At Monday's morning practice, beautiful weather greeted the players for Tim Beckman's first summer workout at Illinois.
Here's more from beat writer Bob Asmussen, who will provide midday updates all week from Camp Rantoul:
— Former Penn State offensive lineman Ryan Nowicki practiced this morning. Wearing No. 78, the former Arizona high school standout took instructions from new coach Luke Butkus. Illinois coach Tim Beckman said he was happy to have Nowicki in camp. It is too early to tell how much Nowicki will contribute in his first season, Beckman said.
— Good thing Nathan Scheelhaase didn't line up behind Graham Pocic this morning. He wouldn't have been able to get a snap. A starting center in the past, Pocic worked at guard Monday morning. And guard Hugh Thornton was tried at tackle. With Pocic moving over a spot, veteran Jake Feldmeyer stepped in at center. Michael Heitz was also working at a new position, moving from tackle to guard. Beckman said none of the moves are permanent. He has vowed to get the five best linemen on the field, regardless of past positions.
— Dave Beckman, Tim Beckman's dad and a longtime college and pro coach, is attending Camp Rantoul. The older Beckman, who splits his time between the Cleveland area and Florida, coached at Iowa and is familiar with the Big Ten. "It's awesome," Tim Beckman said.
— A change from past Camp Rantoul's: Loud music played during team drills. Beckman said it is something he has always done and will continue to do at Illinois.