Counting down the 50 most important Illini
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No. 33: Matt LaCosse, tight end.
Why he's important: Former Naperville North quarterback was expected to redshirt as a freshman. But when Zach Becker broke his leg early in the season, LaCosse was needed on the field. In 10 games, he caught one pass for 11 yards and made a pair of special teams tackles. With a shortage at receiver, the new Illinois staff is going to turn often to the tight ends. LaCosse has the ability to get down the field and will continue to improve as a blocker. Because he has already played against the Big Ten, he understands the speed and physical nature of the play, which should help during his final three seasons. The old staff really liked his talents and the new coaches apparently feel the same way.
Fast fact: The son of a former Ball State football player (Dave), LaCosse picked Illinois over Michigan, Minnesota and Purdue.
Tomorrow: No. 32