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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 »

Illinois Fighting Ilini Season Preview: Offense

Last year the Illinois Fighting Illini got a bowl win for the first time since 1999, a 38-14 drubbing of Baylor in Houston that kind of resembled their last bowl win, a 63-21 destruction of Virginia. The offense got very hot down the stretch last season, so hot that the unit set new records for... 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 »

Can Jason Ford Fill in For Mikel Leshoure at RB for Illinois?

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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Rashard Mendenhall: Chicago Product to Star in Super Bowl

Pittsburgh Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall was “kind of a big deal” coming out of Niles West high school. As a five-star prospect, he was rated the No. 1 recruit in the state of Illinois by Scout.com He committed to Ron Turner and the Illini where re-wrote the Illinois single season rushing record book. Taken... Read more »

Mikel Leshoure to Announce NFL Draft Decision Tue 10 AM

Illini junior running back Mikel Leshoure will hold a news conference tomorrow at his alma mater, Champaign Centennial high school, to announce whether he will stay in his hometown to play Big Ten football for another season, or if he will instead enter the NFL Draft. We’ll know for sure by about 10 a.m.CT Tuesday... Read more »

Illini RB Mikel Leshoure named 2nd team All-American

Illini junior running back Mikel Leshoure was named to the Associated Press All-America second team and redshirt-freshman defensive tackle Akeem Spence earned first-team Freshman All-America honors by Rivals.com Tuesday. It is the third such honor for Leshoure, along with a third-team selection by Rivals.com and an honorable mention laurel by Sports Illustrated, and Spence’s first... Read more »
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Illini Mikel Leshoure Takes Home National Player of Week Awards

Illinois Fighting Illini running back Mikel Leshoure is to this week’s national player of the week college football awards what Ohio State’s Evan Turner was to last year’s college basketball player of the year awards. Leshoure was named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week, Walter Camp Foundation National Player of the Week, Rivals.com National... Read more »
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