Illinois counting on young defense

Illinois defensive coordinator discusses Saturday's scrimmage before going deeper on his young secondary and defensive line.

Still room for growth for Illini offense

Illinois offensive coordinator Rod Smith breaks down his offense through two weeks of training camp and after Saturday's scrimmage at Memorial Stadium, while also discussing what AJ Bush has continued to bring at quarterback.

Survey says: Zeke Martin, Sam Mays and Justice Williams

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

Zeke Martin | Junior offensive lineman

Who does the best Lovie Smith impersonation?

Matt Long, a retired walk-on goon leader.

Illini Legends Lists & Lore: Quarterbacks' first starts

There's a decent chance that Fighting Illini football will have a new starting quarterback on September 1st when it hosts Kent State in the season opener.

You'll remember that Cam Thomas got his first start last season against Purdue, but AJ Bush, M.J. Rivers, Matt Robinson and Coran Taylor all qualify as first-time Illini starters.

Tate | Transfer QBs searching for right fit at right time

Why would Lovie Smith approve bringing in a transfer quarterback this summer when the Illini already had three quality freshmen on the way?

Answer: Because Lovie, riding a 10-game spiral, recognizes that freshmen are seldom ready at that position, and he needs to win football games NOW.

So here we are.

UI camp notes: Football Performance Center gets $1.2 million boost

CHAMPAIGN — Funding for the Illinois Football Performance Center got a $1.2 million bump Saturday.

Illinois alums Mark and Bonnie Goldenberg pledged that amount for the under-construction facility.

The Granite City couple attended Saturday's workout at Memorial Stadium with athletic director Josh Whitman.

UI Football Camp 2018: Day 14

Photos from the last day of Illinois football training camp and the annual Fan Appreciation Day at Memorial Stadium Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018, on the University of Illinois campus in Champaign.

Smith sees positives in scrimmage

Illinois coach Lovie Smith breaks down his team's Saturday scrimmage at Memorial Stadium, discusses what's next with training camp and spotlights a pair of quarterbacks — AJ Bush and M.J. Rivers II.

Eifler finds fresh start with Illini football

CHAMPAIGN - Milo Eifler could have stayed in Seattle and played this year for Pac-12 favorite Washington. But the linebacker wanted a change.

He found it at Illinois. The 6-foot-2, 220-pounder is sitting out this season and will be eligible in 2019. He has two more seasons left to play.

"I just needed a fresh start," Eifler said.

UI football camp: Lovie not ready to name starting QB

CHAMPAIGN — Early in Illinois' Friday morning football practice, a selection of Aretha Franklin songs played on the speakers.

The "Queen of Soul" passed away Thursday after a battle with cancer.

Illinois coach Lovie Smith is a big Franklin fan.

"I'm still in mourning," Smith said. "Just one of the all-time greats. It's not the same without her around."