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Saturday, August 16, 2008
A few Illini, OSU scrimmage updates


Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

I just got the statistics from Illinois' Saturday scrimmage at Memorial Stadium. Looking at the numbers, the defensive line performed well, holding the offense to 55 net rushing yards and recording 13 "sacks." But the Illini are definitely becoming more of a passing team, as three quarterbacks combined for 361 passing yards and three touchdowns. Starter Juice Williams passed for two touchdowns and no interceptions, finding Rejus Benn and Will Judson for scores. Williams also added a rushing touchdown.

The scrimmage's offensive star was true freshman running back Mikel LeShoure, who wears the same number as Rashard Mendenhall (5) and performed like him, racking up 95 rushing yards on only 14 carries with a 36-yard touchdown run. Safety Nate Bussey returned an interception for a touchdown off backup quarterback Eddie McGee. Freshman quarterback Jacob Charest completed 10 of 18 passes for 120 yards and a touchdown to classmate Cordale Scott.

For more on the Illini, check out the live blog from The (Champaign, Ill.) News-Gazette's Bob Asmussen.

Ohio State's scrimmage was closed today, but The Columbus Dispatch's Ken Gordon has some notes after talking with coach Jim Tressel. Terrelle Pryor looks to be coming on strong. Starting wideout Brian Robiskie (shoulder) sat out the scrimmage but should be back this week. Running back Beanie Wells also was held out as a precaution. Reserve running back Daniel "Boom" Herron performed well, but cornerback depth is a cause for concern with Donald Washington suspended for the first two games.

Check back late tonight and early Sunday for more scrimmage updates.