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Running back Ke'Shawn Vaughn should be able to back up a strong freshman season given the lack of RB competition and a more run-oriented offense.
Illinois' Dawuane Smoot, a former high school hurdler, has clearly defined goals this fall: Reach double-digit sacks and be a first-round NFL pick.
Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer
Illinois defensive coordinator Hardy Nickerson said today his son, Hardy, will join the Illini as a graduate transfer linebacker in July after finishing summer school at Cal. "We had a chance to talk about two weeks ago and had a pretty good discussion," the elder Nickerson said. "It was totally his decision. He wanted to make the change and come here. ... He's a leader and he has a knack for just making plays." The younger Nickerson knows the scheme as he played in a version of it for his father as a high school player.
Cal LB Hardy Nickerson Jr. plans to graduate, transfer and play for his father at Illinois.
Where will Ward be selected?
The class is loaded at his position, but Jihad Ward is expected to be a much better player as a pro than he was in college. A second-round selection certainly wouldn't be bad for a WR turned DE. Kiper's favorite players (Insider)
Illinois' Dre Brown said he isn't sure whether he will be able to play again after tearing his left ACL. He will miss a second straight season after having torn his right ACL last year.
Starting with rising senior quarterback Wes Lunt, a countdown of the top 10 players on the 2016 Fighting Illini.
Lovie Smith's first 39 days at Illinois have been a whirlwind of learning players' names, talking to recruits, taking countless selfies and, oh yeah, coaching some football.
Big Ten writes Josh Moyer and Jesse Temple debate whether the coaches or the players can better influence change in the NCAA.
Former football coach Tim Beckman has agreed to a $250,000 settlement of his wrongful termination lawsuit against the University of Illinois.
Mitch Sherman ESPN Staff Writer
Illinois reaches a $250,000 settlement with former coach Tim Beckman. Statement from the school:
Big Ten Spring Game schedule
Northwestern and Minnesota will play their spring games on Saturday, and the following two weekends will be filled with the return of more Big Ten football action.
Illinois receiver Mike Dudek will miss a second consecutive season after again tearing the ACL in his right knee, coach Lovie Smith said Friday.
Quarterback Wes Lunt was looking forward to reuniting with coach Bill Cubit for his final season, but instead will be learning a whole new system.
Gabe Megginson, Mike Weber, Jon Dietzen, Kevin Givens and Carlos and Khalil Davis are redshirt freshmen to watch.
Michigan State LB Ed Davis is one of many Big Ten players who were sidelined for the entire 2015 season and are looking to make an impact in 2016.
It will be fascinating to see how Lovie Smith shapes Illinois in his first go-round as a college head coach.
In a league that continues to boast some of the best defenses in the country, there's no shortage of talent on the line. But who has the best unit?
Michigan might be known for its defense and running backs, but don't overlook the receivers. Safe to say Big Ten secondaries are well aware of them.
The Big Ten lost some starpower, but there Ohio State and Iowa are still stocked at the position, and don't overlook Michigan State's QBs.
New coach Lovie Smith has a lot of work to do in Champaign in a short amount of time.
Mitch Sherman ESPN Staff Writer
Lovie Smith's staff at Illinois is complete with the addition today of running backs coach Thad Ward from Northern Illinois.
With March Madness upon us it's a good time to think Cinderellas, and Nebraska and Illinois could fit the bill on the field in 2016.
Ivan Maisel, Adam Rittenberg and Chris Low discuss the possibility of Ohio State joining Michigan in Florida and much more. Plus, Pitt coach Pat Narduzzi stops by.
Illinois vs Murray State Racers
Memorial Stadium (Champaign, IL) - Fri 9/2