Illini grade vs. Charleston Southern: A

Player of the game: Illinois' Mason Monheim

The true freshman showed us something in Houston Bates' absence. If Beckman's recruits from Ohio are as tough as the Orville linebacker, the UI's in good shape.

Offense

Illinois: B

Charleston Southern: F

Still worried about the running game? Us, too. Illinois doesn't want a shootout with Louisiana Tech, and a dependable ground game would help.

Defense

Illinois: A

Charleston Southern: C

Monheim's first interception set the tone for a defense led by Ralph Cooper and Ashante Williams' 12 combined tackles.

Special teams

Illinois: A

Charleston Southern: B

Justin DuVernois' punting average — 43.8 yards over four punts — is promising. He also dropped two inside the 20.

Overall

Illinois: A

Charleston Southern: C

Is there a quarterback controversy in C-U? Don't bet on it. It says here Nathan Scheelhaase will be back under center — when he's healthy.

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