Posts tagged "a.j. jenkins"

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 »

Illini Nip Cats on Final Play: Now Chicago's True Big Ten Team?

Illini Nip Cats on Final Play: Now Chicago's True Big Ten Team?
It was a week where one school’s marketing slogan became a motivational rallying cry for the other school in the state. Northwestern has been promoting themselves as “Chicago’s Big Ten Team” for a season and half, and today Illinois made stated pretty loudly how they felt about it. Quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase scored a 1-yard touchdown... Read more »

#22 Illinois vs. Northwestern: Brutally Honest Game Preview

#22 Illinois vs. Northwestern: Brutally Honest Game Preview
Big Ten conference play begins with the annual in-state rivalry game between the Northwestern Wildcats and Illinois Fighting Illini. It does feel a little weird not having this game played on the last week of the season, when all the other intrastate, intra-region bloodfeud games are held.  But last year it was such a special... Read more »
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Illini vs. #18/22 Arizona State: Brutally Honest Game Preview

Illini vs. #18/22 Arizona State: Brutally Honest Game Preview
I understand why Illinois isn’t nationally ranked, but not even a single vote? Seriously, I know that was a FCS team the Illini dismantled, but not a vote in either poll? They lead the nation in third-down efficiency, converting 21-of-29 (.724) third downs during the first two weeks- That’s a very important stat! They can... Read more »

Illini Have #1 & #2 Receivers, Need Ryan Lankford to Become #3

Illini Have #1 & #2 Receivers, Need Ryan Lankford to Become #3
Illinois Fighting Illini WR Ryan Lankford was the team’s most improved player this spring practice session. But he didn’t have a catch on Saturday in the big 33-15 win over Arkansas State. Someone preferably Lankford needs to become Illinois’ third option. Quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase threw for a career-best 267 yards. His 16 completions went to... Read more »

Jason Ford Needs to be Illini Football BMOC

When Rashard Mendenhall left the Illinois Fighting Illini with a year of eligibility left in 2007, for the NFL Draft, Illinois suffered the next year. Aside from that whole “planes cannot take down a building” tweets of idiocy and the sponsorship pullout that followed, things have gone pretty well for the Pittsburgh Steelers and Mendenhall.... Read more »
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#38 Illinois Fighting Illini: College Football 77 in 77

If there’s one thing I know in life, it’s that Illinois college football never ever conforms to your expectations. No one saw their two BcS appearances coming (2001, 2007); and since they followed both seasons up with sub .500 choking, both these bowl appearances are now looked upon as fluky. Whenever Illinois has been predicted... Read more »

Illini Need Ryan Lankford, Darius Millines to Step Up at WR

Illinois Fighting Illini WR Ryan Lankford was the team’s most improved player this spring. And if these trends continue, he could become Illinois’ third option. A.J. Jenkins, who had 746 yards and 7 TDs last season, made the Biletnikoff watch list; he’s the #1. Darius Millines, who had a big catch in the Texas Bowl... Read more »

A.J. Jenkins looking like Illinois' top Receiver

Last year around this time, college football experts were proclaiming the Illinois Fighting Illini receiving corps to be the best in the Big Ten, and among the best in the nation. Well, the Illini finished 10th in passing in the conference out of 11 teams and stumbled to a 3-9 record. So it’s safe to... Read more »
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