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Will Jordyn Poulter ascend to become the top setter in the country?

Avery angling to make impact with Illini

URBANA — He is one the highest-ranked players in the Illinois freshman class. Circumstances might force Calvin Avery to show if he can live up to his four stars.

St. Thomas More volleyball poised for another successful season

CHAMPAIGN — Among the handful of pictures that lead the IHSA girls' volleyball webpage these days is a shot of six St. Thomas More athletes, each frozen in a different form of celebration.

Prep volleyball storylines: STM, Heritage programs to watch

Preps coordinator COLIN LIKAS offers up four volleyball storylines to watch during the 2018 season:

ONES UPON A TIME

Survey says: Trenard Davis, Cam Miller and Ayo Shogbonyo

We get the lowdown from three Illinois football players about some of their likes and dislikes. We'll run their responses throughout training camp:

Trenard Davis | Junior wide receiver

Who does the best Lovie Smith impersonation?

Lou Dorsey.

Senior Lee leads larger, more committed Sabers

CHAMPAIGN — Bryson Lee used to dislike interviews.

Last year, it took the junior a while to adjust to life as St. Thomas More's starting quarterback, including standing in front of a microphone on occasion.

Fast-forward a year and a lot has changed.

UI football camp: 'There's no adjustment'

URBANA — Illinois managed with just nine coaches on staff before the NCAA made a bylaw change to add a 10th for the 2018 season. Losing cornerbacks coach Donnie Abraham, who resigned Tuesday night, simply puts the Illini back where they were for basically every season but this one.

Green crosses line for new role with Illini offense

URBANA — Kendrick Green wasn't thrilled to be one of three true freshmen redshirting the 2017 season while 22 others made their Illinois debuts. But the Peoria native used that time wisely, getting stronger and leaning up his 6-foot-4, 300-pound frame.

Youngest Akins brother forging own path with Blue Devils

BISMARCK — It's not unusual for any size school to deploy numerous athletes from the same family over the years.

The Bismarck-Henning/Rossville-Alvin football team is putting a twist on that in 2018.