ILLINI Season Preview

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  1. hoodlum10

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    ILLINI Season Preview

    2 years ago, the Illini football program had no expectations whatsoever. Then something special happened. After upset wins of Penn ST, Wisconsin, and Ohio ST, the Illini earned their first rose bowl berth since 1984 and just their 2nd ever BCS bowl game. That Rose Bowl didn't go too well for them, but it was definitely a step in the right direction. Last year was a completely different story. With expectations high, the Illini disappointed, taking 1 step forward and 2 steps back with a 5-7 record. This year there is a new sheriff in town, and the Illini are on the Road to Redemption.

    On paper, the Illini are as good as any team in the Big-10. Big time game breakers are there on offense, but more consistency is a must. The defense is young, but its speed and athleticism should allow them to make plays.

    OFFENSE

    - 6 returning starters
    - 19th in total offense last year
    - Led by QB Juice Williams and WR Arrelious Benn
    - O-Line must step up, ranked 71st in nation last season
    - 1 RB needs to step up and take the reigns to take pressure off Juice

    DEFENSE

    - 4 Returning starters
    - 56th in total defense last year
    - Key players are LB Martez Wilson, DT Josh Brent, and CB Dere Hicks
    - LB situation in flux, little experience
    - D-Line is strength of unit, plenty of depth there
    - Someone must step up @ the safety position

    SPECIAL TEAMS

    - Both PK and P return
    - Benn and freshmen Terry Hawthorne should provide great threats on returns

    RECRUITING CLASS

    - incoming class rated 31st nationally
    - top newcomers are WR Terry Hawthorne and DB Justin Green

    While the schedule is yet to be determined, it is known that the Illini face a tougher group of teams than last year. And the addition of Notre Dame to the Big-10 doesn’t help either. The beginning of the season is daunting, with Ohio ST, Penn ST, and Mich ST being the first 3 conference foes. As long as the Illini can win @ least 3 of their first 5, the Illini should be sitting pretty for an appearance in a solid bowl game. It is hard to get a read on this team, due to the mix of big time talent on O, inexperience on D, and last year’s disappointments. With all that having been said, I see an 8-4 season in the cards for the Illini, but I could easily see them being anywhere from 6-6 to 10-2.
     
  2. MurkYa21

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    nice work.

    I'll follow some being from Illinois.

    Josh Brent is actually from a town nearby. Bloomington, IL - Central Catholic.
    Also, I heard that he won't be playing this season because of DUI...I'm sure he is still in the game though. Dude is a beast none the less.

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  3. RubTheRock

    RubTheRock Guest

    nice write up

    Clemson preview soon
     
  4. gibby289

    gibby289 Guest

    I love it I will be using this format for my upcoming write up as well if you don't mind.
     
  5. hoodlum10

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    i too heard about the Brent dui, but hopefully he is in the game. i was just bored and figured what the hell y not i guess? feel free to use the format if you want, idc. i wont sue u for plagiarism or anything.
     
  6. smace767

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    I have already saved the format in a word doc.

    Plagiarism laws wont apply because proper credit / recognition will be given.
    Good job, and thanks in advance.
     
  7. MurkYa21

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    I ran next to him on a track once lol..

    but yeah, as a semi illini fan...that would suck!

    I was born in florida...grew up there for the most part so I have ties to FSU..


    but since Im about 25 minutes from champaign I wish well for the Illini...plus I love playing with them online..they are overrated...but underrated..

    they are an 81 but play like an 88 overall..but they probably shouldn't be that good anyway
     

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