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2015 Schedule
5-7, 5th in Big Ten - West
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2dAustin Ward

Recruiting wrap: Illinois Fighting Illini

The return of healthy WR Mikey Dudek might just be one of the most important additions in the league as Illinois tries to get back to a bowl.

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5dBrian Bennett

The 2016 Big Ten recruiting all-name team

Michigan State has its Messiah, and Northwestern can unchain Jango, while Nebraska has Dicaprio to act its way out of any trouble.

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6dESPN Recruiting

Grading the recruiting classes: Big Ten

Grading the 2016 football recruiting classes in the Big Ten, which saw Ohio State deliver another top-5 class and Michigan finish with a fury.

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9dJesse Temple

Top Big Ten recruit by team: 2011-2015

As signing day nears we're taking a look at the highest-impact prospects each Big Ten school has signed over the last decade, starting with 2001-15.

Matt Bowen ESPN Staff Writer 

Illinois DE Jihad Ward was the most powerful edge rusher on the field this week at Senior Bowl workouts. With a massive frame (6-foot-5, 295 pounds), Ward can get off the ball and move bodies at the point of attack.

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Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Confirmed some changes to Illinois' staff today: Defensive coordinator Tim Banks stepping down to pursue other opportunities. Mike Phair, who had been co-DC/line coach, will be the sole defensive coordinator. Ryan Cubit will be officially elevated to offensive coordinator, although Bill Cubit likely will remain the primary offensive play caller. AJ Ricker (offensive line) and Jeff Hecklinski (wide receivers) are joining the staff. Ricker could be involved in play calls. Bill Cubit still has two vacancies to fill on his staff.

Illini unable to overcome deficiencies

In-state talent and a robust recruiting budget? Check. Lackluster facilities and poor tradition? Unfortunately, check. Those things combine to make Illinois a tough place to recruit. Ranking CFB recruiting jobs 1-65

Mitch Sherman ESPN Staff Writer 

Iowa QB C.J. Beathard attended the 2008 Rose Bowl to cheer for Illinois, at which his uncle Kurt Beathard coached. The Illini lost 49-17 to USC. "I was young," Beathard said, "and I dreamed of playing in that stadium. ... It's a classic place. It's surreal."

Team Stats

Passing Yards243.446th
Rushing Yards129.3113th
Points For24.798th
Points Against23.3Tied-41st

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