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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

Illinois sophomore Star LB/S Eric Finney underwent knee surgery, but did not tear his ACL as coaches had previously feared.

The JUCO transfer's knee surgery was of the arthroscopic variety and he will be sidelined for a few weeks. Finney plays the hybrid safety/outside linebacker spot and was expected to open the season as the starter. He missed the 2012 season with an undisclosed injury.
Sun, Aug 11, 2013 01:20:00 PM

Sophomore QB Wes Lunt revealed that Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy lifted transfer restrictions prior to Lunt choosing Illinois.

Gundy made news when he restricted Lunt from transferring to Big 12 and SEC schools, along with Southern Miss, the Pac-12 and Central Michigan. Apparently Gundy lifted those limitations, which included 37 schools and three of Lunt's initial top five, but the sophomore quarterback had already lost contact with the coaches of those schools.
Source: ESPN
Tue, Jun 18, 2013 01:04:00 PM

Former Oklahoma State sophomore QB Wes Lunt has decided to transfer to Illinois.

Illinois has been the favorite all along, since Lunt is from the state and former Illini transfer quarterback Jeff George spoke with the sophomore sometime in the last few weeks. The school won two of their first three games in 2012 but posted losses for the remainder of the season. Senior Nathan Scheelhaase will likely keep the starting job this year, which works for Lunt since he will have to take a redshirt. Expect to hear the former Cowboy's name leading up to the 2014 season. Lunt chose Illinois over Louisville.
Mon, Jun 17, 2013 12:47:00 PM

ESPN's Joe Schad tweeted former Oklahoma State sophomore QB Wes Lunt's transfer decision could be made on Monday or Tuesday.

Schad added Lunt's choice will not be televised. The final two possibilities appear to be Louisville and Illinois, with the latter seemingly the favorite. However, since the decision wasn't immediate, it is tough to discount Louisville's chances.
Fri, Jun 14, 2013 11:29:00 AM

ESPN's Joe Schad tweeted former Oklahoma State sophomore QB Wes Lunt will "take some time" on his decision between Illinois and Louisville.

Lunt has recently visited both schools but has spent a larger amount of time with the Illini in the form of two trips to Champaign and meeting with former NFL quarterback Jeff George, a graduate from the school. Add on the fact that Lunt is from Illinois, and it is obvious why they have been the favorites all along. However, we think the longer this decision lasts, the better chance it gives Louisville.
Mon, Jun 10, 2013 11:09:00 AM

Former Illinois QB Jeff George met with Oklahoma State transfer QB Wes Lunt on Thursday.

Jeremy Rauch, who works for a local sports station in Illinois, believes this is a good sign for the Illini. George transferred from Purdue to Illinois during his playing days and will likely offer his advice on the matter.
Fri, Jun 7, 2013 08:44:00 AM

Former Oklahoma State sophomore QB Wes Lunt did not visit Illinois over the weekend but plans to this Thursday.

This will be Lunt's second visit to Illinois, and he seems to be doing his due diligence after taking a trip to Louisville following the first visit to Champaign. Illinois appears to be the favorite, but Louisville has had more success in recent years. Lunt will have to sit out the 2013 season regardless of his final destination.
Mon, Jun 3, 2013 12:50:00 PM

After visiting Louisville earlier in the week, former Oklahoma State sophomore QB Wes Lunt will likely "circle back to Illinois again this weekend," according to ESPN's Joe Schad.

As has been reported over the last couple of weeks, Lunt appears to have narrowed his decision down to Louisville or Illinois. The latter is closer to home, but he will have to sit out the 2013 season regardless of where he chooses to enroll. That announcement should happen next week.
Fri, May 31, 2013 12:32:00 PM

Former Oklahoma State sophomore QB Wes Lunt will visit Louisville on Tuesday.

The visit was initially reported last week, but an official date is now in place. Louisville makes sense as a destination, since current starting quarterback Teddy Bridgewater will likely jump to the NFL after the 2013 season. Lunt will have to sit out the upcoming college football season.
Sun, May 26, 2013 06:09:00 PM

ESPN's Joe Schad notes not to be surprised if former Oklahoma State sophomore QB Wes Lunt and Notre Dame reconnect after Everett Golson's departure.

Lunt is visiting Louisville on Tuesday and has been linked to Illinois in the last few weeks. Oklahoma State blocked several schools and conferences, but initial reports did not list Notre Dame among those programs. Lunt would have to sit out the 2013 season, however, due to NCAA regulations.
Sun, May 26, 2013 11:55:00 AM

Former Oklahoma State sophomore QB Wes Lunt will visit Louisville early next week.

Jeremy Rauch of ABC 20 in Illinois notes that there has been no word on if Lunt will appeal any "blocked" schools, including ones in the Big 12, SEC, and Pac-12, along with Southern Miss and Central Michigan. Louisville and Illinois appear to be the favorites at this time.
Thu, May 23, 2013 10:36:00 AM


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