Juco help on the way

Illinois has signed five junior college transfers to help shore up its struggling football team.

Coach Tim Beckman said Wednesday that he added three defensive players from California schools and a pair of offensive players from Iowa to the Illinois roster. The signings include 6-foot wide receiver Martize Barr and 275-pound offensive lineman Dallas Hinkhouse from Iowa Western Community College.

Barr joins a thin receiving corps. The top target was Ryan Lankford with just 37 catches for 469 yards.

The Illini also signed 290-pound defensive tackle Abe Cajuste from Victor Valley College and 205-pound linebacker Eric Finney from College of the Canyons. Safety Zane Petty from American River College also signed.

Beckman said all of the players should help fill immediate needs after a 2-10 season.

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calvin wrote on December 19, 2012 at 1:12 pm

fill a need........or get you the death penalty........on the other hand, the death penalty might just be the way to clean out this mess and start over

Moonpie wrote on December 19, 2012 at 2:12 pm

Can a 275-pound OL start next year or are they sure he'll add at least 20 more pounds of muscle by then? And a 205 pound LB? Fingers crossed, I guess.

aaeismacgychel wrote on December 19, 2012 at 3:12 pm

And yet not a single one of them is a Top 100 JUCO or higher than a 3 star. Granted, I'm sure they can't really make the team any worse on the field and they'll probably even improve it, but I think we're grasping at straws here if we really think our team is going to win more than 2 games maximum next year. I guess so long as these JUCOs are good kids, and not the ones who are going to get arrested for a knife fight at Legends at 2 in the morning or trade their Tim Beckman ONE wristbands for press-on My Little Pony tattoos, this is a good move. They get a decent college education and playing time. We might win 2 gmaes instead of 1 games. Yay us!