Top of the Morning, May 21, 2014

Top of the Morning, May 21, 2014

At last year's "Football For Women" clinic at Memorial Stadium, Teddy Eddleman made like her late husband Dike and turned in an All-American performance.

"I think I jumped on someone and almost killed them," 88-year-old Teddy said.

Teddy isn't sure if she'll be back for Round 2 — registration (217-333-3678) is open for the June 4 clinic — but she's certain Dike's not the best football player named "Eddleman."

"It's me, of course," said Teddy, who keeps sharp with daily trips to the pool for water aerobics.

The first "Football For Women" — highlighted by Eddleman's tackling and the field-goal kicking of Cheryl Easter, wife of UI president Bob Easter — drew 85 participants and generated proceeds for Coaches vs. Cancer. It has Tim Beckman and his Illinois coaches treating the campers like freshmen during two-a-days, from stretching exercises to position drills to a trip to the weight room,

"Participants do not bench press," the coach's better half, Kim Beckman, said. "But our head strength coach's wife (Dina Hillman) demonstrates."

Here's more from Kim Beckman:

Does your husband ever yell at the attendees?

"He uses his coach's voice, which some may confuse with yelling."

Does the gang get to touch Grange Rock?

"When the women go on field, they get the same game-day experience as players, running through tunnel and touching the rock."

How much trash-talkin' is involved?

"During drills, it can get very competitive."

Do you get to peek in the playbook?

"Playbooks are on iPads, but maybe Coach Cubit and Coach Banks will give them a secret play."

What happens if someone shows up in an Iowa T-shirt?

"They are handed an Illini shirt immediately."

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