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Jon Asamoah, Chiefs – Rookie offensive lineman saw game action in the Chiefs win against the Titans.
Alan Ball, Cowboys – Starting free safety recorded one tackle in a loss at Arizona on Saturday.
The Illinois football team got a taste of space at Rice Stadium.
After Sunday's practice, former Illini hockey player Lee Archambault and former Illini defensive back Mike Hopkins visited with Ron Zook's team.
I honestly can't believe that Christmas break is here and my senior year as an Illini has come to a close. These past five months have gone by so fast and I have created some great memories. The last part of the season was filled with lots of finals and papers as well as some competitive volleyball.
After our last match, we anxiously awaited to see where we would be seeded. We ended up getting 8th overall and in the Texas bracket. Our team was so happy that we were able to host the first and second rounds because playing in front of Huff is a lot of fun. It also meant less time we would be traveling. When it comes to the end of the season school really picks up and being at home really helps so we don't have to reschedule a lot of our exams. Our first match was against Austin Peay and we beat them in three sets. They were pretty tough but we knew the next night was going to be even harder. We were set to play Cincinnati to whom we had previously lost to early in the season. I remember sitting on the bench thinking to myself that both teams are playing some great volleyball with impressive kills and doing anything to not let the ball drop. Both teams battled back and forth but we finally ended up on top and had made it to the Sweet 16. Our next challenge was to face Texas at home.
Sunday: Jerry Gee, basketball (35)
Monday: Tom Porter, wrestling coach/administrator (69)
Tuesday: Mike Hopkins, football (42)
Wednesday: Leticia Beverly, track & field (43)
Thursday: Kirk Johnson, football (34)
Friday: Gene Dahlquist, football coach (68)
Saturday: Kristine Cook, golf (24)
CHAMPAIGN – In the first 18 years of the Big Ten's contractual tie with the Rose Bowl, Illinois won all three bowl appearances in 1947, 1952 and 1964, carrying though the era of All-Americans Dick Butkus and Jim Grabowski.
In the 46 years since Grabowski graduated, Illinois won three more bowl games.
Going the distance
Sure, you could fly to Houston. But what fun is that? News-Gazette football beat writer Bob Asmussen and photo editor Darrell Hoemann are driving from Champaign-Urbana to the Texas Bowl. They've got plenty of potential stops on the way to Houston:
Against Michigan, Scheelhaase put up huge numbers, throwing and running for 312 yards and four touchdowns. But his team lost 67-65 in triple overtime. And he couldn't convert a two-point conversion in the third overtime, which would have extended the game.
"There's not too many greater feelings than walking off the field a winner," Scheelhaase said. "In all of the games, whether my stats were great or they were subpar, I felt like I played every snap as hard as I could. At the end of the day, if you win and you did all of that, you're feeling great. At the end of the day, if you lose, it doesn't matter.
Illinois is playing in its 16th postseason game Wednesday. Here are staff writer Bob Asmussen's picks for the best and the brightest Illini from the first 15: