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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

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


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