Chicago Colleges: Supo Sanni

Illinois' Sanni out to compete until the end

November, 21, 2012
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Damen Jackson/Icon SMIDefensive back Supo Sanni will wrap up a five-year career at Illinois this weekend.
Olatunji Sanni remembers distinctly returning home one summer from college to find his youngest brother, Supo Sanni, had grown four inches, now standing 6-foot-3.

Supo, who ranges from 4 to 7 years younger than his brother and two sisters, was no longer so easy to beat up on and defeat in anything they played in and out of their Chicago Heights, Ill. home.

“We were competing against a little big brother,” Olatunji said through laughter.

Olatunji couldn’t believe how much Supo had developed before his eyes, and now Supo has done it again. Come Saturday, Supo will complete a five-year football career with Illinois, and again his older brother is astonished how much he has grown as a person and player in that time.

“I’ve been most surprised and amazed how quickly he was able to (have success at Illinois),” Olatunji said. “He comes from parents who made sure we were really sharp at things. It’s all about efficiency. I’m amazed by his efficiency to learn things and get better.”

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Sanni: Success will come with Beckman

November, 20, 2012
Tim BeckmanBradley Leeb/US PresswireIt has not been an easy season for Tim Beckman, whose team has lost eight straight.
Illinois senior defensive back Supo Sanni said Tuesday the Illini deserve to be criticized for their play this season, but their fans need to be patient with first-year coach Tim Beckman.

Illinois fans have been critical of Beckman this season as the Illini have gone 2-9 overall and 0-7 in the Big Ten. The Illini are currently on an eight-game losing streak and have been outscored 283-104 during that span. They play their final game of the season against rival Northwestern on Saturday.

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Spring game preview: Illinois

April, 13, 2012
Seven Big Ten teams hold their spring games Saturday, and we're taking a closer look at each one of them.

Next up: The annual Orange and Blue Spring Game at Illinois. Here are all the vitals:

When: 3 p.m. ET (2 p.m. local time), Saturday

Where: Memorial Stadium

Admission: Free. All seating will be in the east stands. Free parking is available in the lots surrounding the stadium and Assembly Hall.

TV: The game will be streamed live on both BTN2Go and the Big Ten Digital Network. The Big Ten Network will broadcast the game on tape-delay at 7 p.m. ET Sunday.

Weather forecast: Partly cloudy with scattered thunderstorms possible, temperatures between 66-76 degrees, 50 percent chance of rain, winds at 19-20 mph.

What to watch for: Illinois should have one of the more entertaining spring games in the Big Ten. New head coach Tim Beckman said players will approach it "as if it's a real game." The team's seniors were divided into two groups and drafted teams earlier this week. The game will be played with a normal clock in the first half and a running clock in the second half (except if the game is close in the final two minutes). Another unique tidbit: Beckman will go into the stands and select Illinois students to call two plays per half for both teams.

Beckman wants to put on a show for the fans, who should get a decent sense of the new systems Illinois is using on both sides of the ball. The Illini are employing an up-tempo spread attack on offense, and it will be interesting to see how quarterbacks Nathan Scheelhaase and Reilly O'Toole are adjusting. There are depth issues at both wide receiver and running back, and Illinois is bolstering the spots with players such as Miles Osei, a reserve quarterback who could see time at both receiver and running back Saturday, and starting cornerback Terry Hawthorne, who will see time at receiver. Another defensive back, Justin Green, is being used as a running back. Top wideout Darius Millines (foot) is out, so plenty of others will have opportunities to make plays.

The changes aren't as dramatic on defense, as coordinator Tim Banks uses a similar scheme to his predecessor, Vic Koenning. Illinois looks very strong in the defensive front seven, and coaches have praised players such as Michael Buchanan, Jonathan Brown and Justin Staples. Safeties Supo Sanni and Steve Hull, both projected starters, are out for the game.

Illinois safety Sanni out for season

August, 26, 2010
Illinois projected starting safety Supo Sanni will miss the entire 2010 season after rupturing his Achilles tendon in Wednesday's practice, the team announced on Thursday.

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