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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
Oct 21 - 10:16 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."
Oct 6 - 1:58 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.
Oct 4 - 3:23 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.
Oct 3 - 4:11 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.
Sep 30 - 1:40 PM

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


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