LIVE! Spring game

LIVE! Spring game

FINAL — Team Butkus 24, Team Grange 10

Illinois went to a running clock in the second half to stick closer to the posted schedule. When it comes to the final score, well, to be honest I lost track of who was exactly on each team. Some players were on both.

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Halftime — Team Butkus 17, Team Grange 10

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End of 1st quarter — Team Grange 10, Team Butkus 3

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The difference between this spring and the others in the Lovie Smith era? Illinois football actually has enough players on the roster to have a spring game. Sure, some positions are thinner than others (defensive end especially so at the moment), but there will actually be some live tackling today at Memorial Stadium.

Of course, there are limitations to that, too. The first string won't tackle to the ground when the Illinois spring game starts in about 30 minutes. And the teams — Butkus and Grange — are more theoretical than anything. Expect plenty of co-mingling.

But it's as close an approximation of a traditional spring game that Illinois fans have had in some time. Beat writer Scott Richey will be on the Memorial Stadium sidline providing updates throughout the afternoon. The rest of the News-Gazette Media crew — longtime beat writer Bob Asmussen and photographer Rick Danzl — will have plenty of coverage in Sunday's N-G. Loren Tate will be there, too, gathering insight and information for future columns. We've got you covered.

While you're waiting for the updates, check out some of the more recent spring football coverage here at IlliniHQ.com ...

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What you need to know about the spring game

Former five-star recruit transferring to Illinois

Asmussen: Illini play it safe with Hansen

Four-star wide receiver big pick up for Illinois

Tate: Football's hopes rest with seasoned Illini

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