Illini secondary takes hit with Sanni injury

Illinois entered training camp feeling pretty good about its depth in the secondary, but the Illini have suffered a significant blow.

Junior Supo Sanni, projected to start at strong safety this fall, will miss the 2010 season after rupturing his Achilles tendon in practice Wednesday. Sanni is scheduled to undergo surgery today. He has a redshirt season available and will have two years of eligibility remaining.

"Supo is a great young man who was on track for an outstanding season," Illinois head coach Ron Zook said in a statement. "He was really coming into his own and I was very excited about seeing him play this year."

Sanni and junior college transfer Trulon Henry, the older brother of former Illinois star receiver Arrelious Benn, had been working as the starting safeties in camp. Senior Travon Bellamy is expected to move into Sanni's starting spot.

Sanni appeared in 11 games last fall, recording 11 tackles and a pass breakup. He looked good during the recent practice aired on the Big Ten Network.

Illinois recently moved Justin Green from running back to cornerback to help with depth in the secondary, and receiver Steve Hull also might see some work at safety.