Staff writer Matt Daniels' take on this weekend's Illinois spring game at Memorial Stadium:
WHAT WENT RIGHT
CHAMPAIGN — Bring out the jabs.
Corey Lewis has heard them before from his Illinois football teammates.
That the sixth-year offensive lineman was in Champaign when Ron Turner was in town from 1997 to 2004.
That the Cresco, Pa., native played along the line with former Illinois offensive line coach Luke Butkus from 1998 to 2001.
CHAMPAIGN — Walking near the weightroom inside Memorial Stadium this week, Bill Cubit didn’t break stride.
“Don’t say anything bad about me,” the new Illinois offensive coordinator joked to Illinois offensive lineman Corey Lewis while Lewis talked to a reporter.
Not much bad could come from the Illinois offense after Friday night’s annual spring game.
Bring a blanket. And a heavy coat.
Temperatures will most likely be in the mid-30s Friday night when the Illinois football spring game kicks off at 8 (thanks BTN) in what is believed to be the first night spring game in Illinois history — and also the first one on a Friday.
Running backs are born. Watch a speedster juke a defender, break a tackle and you know. They have it or they don’t.
Linemen can be constructed. If the bulk is there, they can be developed if they’re willing.
The Illinois football team held its draft on Tuesday night to determine who would make up the Orange Team and Blue Team for its annual spring game, which takes place at 8 p.m. on Friday at Memorial Stadium.
If there’s a modern campus version of the Old West’s gunslinger or World War II’s fighter pilot, look to football’s running back.
Lavere "Liz" Astroth
CHICAGO — Tim Beckman didn’t take his first Illinois football team off campus for a spring practice in Chicago.