Paul Klee

Paul Klee

Illini grade vs. Michigan: F

Player of the game: Denard Robinson
Have you seen anything else like him? His 41 career rushing touchdowns are tied for third all time at Michigan. He’s also the eighth Big Ten player with 10,00 yards of total offense.

Offense
Illinois: F
Michigan: B

Klee: Three things from media day

Basketball writer Paul Klee spent Wednesday at Illinois media day. Here were some of his takeaways:

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John Groce Q&A

John Groce sat down with our Paul Klee ... and the two had plenty to talk about (read the introduction at our HQ Facebook page here):

Illini grade vs. Wisconsin: C

Paul Klee's take on Wisconsin's 31-14 win against Illinois:

UFR: Missed opportunity

Paul Klee's read on Saturdays loss at Wisconsin:

Illini recruit Malcolm Hill returns to court

CHAMPAIGN – After recovering from a scary ailment and lengthy surgery, Malcolm Hill has been cleared to return to full-contact participation on the basketball court.

A senior at Belleville East, Hill was cleared by doctors earlier this week, Southwestern Illinois Jets coach Patrick Smith said today. Smith has coached Hill since the latter was in the third grade.

Klee's preseason Top 25

Paul Klee again will be a voter in the men’s basketball AP Top 25. Our basketball writer’s preseason ballot is due in late October – but here’s how it is shaping up:

1. Indiana — We’ve been thinking about the Hoosiers a lot. A whole lot. Enough to make them No. 1.

UFR: Bring on the Hoosiers!

The basketball news was the highlight of Paul Klee's day at Memorial Stadium. Here's his take of the 35-7 loss to Penn State:

UI grade vs. Penn State: F

Player of the game: Penn State’s Michael Mauti
Twice he’s suffered knee injuries that ended his season. And he doesn’t appear to have a lost a step. Two picks. Six tackles. One satisfying win for the outspoken Nittany Lion.

Offense
Illinois: F
Penn State: B

Jackson to Notre Dame

Demetrius Jackson has informed the Illinois coaches he will attend Notre Dame, sources said today. The point guard is scheduled to formally reveal his commitment later today on ESPNU.

Illinois coach John Groce's staff did work in getting into Jackson's final two. But it wasn't enough to overcome the Irish's three-year-plus recruitment of Jackson, who is from nearby Mishawaka.