Final word: Waiting on Hawthorne
Illinois coach Tim Beckman chatted with Marcus Jackson on Friday at Michigan Stadium:
— Injured cornerback Terry Hawthorne made the trip with the Illini and he attended the brief walkthrough with the team at Michigan Stadium. Hawthorne is a game-time decision after suffering a concussion last week in the loss to Wisconsin. Hawthorne left that game in an ambulance.
“We’ll make that decision, but he probably won’t see a whole bunch of playing time,” coach Tim Beckman said on Friday.
— Last week, former Illini Josh Whitman and Wagner Lester spoke to the current team the night before the game. This week former running back Clinton Lyncy (’93) and wide receiver John Wright (’91) were scheduled to address the team.
“We’re blessed to have these former players come back and speak with us,” Beckman said. “It’s huge, our kids love it, they absolutely love it. They love to hear from the different people that are speaking and I think it’s important that they understand the tradition of the program. That’s part of their lives as an Illini, just learning about it.”
— Saturday, the Illini will play in one of the most historic venues in all of college football. Beckman wants to make sure his players understands that.
“I’ve been to Michigan a couple times, it’s a great venue. Again, it’s Big Ten football, a great opportunity for our players,” Beckman said. “I was just talking to Jonathan Brown about this: This is what college football provides for student-athletes, these opportunities, not everybody gets to do.”