RANTOUL — Music is a common noise heard during the first two weeks of Illinois football practice.
From techno to house music to hip-hop fans usually have to raise their voice if they want to carry on a conversation watching practice.
Thursday morning featured an old-school sound, with “Enter Sandman,” by Metallica and “Push It,” by Salt n Pepa on back-to-back tracks at the start of practice.
But Illinois kept it current with the next song, “Party Rock Anthem,” by LMFAO.
Thursday's lone practice also featured one of the lighter moments of camp so far.
Several freshman and graduate assistants went out to the middle of the field after stretching and danced a bit to Cali Swag District’s “Teach Me How to Dougie.”
“I just wanted to see if any of the freshmen could dance,” Illinois coach Tim Beckman joked. “They’re not very good dancers.”
Towards the tail end of practice, a few players started bouncing around when Kanye West’s “Can’t Tell Me Nothing,” came on.
“It was pretty good, man,” linebacker Jonathan Brown said. “It got us going when we were down a little bit.”
The music is an effort for players to get acclimated to loud crowds during the season, along with other communication issues vital during the course of a game.
Video coordinator George Anasis is the one in charge of keeping the music flowing during practice.
Offensive coordinator Bill Cubit has one request.
“I’d like a little more country,” he said. “That would be my deal.”