PODCAST: Saturday SportsTalk 8-19-17

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Michael Kiser and Loren Tate host the Saturday edition of Sports Talk from Illinois football practice.  They talk with Scott Richey, Brian Barnhart, Joey Boese, Martin O'Donnell, Travis Perry, and Jeff George.


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Inexperience not slowing young players

URBANA — Lovie Smith entered his second training camp as Illinois coach having seen his inaugural recruiting class already succeed in the classroom and during offseason workouts.

The expectation at the start of this month — and when he recruited them — was the Illini freshmen could be in position to contribute right away.

Camp is coming to an end

URBANA — After an abrupt end to Thursday's practice following a pair of skirmishes, Illinois canceled its second-to-last training camp practice Friday afternoon. The cancellation marked the second consecutive Friday off for the Illini during the three-week camp.

Justice Williams and Evan Jones Survey Says

Justice Williams

Sophomore linebacker

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Who is the celebrity people say you look like?

Russell Wilson.


Which of your teammates is the top Heisman candidate?

Zac Holman.


Who's better: Kevin Durant or LeBron James?

Kevin Durant.


Three things to look for today

After Illinois called off practice for the second straight Friday, beat writer SCOTT RICHEY spotlights three things he'll be looking for today in their final training camp practice at Campus Rec Fields:


PODCAST: SportsTalk 8-18-17

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SportsTalk today features Scott Beatty, Matt Daniels, Bob Asmussen, Jordyn Poulter of Illini Volleyball, Anthony Zilis and Urbana High School football coach Ordell Walker.


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Illinois cancels practice

URBANA — Illinois coach Lovie Smith called off Friday's practice. The team was scheduled to work out at 2:30 p.m.
The team will have its final training camp workout Saturday from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Campus Recreation Fields. Smith also called off practice last Friday. 

A return to form

URBANA — Almost a decade has passed since Illinois has had a cornerback named first-team All-Big Ten.

Vontae Davis was honored in both 2007 and '08 before leaving early for the NFL.

Going into training camp, Jaylen Dunlap looked like he might be the next. And he still might do it.

Tensions boil over

URBANA — The Illinois football players and coaches had been available to the media after every training camp practice.

Until Thursday.

Illinois coach Lovie Smith said "no interviews" to the school's sports information staff. The players went to their yellow school buses for the short trip back to the football offices.

Tate: Let's take a look at offensive lines

In that magical bygone day, when the 1953 Illinoins football team unleashed J.C. Caroline and Mickey Bates on unsuspecting foes, the UI traveled overland for 275.7 yards per game.