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Illinois redshirt sophomore QB Wes Lunt completed 35 of 50 attempts for 456 yards, three touchdowns and an interception in the school's 42-34 win over Western Kentucky.

Lunt's interception was poorly timed after the Hilltoppers returned a fumble for a touchdown. The poor pass was on a crossing route in the left third of the field, as Lunt did not see the closing defensive back. Other than that, Lunt has made quit a statement as Illinois' starter.
Sep 6 - 5:46 PM

Illinois redshirt sophomore QB Wes Lunt completed 24 of 38 attempts for 284 yards and four touchdowns in the school's 28-17 win over Youngstown State

Lunt, a Oklahoma State transfer, was forced to sit out last season during his first year with the Illini. The wait paid off. We have not seen a single snap of this game, but the box score was impressive.
Aug 30 - 6:37 PM

Redshirt sophomore Wes Lunt has won Illinois' starting QB job.

Lunt transferred from Oklahoma State prior to last season. The redshirt sophomore was competing with senior Reilly O'Toole and sophomore Aaron Bailey. Back in 2012, Lunt was the first true freshman to starting the Oklahoma State's opening game since 1950. He completed 62 percent of his passes while registering six touchdowns and seven interceptions in six games during his lone season with the Cowboys.
Aug 20 - 1:53 PM

Illinois junior LB Mike Svetina will miss 8-10 weeks with a broken foot.

Svetina already underwent surgery on the "clear fracture." The linebacker started 11 games last year at the STAR spot after starting five during his true freshman season. B.J. Bello will take over as the starter in the meantime.
Source: CSN Chicago
Aug 8 - 9:10 AM

Illinois senior TE Jon Davis "flashes much of what the NFL wants in today’s tight end," writes TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

"[Davis is] a big pass catcher who can get down the field and create mismatches," Pauline wrote. "His play is sporadic and Davis needs to pull together a productive season for any chance of being drafted in 2015." Davis, who stands 6-foot-3 and 240 pounds, runs a 4.68 forty. We like his athleticism, but need to see improvement on the field in 2014 -- Davis isn't big or strong enough to underachieve again.
Aug 7 - 6:06 PM

Illinois senior TE Jon Davis is a "versatile and athletic" prospect, writes CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

"After flashing exciting potential as a true freshman in 2011, Davis has yet to take his game to the next level and has left fans and evaluators wanting more," Brugler wrote. "He doesn't have ideal size and strength for the position, but is versatile and athletic and has a chance to impress as a senior if he can find consistency." Davis, who stands 6-foot-3 and 240 pounds, runs a 4.68 forty.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 25 - 10:53 PM

Indiana senior S Mark Murphy's ability to play special teams will earn him a shot at the next level, CBS Sports' Dane Brugler believes.

Murphy enters his final season of eligibility having already made 31 career starts, and he's tallied an impressive 230 tackles over those three seasons. "He is much better downhill than in deep coverage, but has a special teams mentality that will get him noticed," Brugler wrote. The 6-foot-1, 210-pound Murphy has been timed at 4.63 in the forty.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 25 - 9:21 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler says Illinois junior DT Jihad Ward is a "name is one to file away for the 2016 NFL Draft."

Ward is a massive and rangy 6-foot-7, 288-pound prospect. "Another JUCO transfer who could make noise for Illinois in 2014, Ward played the last two years at Global Institute of Technology in New York where he became one of the top-rated JUCO recruits," Brugler wrote. "He has a lot of developing to do, but his name is one to file away for the 2016 NFL Draft."
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 25 - 9:06 PM

Illinois junior WR Geronimo Allison has turned heads in practice, according to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

The 6-foot-3, 185-pounder from Iowa Western CC was named one of the country's top JUCO transfers by NFL.com last month. Brugler passes along that he hasn't disappointed Illini coaches. "Although he's only been in town for a few months, Allison's skinny, but athletic skill-set has already turned heads and he is expected to be one of the team's top targets this fall," he wrote. Allison collected 69 catches for 872 yards and eight touchdowns last season for IWCC. He didn't start playing football until his senior year in high school.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 25 - 8:50 PM

Illinois senior safety Zane Petty is "more of an undrafted prospect right now," according to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

"He is rangy with the foot quickness to attack downhill, drop in coverage or recover after false steps. But he needs to improve his anticipation and decision-making when making a play on the ball, too often waiting for the play to develop before committing his momentum. Considered more of an undrafted prospect right now, Petty is one of the few seniors on this roster worth watching for the 2015 NFL Draft," Brugler wrote. Petty originally began his career at Colorado State where his father starred before playing with the Denver Broncos. The 6-foot-1, 205 pound safety played in 12 games and started the final seven, ranking fourth on the team in tackles with 75, and had at least eight tackles in five starts for the Illini last season.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 25 - 8:31 AM

From a physical standpoint, Junior QB Wes Lunt "has the size, arm strength and athleticism that intrigues next level evaluators," according to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

"From a physical standpoint, Lunt has the size, arm strength and athleticism that intrigues next level evaluators and if he can lead an Illinois squad (without much NFL talent) to some success, it will only help his pro profile," Brugler wrote. The former four-star recruit transferred from Oklahoma State and ended up sitting out last season due to transfer rules. The 6-foot-5, 210 pound QB enters this year as the projected starter for the Fighting Illini, but he'll have to lead an offense without four of the top-five receivers from a year ago.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 23 - 8:59 AM

NFL.com believes Illinois junior WR Geronimo Allison is a JUCO transfer to watch this fall.

The 6-foot-3, 185-pounder from Iowa Western CC enters a wide open competition for playing time at wide receiver. Allison collected 69 catches for 872 yards and eight touchdowns last season for IWCC. He didn't start playing football until his senior year in high school, so there's more upside to be mined for Illini coaches.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 4 - 4:29 PM

Illinois senior OL Corey Lewis played through a torn ACL in 2013.

He didn't even realize that he'd done so until a postseason MRI revealed that his ACL had completely torn for the fourth time. Lewis said the knee hadn't felt right since training camp. Lewis' doctor Thomas Klootwyk believes he played the entire season without an ACL. "I felt that if I could play, there was no reason to MRI it and get shut down if something came out of the MRI," Lewis said. "I just wanted to play my last season." Said coach Tim Beckman: "It kind of astonishes you, because he did play well." Lewis still hopes to play in the NFL, but this setback won't help in that pursuit. "I'm giving it my shot," he said. "I think I'll be ready for training camp."
Jan 30 - 5:01 PM

Illinois starting sophomore CB V'Angelo Bentley is considered questionable for Saturday's game against Penn State.

Bentley is also the team's returner. Despite this only being his second season with the school, Bentley has plenty of playing experience. The Nittany Lions have posted big passing numbers this season, so Bentley's absence could be critical.
Fri, Nov 1, 2013 10:29:00 AM

Illinois junior QB Nathan Scheelhasse's father has been banned from campus for a year after his arrest at Saturday's game.

Nathan Creer was arrested after an argument involving at least five people at Memorial Stadium during the Illini's game against Michigan State. "(Creer) resisted and obstructed the officer's efforts to remove him from the incident," university police Chief Jeff Christensen said. "He became somewhat aggressive with the officer." Alcohol appeared to be a factor, according to Christensen. "(Nathan Scheelhaase is) a great young man and I know he'll be able to work through the situation," Illinois football coach Tim Beckman said. "Nathan can (only) control what Nathan can control."
Source: ESPN.com
Tue, Oct 29, 2013 07:09:00 PM


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