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Top 50 most important Illini: No. 43 Edwin Carter

Before the start of Illinois football's training camp on Aug. 2 in Champaign, beat writer Scott Richey is counting down the Top 50 most important Illini heading into the 2019 season:

No. 43: Edwin Carter

Vitals: 6-3, 180, R-Fr., WR

Hometown: Jacksonville, Fla.

High School: Sandalwood

Whitman places his trust in Lovie

CHAMPAIGN — Illinois football has reached 15 bowl games in the last four decades.

Six different coaches — Mike White, John Mackovic, Lou Tepper, Ron Turner, Ron Zook and Tim Beckman — have guided the Illini to those particular postseason games.

All six did so at least once before their fourth season in charge of the program.

Top 50 teams of 2019: No. 43 N.C. State

Before the start of Illinois football's training camp on Aug. 2 in Champaign, beat writer Bob Asmussen is counting down the Top 50 teams heading into the 2019 college football season:

No. 43: North Carolina State

Coach: Dave Doeren

2018 record: 9-4

Projected 2019 record: 9-3

Peters may be top QB option for Illini

CHAMPAIGN — Brandon Peters' background hits on all the high points expected of an elite quarterback. The Avon, Ind., native was the 2015 Indiana Mr. Football and Gatorade Player of the Year — two awards capping a prep career that saw him throw for 6,843 yards and 79 touchdowns.

Top of the Morning, June 20, 2019

Illinois athletic director JOSH WHITMAN's whirlwind media tour was interrupted — in a good way — on Wednesday morning.

Top 50 most important Illini: No. 44 Khalan Tolson

Before the start of Illinois football's training camp on Aug. 2 in Champaign, beat writer Scott Richey is counting down the Top 50 most important Illini heading into the 2019 season:

No. 44: Khalan Tolson

Vitals: 6-0, 220, So., LB

Hometown: St. Petersburg, Fla.

Top 50 teams of 2019: No. 44 Southern California

Before the start of Illinois football's training camp on Aug. 2 in Champaign, beat writer Bob Asmussen is counting down the Top 50 teams heading into the 2019 college football season:

No. 44: Southern California

Coach: Clay Helton

2018 record: 5-7

Projected 2019 record: 8-4

Move-in date for new football facility set for late July

CHAMPAIGN — Before Illinois football holds its first practice on Aug. 2, they'll get the chance to enjoy the new amenities offered at the newest athletic facility on the UI campus.

Illinois lands grad transfer QB

CHAMPAIGN — Illinois was always in the market for a graduate transfer quarterback this offseason. M.J. Rivers II deciding to transfer after spring practices only elevated the need to add another player at that position. A veteran to go with two redshirt freshmen and a true freshman was the plan.

Roundtree recovering in Chicago

CHAMPAIGN — The phone call was one Josh Whitman never wanted to receive.

So when the Illinois athletic director first heard word of Bobby Roundtree suffering a severe spinal injury in a swimming accident last month, it nearly floored him.

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