Report: Illini adds veteran QB

Virginia Tech quarterback A.J. Bush is transferring to Illinois, multiple outlets reported late Monday night.

Bush, originally from Georgia, started his college career at Nebraska. He spent two seasons in Lincoln before attending Iowa Western Community College.

Dunlap on the mend

CHAMPAIGN — Jaylen Dunlap wanted to spend Monday morning at the Illinois pro day running sprints and showing his secondary skills.

Instead, the former Illini defensive back stayed on the sidelines, rooting for his buddies.

Dunlap is recovering from a torn ACL in his right knee.

Dorsey, Gay sitting out spring drills

CHAMPAIGN — Illinois tight end Louis Dorsey and defensive end Isaiah Gay are not participating in spring drills because of off-the-the-field issues, coach Lovie Smith said this morning.

Dorsey and Gay played significant roles in 2017.

Dorsey had 22 catches for 395 yards and three touchdowns. Gay had 20 tackles, four for loss, including a sack.

Asmussen on Illinois football | Walk this way

On the football field, you can't tell the scholarship players from the walk-ons. They wear the same uniforms and are treated alike.

Mistakes are mistakes, no matter who pays for tuition. And praise isn't limited to the guys on full rides.

'I will definitely have some mixed emotions'

Christian DiLauro is trying to reach the NFL. And the 23-year-old former Illinois offensive lineman is giving The News-Gazette a weekly look into his journey. Here’s his 10th entry (catch the whole series at

Illini Legends, Lists and Lore | March 11

One-hundred-fifty years ago today — March 11, 1868 — the Illinois Industrial University (University of Illinois) celebrated its opening of nine days earlier with inaugural ceremonies. President John Milton Gregory, both members of his faculty, 77 students and a bevy of town folk gathered in a large hall on the third floor of University Hall, known by its moniker "The Elephant."

The latest from Illini spring practice | March 10


There were 53 juniors prospects at the workout. None more important than Marquez Beason.

The receiver from Dallas Bishop Dunne went to Twitter on Saturday to announce his commitment to Lovie Smith's program.

UI Spring Football 2018

University of Illinois Spring Football 2018, Saturday, March 10, 2018 at Memorial Stadium. 

Four-star athlete picks Illini

CHAMPAIGN — Lovie Smith has a major building block to build his 2019 recruiting class on during the next 11 months. Illinois picked up its first prospect in the 2019 class Saturday afternoon with a commitment from four-star athlete Marquez Beason during a visit to campus.

'It provides motivation for the offseason'

CHAMPAIGN — No team played more true freshmen in 2017 than Illinois. Lovie Smith sent 22 of them on the field at some point in the season, with 16 of them breaking in as starters last fall.