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.


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.


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.


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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