshmen in the nation. The early breakthrough has been a surprise, as Dudek was merely a three-star recruit by, Rivals, Scout and 247Sports. He's only 5-foot-11, 185 pounds, but Dudek has proved difficult for Big 10 corners to cover in 2014. Louisiana Tech's secondary will give it a try on Friday.
Fri, Dec 26, 2014 01:11:00 PM

Brett McMurphy of reports that Illinois will retain head coach Tim Beckman in 2015.

Under Beckman's watch, the Illini have improved from two wins his first year to four in 2013, and then six (and bowl eligibility) in 2014. Illinois' six losses were mostly blowouts in 2014, so Beckman will have to take another step forward next season to spare himself the firing squad again.
Sun, Nov 30, 2014 05:47:00 PM

Illinois senior QB Reilly O'Toole will likely start against Northwestern rather than Wes Lunt.

It will be O'Toole's fifth start of the season. He has completed 58 percent of his passes for 902 yards and six touchdowns to go with six interceptions. The Illini have not produced consistent quarterback play this year.
Sat, Nov 29, 2014 11:28:00 AM

Illinois redshirt sophomore QB Wes Lunt completed 14 of 25 attempts for 102 yards and a touchdown in the school's 30-14 loss to Iowa.

Illinois was terrible in this one, and Lunt didn't help. A yards per attempts average of 4.1 is just atrocious. Lunt is draft-eligible, but his play certainly does not make it seem like he should make the NFL jump yet.
Sat, Nov 15, 2014 03:11:00 PM

Illinois redshirt sophomore QB Wes Lunt (ankle) will play against Iowa on Saturday.

Lunt fractured his fibula against Purdue in early October. He's made steady progress in rehab and will be ready to return for the Fighting Illini when they face the Hawkeyes this weekend. In his first five games, Lunt averaged 313 passing yards per game. Prior to the injury, he had thrown 13 touchdowns to three interceptions. "Now that I'm comfortable with putting weight on [the leg], it's no big deal," Lunt said. He wasn't worried about getting hit again. "That's football. I've been hurt multiple times. I know how to get back in the game."
Mon, Nov 10, 2014 07:09:00 PM

Illinois redshirt sophomore QB Wes Lunt (ankle) is expected to return to the field against Iowa on November 15.

Lunt, who suffered a fractured fibula earlier this month against Purdue, has shed his crutches and started a throwing routine. "Great. Awesome," Illini HC Todd Beckman said of Lunt. "We feel like there is a great possibility [for him] to be back after the open [week]." Senior Reilly O'Toole has completed 127-of-191 passes for 1,569 yards, 15 touchdowns, and five interceptions in Lunt's absence.
Mon, Oct 27, 2014 10:19:00 PM

Illinois redshirt sophomore QB Wes Lunt has shed his crutches and has started throwing.

Lunt suffered a fractured fibula a couple of weeks ago. Senior Reilly O'Toole and sophomore Aaron Bailey will run a two quarterback system until Lunt returns, which could be in two to four weeks if the original timeline is correct.
Source: USA Today
Tue, Oct 21, 2014 10:16:00 AM

Illinois redshirt sophomore QB Wes Lunt suffered a fractured fibula in Saturday's loss to Purdue and will miss the next four-to-six weeks.

Lunt exited the contest in the fourth quarter after being sacked by Boilermaker star DE Ryan Russell. The Oklahoma State transfer, who is 127-of-192 for 1,569 yards with a 13/3 TD/INT rate, leads the Big Ten in passing yards per game at 313.8. "I’m very disappointed for Wes, his family and the Fighting Illini family, but I know we all will respond to this situation in a positive way," head coach Tim Beckman said in a statement. "He’s having an outstanding season and we’re very hopeful to have him back on the field for the final three games. We are fortunate to have two bye weeks coming up so the games Wes will have to miss are as limited as possible. We have a lot of confidence in Reilly O’Toole and Aaron Bailey as we prepare for our upcoming game against Wisconsin."
Mon, Oct 6, 2014 01:58:00 AM

Illinois redshirt sophomore QB Wes Lunt completed 27 of 39 attempts for 332 yards and two touchdowns in the school's 38-27 loss to Purdue.

Lunt did leave the game late in the fourth quarter with an injury. After starting the season winning three of their first four, Illinois has lost two straight with Wisconsin and Ohio State still on the schedule.
Sat, Oct 4, 2014 03:23:00 PM

Illinois redshirt sophomore QB Wes Lunt is set to return to the starting lineup this weekend versus Purdue, according to NBC's College Football Talk.

Against Texas State, the 6-foot-5, 225-pound Lunt suffered a minor injury to his right knee and it was diagnosed as a knee sprain. In Lunt's absence, QB Reilly O’Toole completed only 17-of-38 passes and tossed three interceptions versus Nebraska. In four games, Lunt has completed 65 percent of his passes, passing for 1237 yards, while throwing 11 touchdowns versus three interceptions.
Fri, Oct 3, 2014 04:11:00 PM

Illinois redshirt sophomore QB Wes Lunt is expected to start against Purdue after recovering from a sprained knee.

Fill in quarterback Reilly O’Toole got "beat up a little bit" against Nebraska, according to coach Tim Beckman. The team is even considering burning Aaron Bailey's redshirt if it comes to that. Lunt has played well in his first year as Illinois' starter, however.
Tue, Sep 30, 2014 01:40:00 PM

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