August 2001

Long looking forward to run defense

Ron Turner has made no secret of his intentions. The Illinois football team has to find a way to stop the run.

Robby Long doesn't mind hearing it. If stopping the run is a prerequisite for playing time at defensive end, Long is ready.


Guenther: Football program is better now than in '97

CHAMPAIGN – Two Illinois football coaches had 16 wins after their first four seasons on the job: Ray Eliot and Ron Turner.

Know what Eliot did in his fifth year? He went to Pasadena. And he took his team with him.


Illinois Football Training Camp Update

His family and friends were in the stands Saturday night. Morris Virgil hardly could wait.

For the first time in his college career, the freshman running back from Urbana played in front of a crowd. It was a nice end to a fun first two weeks.


Scrimmage a real pain for Illini receiver

CHAMPAIGN – The one guy on the Illinois offense who had a right to be smiling after Saturday night's scrimmage didn't feel like it. Probably because of the pain in his shoulder.

Junior receiver Walter Young made the play of the day at Memorial Stadium, snagging Kurt Kittner's pass in the middle of the field, breaking away from safety Marc Jackson and racing 80 yards for a touchdown. On a night when the defense dominated, Young had the crowd of 6,000 briefly cheering for the offense.


Cook brings golden smile to campus

   Brian Cook''s body clock is still a little screwy, but he knows it''s almost time to get to work.

   Cook, relaxing at home before heading back to classes at Illinois this week, is ready for the school year to start. He''s ready to resume regular pickup games with his Illinois teammates.


Tatelines: UI defense allays fears in scrimmage

Ron Turner's Illini are overflowing with offensive veterans – Kurt Kittner, Rocky Harvey, Luke Butkus, Tony Pashos, Brian Hodges, all those receivers – who averaged 29.6 points in a two-season, 23-game period.

Only during the Mike White heyday has Illinois racked up so many points in that span, and most of the key ingredients are still on the field.


Last hurrah special time for Turpin

CHAMPAIGN – He won't get a chair at Indiana. Or luggage at Michigan State. Or a golf cart at Illinois. Those gifts were reserved for Lou Henson.

There won't be a farewell tour of AL parks. Those trips belong to Cal Ripken.


Thompson taking aim at fifth title

SAVOY – Joe Thompson was able to duck Saturday's bad weather and shoot a solid round of golf at the same time.

Thompson leads the UI Club Championship heading into today's final round after a 1-under-par 71 on the Blue Course.


Huth: Illini trio rounding into shape

Sue Webber doesn't need to check out the forecast to learn the weather's about to change.

Her left knee is a plenty reliable barometer.

"It changes with the weather – pressure and stuff. Gets a little achy," Webber said this week. "But otherwise it feels fine."


Golf recruit claims title

   Illinois golf recruit James Lepp won the 63rd Canadian Junior National Championship tournament by 9 strokes Friday at New Minas, Nova Scotia.

   The Abbotsford, British Columbia, native finished the 72-hole event at 12-under-par 268. Lepp shot rounds of 64, 67, 66 and 71 on the par-70 Ken-Wo Country Club layout.