30 days to Camp Rantoul

Counting down the 50 most important Illini

No. 30: Evan Wilson, tight end

Why he’s important: The senior had a disappointing 2012, only making two catches for nine yards. He had a solid spring game, hauling in four passes for 27 yards, including an 8-yard touchdown catch. New offensive coordinator Bill Cubit has stressed he wants to incorporate the tight ends more. It’s great for a coach to say that in the offseason, but another for them to actually follow through on that once the season begins. Wilson provides a big frame (6-6, 250) for Nathan Scheelhaase to throw to. Of his 21 catches at Illinois, five have gone for touchdowns. His career started out promising under Ron Zook, but he didn’t get the ball much last year. Being one of the more experienced tight ends on the roster should benefit Wilson and Illinois this season.

Fast fact: If he’s not lined up along the offensive line, Wilson could find a role in the backfield. With no true fullback on the roster, Wilson showed off his blocking capabilities this spring when Cubit had Scheelhaase or Reilly O’Toole under center.

Tomorrow: No. 29

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