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Counting down the 50 most important Illini
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No. 1: Terry Hawthorne, cornerback.
Why he's important: Just read my story on him that ran before training camp. Pretty much sums up why the senior — and future NFLer — is a big-time stud on and off the field. Click here
Fast fact: Hawthorne is one of two former News-Gazette All-State Players of the Year on the current Illinois roster (Reilly O'Toole). Here's the list. Read my POY story on Terry's exploits in East St. Louis by clicking here