Top 50 most important Illini: No. 14, Nate Hobbs

Vitals: 6-0, 180, CB

Hometown: Louisville, Ky.

High school: Louisville Male

Top 50 teams in 2018: No. 14, Virginia Tech

Coach: Justin Fuente

2017 record: 9-4

Projected 2018 record: 9-3

Circle the date: Nov. 17 vs. Miami

Bowl trip: Camping World

'This is my last season'

Offensive lineman Nick Allegretti

1. What do you want the media to know about the 2018 Illini?

Big Ten football: The votes are in, and the winners are ...

For the eighth consecutive year, Doug Lesmerises of the Cleveland Plain Dealer put together a panel of Big Ten beat writers to predict the upcoming football season, including The News-Gazette’s Bob Asmussen.

July 25 Bob Asmussen chat

Wednesday, July 25, 2018 - 10:00am

What does Larry Boyd's reported suspension mean for the 2018 season? How did the Illini do at the Big Ten meetings? Who will be the next 2019 recruit to commit?

For the answers to these questions, or anything else on your mind, check in with our longtime Illinois football beat writer.

Top 50 most important Illini: No. 15, Jake Hansen

Vitals: 6-2, 230, LB

Hometown: Tarpon Springs, Fla.

High School: East Lake

Asmussen | It's all roses for Zook in his return to C-U

Coming back to Champaign-Urbana isn't new for Ron Zook.

The former Illinois football coach was here in June for Jay Ramshaw's wedding.

It was a quick trip.

"We went to the wedding, got up early in the morning and left," Zook said Thursday.

When was the last time he was in Memorial Stadium?

"Probably when they fired me," Zook said.

Until today.