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Illinois redshirt senior TE Nate Echard has been ruled out for the remainder of the season due to a torn ACL.

Echard injured his knee against Western Kentucky in the second week of the season and has yet to play in a game since that win over the Hilltoppers. The 6-foot-2, 245-pounder's collegiate career is now likely done. He caught 10 passes for 74 yards during his time with the Illini.
Nov 14 - 7:52 PM

Illinois freshman TE Louis Dorsey hauled in three receptions for 107 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's loss against Indiana.

The highlight of his afternoon, and really the highlight for the entire day for Illinois, was his 77-yard scoring connection with Jeff George Jr. in the third quarter. Dorsey has scored in back-to-back games for the first time in his collect career. The Illini need a playmaker and they appear to have discovered a good one in the freshman from Jacksonville.
Nov 11 - 4:11 PM

Illinois junior WR Malik Turner (undisclosed) was ruled out for Saturday's game against Indiana.

Turner suffered the injury earlier this month against Purdue. With Turner down and Mikey Dudek ruled out for the year, the Illini are decimated at receiver.
Nov 11 - 12:02 PM

Illinois redshirt junior WR Mike Dudek (undisclosed) has been ruled out for the season.

The receiver dealt with a number of injuries during his collegiate career, including tearing his right ACL twice. This time Illinois is calling it an "internal" injury. Dudek ends the season with 24 catches for 262 yards and a score through seven games.
Nov 11 - 11:57 AM

Illinois coach Lovie Smith announced that freshman QB Cam Thomas "probably won't play" Saturday against Indiana.

Thomas started last week's game against Purdue. He suffered an undisclosed injury in that one and left the field late in the game. In only three appearances (one start), Thomas has run for 187 yards on 34 carries. While exciting on the ground, he's struggled through the air, going 14-of-35 for 236 yards and a 0/3 TD/INT rate.
Nov 10 - 5:49 PM

Illinois coach Lovie Smith announced that sophomore QB Jeff George Jr. will start Saturday's game against Indiana.

The news comes in conjunction with the revelation that Cam Thomas likely won't play against the Hoosiers due to an injury. George has struggled this year, completing 52.3-percent of his passes for 1,012 yards and a 5/8 TD/INT ratio.
Nov 10 - 5:10 PM

Illinois DC Hardy Nickerson has taken leave of the team following his mother passing.

Illini HC Lovie Smith addressed Nickerson's leave during his Monday press conference. It's unknown at this time whether the defensive coordinator will be back with the team in time for Saturday's game against Indiana. If Nickerson is not available to coach during that contest, Smith may take on a larger handling of defensive play calling.
Source: 247Sports
Nov 7 - 10:34 PM

Illinois senior RB Kendrick Foster racked up 73 rushing yards on 17 attempts in Saturday's loss at Purdue and he added two receptions for 46 yards.

It was a subpar day for the Illini offense, as they were only able to muster 250 total yards from scrimmage to 435 for Purdue. After a slow start to the season, Foster is starting to pick up steam. He is averaging 4.3 yards per carry over the past two games while totaling 185 yards from scrimmage with a score.
Nov 4 - 3:39 PM

Illinois junior WR Malik Turner will not return to Saturday's game against Purdue due to an undisclosed injury.

Just what Turner is dealing with is unclear. Expect Illinois to pass along an update on his status in due time. The junior earned All-Big Ten honorable mention last season.
Nov 4 - 2:41 PM

Illinois redshirt junior WR Mike Dudek has been ruled out for the remainder of Saturday's game against Wisconsin due to an undisclosed injury.

Health has been an issue for Dudek throughout his career, as he has twice torn his right ACL. We'll pass along updates as they become available as to this new injury concern.
Oct 28 - 2:21 PM

Illinois freshman CB Tony Adams will miss the remainder of the season due to a shoulder injury.

Adams (6'0/190) injured his shoulder against Iowa. The three-star freshman had recorded eight tackles, a sack and an interception prior to suffering that season-ender.
Source: Scout.com
Oct 17 - 8:59 PM

Illinois sophomore QB Jeff George Jr. completed 20 of 38 attempts for 308 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions in the school's 35-24 loss to Rutgers.

Illinois is now 0 for 3 in conference games. It is not going well for Lovie Smith and company. Add on top running back Mike Epstein likely missing the rest of the season, and George Jr. will need to carry the offense for the final games.
Oct 14 - 4:16 PM

Illinois freshman RB Mike Epstein is expected to miss the remainder of the season with a foot injury, per beat writer Jeremy Werner.

Epstein is obviously out for Saturday's game against Rutgers and head coach Lovie Smith is expected to address the injury after the contest. Epstein emerged as a starter in just his first season and rushed for 346 yards and three touchdowns with the game against Western Kentucky being his best. Fellow freshman Ra'Von Bonner appears to be the backup.
Source: Scout
Oct 14 - 12:36 PM

Illinois sophomore QB Jeff George Jr. completed 22-of-45 passes for 246 yards and three interceptions in Saturday's loss to Iowa.

George Jr. (6'3/215) wasn't given an easy assignment in his first start after taking over for Chayce Crouch. Not surprisingly, he struggled against Iowa's stout defense. Illinois takes on Rutgers next. Whether George or Crouch starts, we'll wait and see.
Oct 7 - 5:47 PM

Illinois sophomore QB Jeff George Jr. will start at quarterback on Saturday against Iowa.

George Jr. (6-3/215) takes over for Chayce Crouch, who simply struggled to move the Fighting Illini offense with his inaccuracy and poor decision-making. In relief of Crouch against USF on 9/15, he completed 12-of-22 passes for 215 yards with a touchdown and an interception.
Oct 2 - 5:26 PM


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