Counting down the 50 most important Illini. Today ... Darius Mosely, whose freshman season has a chance to turn into something pretty special.
Counting down the 50 most important Illini
No. 36: Darius Mosely, defensive back
Why he's important: The true freshman didn't play like one during the spring. When looking at the players in the secondary during the Illini's spring practice at Gately Stadium in late March, Mosely stood out. He did the same during the spring game. Tim Beckman hopes the contributions continue during the fall. Defensive coordinator Tim Banks isn't lying when he says his defensive secondary is green. Extremely green. If Mosely can keep making stops like he did at Memorial Stadium three months ago during the spring game (he led the Orange squad with a team-high 10 tackles, four more than the next highest total) and possibly come up with a takeaway or two, his freshman season has a chance to turn into something pretty special. Don't expect Beckman to use a red-shirt on the O'Fallon native. He'll play. Probably from the get go.
Fast fact: Mosely will focus his skills on the defensive side of the ball this fall. If injuries deplete the wide receivers corp deeply, Mosely is a capable candidate to fill in. He hauled in 10 touchdown receptions and 1,126 receiving yards during O'Fallon's 2012 season.
Tomorrow: No. 35