Counting down the 50 most important Illini
No. 38: DeJazz Woods, defensive end
Why he’s important: Has not seen the field much at Illinois, but provides a solid locker room presence. One of few defensive linemen who has been at Illinois for longer than a season or two. The Tampa native worked his way into the mix this spring at the Leo position, the combination defensive end/linebacker spot Houston Bates will probably roam for the large majority of the season. He picked up a sack in the spring game, although that sack didn’t let him fully unleash his tackling ability since quarterbacks were off-limits in the spring. He could develop into a solid special teams contributor if he can’t find the field on defense, and the Illini need all the help they can get when it comes to special teams. Plus, he's got probably the best name on the team.
Fast fact: Woods comes from the same high school (Robinson High in Tampa) that produced former Alabama cornerback and return extraordinnaire Javier Arenas, now with the Arizona Cardinals.
Tomorrow: No. 37