Archive for April 2012

Illini land top 10 QB in Bolingbrook's Bailey

On a night when a couple Illinois football players were moving on to the next level, a new high profile playmaker was coming to them. On NFL Draft night (round one) Whitney Mercilus was selected by the Houston Texans and AJ Jenkins by the San Francisco 49ers. So you might have missed this story. According... Read more »

Illini Safety Tavon Wilson drafted by New England Patriots

Illini Safety Tavon Wilson drafted by New England Patriots
New England certainly needs help in their secondary. They have WRs playing DB for them that’s how short-handed they are. Remember Julian Edelman covering Anquan Boldin in the AFC Title game? Troy Brown actually played some defensive back too; even though he was a wide receiver by trade. And the Patriots legend fittingly announced this... Read more »

Illini OL Jeff Allen drafted by K.C. Chiefs

Illini OL Jeff Allen drafted by K.C. Chiefs
Four Illinois Fighting Illini were drafted in the first rounds of the 2012 NFL Draft. All of them were taken ahead of anyone from Nebraska, Penn State, Ohio State or Michigan. Yes, Illinois had four while those four traditional powerhouses had a combined goose egg. Devon Still from PSU and Lavonte David from the Huskers... Read more »
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Bulls-Sixers Playoff Series: Collins, Turner, Brand return

Bulls-Sixers Playoff Series: Collins, Turner, Brand return
Tomorrow at noon the #1 vs. #8 Chicago Bulls vs. Philadelphia 76ers playoff series tips off. This first round match-up of the NBA playoffs has a distinctive “homecoming” feel to it. Doug Collins who coached the Bulls for many years in the 1980s as Phil Jackson’s predecessor, was almost signed as the coach again in... Read more »

Illini DE Whitney Mercilus gets drafted by Houston Texans

Illini DE Whitney Mercilus gets drafted by Houston Texans
He came out of nowhere to win the Ted Hendricks Award as the best Defensive End in all of college football. He rose from obscurity to become an All-American at Illinois. Now Whitney Mercilus is a member of the Houston Texans, joining fellow Big Ten alum J.J. Watt of the Wisconsin Badgers as the men... Read more »

Notre Dame's Michael Floyd goes #13 to Arizona

Notre Dame's Michael Floyd goes #13 to Arizona
He’s passed up Golden Tate, Jeff Samardzjia and Tim Brown to claim all the major receiving records in Notre Dame history. And now Michael Floyd is a member of the Arizona Cardinals. Floyd becomes the first WR taken by the Cardinals in the first round since the team selected Larry Fitzgerald with the third overall... Read more »
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Minnesota Vikings take Notre Dame safety Harrison Smith

Minnesota Vikings take Notre Dame safety Harrison Smith
The Minnesota Vikings traded down, but then later traded back up in order to select Harrison Smith from Notre Dame. So in a busy NFL Draft night filled with trades, the Vikings were as busy as anybody It’s rare for safeties to go very high overall, but Smith was the second safety taken in this... Read more »

Illini receiver A.J. Jenkins: surprising 1st round pick by 49ers

Illini receiver A.J. Jenkins: surprising 1st round pick by 49ers
The Seattle Seahawks made the first big shocker on NFL Draft night by taking Bruce Irvin DE/OLB from West Virginia. The San Francisco 49ers created another big surprise when they took WR A.J. Jenkins out of Illinois with the 30th pick. It marks the first time two Illini have been selected in the first round... Read more »

Sixers Evan Turner wants Bulls in first round of Playoffs

Sixers Evan Turner wants Bulls in first round of Playoffs
Philadelphia 76ers guard and 2010 #2 overall pick Evan Turner is looking forward to a potential  match-up against his hometown Chicago Bulls. After Turner scored a career high 29 points on the Milwaukee Bucks last night, I asked Turner about the potential first round playoff match-up with the Bulls. “We probably match-up better with them,... Read more »
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Chicago product, '10 #2 overall pick Evan Turner finding stride with Sixers

Chicago product, '10 #2 overall pick Evan Turner finding stride with Sixers
When the Philadelphia 76ers drafted Evan Turner #2 overall out of Ohio State in 2010, they thought they were selecting a franchise cornerstone. Finishing his college basketball career with the Buckeyes, he was as highly decorated as a player can be- sweeping all the national individual awards. His rookie year did anything but live up... Read more »
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