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2019 Football Position Preview: Wide Receivers

The receiving corps gave fans a mix of promise for the future and plenty of frustration during the 2018 season. Injuries to key players impacted the receivers early on last season, as the Illini lost Appalachian State graduate transfer...

Illinois’ new football facility is pretty slick

BEFORE WE START, THIS IS AMAZING: Ok, we’re ready. Good building. I like the players. Nice touch. Looks cool. Oh, there’s going to be some work done in there. JEALOUS. HOLY MOLY THAT’S ON PAR WITH OTHER BIG TEN...

Guys We’re Hyped to See: Nate Hobbs

After missing the first three games of the 2018 season due to suspension, Nate Hobbs bounced back and solidified himself as a staple of the Illini defense in the final nine games of the year. The Louisville native racked up...

UPDATE: Jacob Grandison Commits To Illini

UPDATE: Holy Cross transfer Jacob Grandison has committed to the Fighting Illini. Grandison made the announcement on his Instagram page Sunday morning: I continue to admire how Brad Underwood and his staff leave no stone unturned when it comes to...

REPORT: Illinois adds center Jermaine Hamlin

Illinois has gained a commitment from 2019 in-state center Jermaine Hamlin, according to Prep Hoops’ Scott Burgess. Hamlin previously played at Lincoln High School in Lincoln, Illinois, and planned to play this season at Link Year Prep in...

Illinois Volleyball 2019 Team Preview

Only two weeks separate Illinois fans from the beginning of another Illini Volleyball season. Coming off of a Final Four appearance, the Illini will enter the 2019 season with the No. 6 spot in the AVCA coaches poll. This year’s...

Illinois Basketball Recruiting Profile: Jacob Grandison

I continue to admire how Brad Underwood and his staff leave no stone unturned when it comes to recruiting. When you’re attempting to rebuild a program — especially at the Power Five level — sometimes you have to go...

Illinois Basketball Italy Trip Recap

The Illini posted a 3-1 record on their foreign tour of Italy last week. Underwood’s group rolled in the first three contests before dropping the final game to the Netherlands B Team on Friday. The trip got off to a...

Oskee Talk Episode 57 – Season Two Premiere

Welcome to season two of Oskee Talk! New hosts Patrick Catezone and Anthony Pasquale talk about Illini news. TCR Editor-in-Chief Tristen Kissack also joins us to talk about Illini training camp and basketballs trip to Italy We’ll update this with links...

Guys We’re Hyped to See: Marquez Beason

No. 3 will be primetime television for Illinois for years to come. The first commitment for the class of 2019 was a doozy for the Illini and Lovie Smith. Beason comes with high expectations to see the field early and...

Michigan State Player to Watch: Kenny Willekes

When the Illini play at Michigan State, Illini offensive coordinator Rod Smith will have his hands full trying to scheme around Kenny Willekes, a defensive end who should garner All-Big Ten honors and could easily be the Big Ten...

Know Your Opponent: Week 10, Michigan State Spartans

The Dantonio era at Michigan State (2007-now) has followed some symmetrical ebbs and flows. The Spartans will take a minor rebuilding year full of close losses and ugly wins to build the necessary depth and experience to string...

2019 Football Position Preview: Offensive Line

There’s no other position group on the field more important than the offensive line. It is the base from which every play is starts. Give me a great offensive line and I’ll show you a team that can do...

Rutgers Player to Watch: Raheem Blackshear

Rutgers football is a mess. As a fan of Illini football, I think I have suffered enough to identify football messes, and I feel safe in saying the Scarlet Knights are one. One of the main issues with bad...

Guys We’re Hyped to See: Ricky Smalling

Let’s take a look at Illinois’ veteran wideouts, shall we. Seniors: Trenard Davis (former QB), Justice Williams (former LB), Caleb Reams (former TE) Juniors: Trevon Sidney (USC transfer), Dominic Stampley (JUCO transfer), Josh Imatorbhebhe (USC transfer), Ricky Smalling Which...

Guys We’re Hyped to See: The QBs (Not Named Isaiah Williams)

The outlook for Illini football in the coming years changed significantly when Lovie Smith hired Cory Patterson. Some were critical of the hire, others ecstatic that Lovie was doing his best to strengthen the St. Louis pipeline, where so...

REPORT: Austin Hutcherson commits to Illinois

Illinois landed another wing today, per Jake Weingarten. Illinois has landed Austin Hutcherson, as he committed during his official visit to campus, a source told @Stockrisers.— Jake (@jakeweingarten) August 3, 2019 Former Utah forward Donnie Tillman briefly considered transferring to...

Purdue Player to Watch: David Bell

Last year Purdue’s Rondale Moore burst onto the scene as a true freshman. Moore caught 114 passes for 1,258 yards and 12 touchdowns, and set the Boilermakers’ single-season record with 2,215 all-purpose yards. He was named First-Team All-Big Ten...

Illini Football Anxiety Meter: Nervous with Cautious Optimism!

Training camp starts today, so it’s time for one last pre-camp reading of the Illini Football Anxiety Meter! Today’s reading: Nervous, with Cautious Optimism! ...

2020 Recruiting Profile: Austin Hutcherson

Former Utah forward Donnie Tillman briefly considered transferring to the Fighting Illini this offseason before ultimately committing to UNLV. But now, another transfer has caught the eye of Brad Underwood and the Illinois coaching staff, though, chances are you’d...

Know Your Opponent: Week 9, Purdue Boilermakers

I'm not sure Illinois is better than Purdue on paper. But, the Illini should definitely be more experienced than the Boilermakers, that's for sure. Purdue will be one of the youngest teams in the country, comprised of largely underclassmen. This season...