It wasn’t the scene Peyton Manning and Russell Wilson have encountered this week in New Jersey. But Wes Lunt, Aaron Bailey and Reilly O’Toole met with the media Wednesday morning inside Memorial Stadium. Beat writers MATT DANIELS and BOB ASMUSSEN were there. Here is the take on Sunday’s big game from the Illini quarterbacks:
What universe are you residing in? Whatever it is, it’s different — conference speaking — from the one Illinois inhabits. We’re worlds apart.
Sunday marks the 75th birthday of Joe Rutgens, one of Illinois’ least-publicized football stars. Recruited by Ray Eliot in 1956 out of LaSalle-Peru High School, Rutgens was an outstanding 6-foot-2, 245-pound tackle. He earned first-team All-Big Ten honors as a junior (1959) and senior (1960).
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — After getting permission from his 7-year-old daughter, New York Giants offensive lineman David Diehl retired after an 11-year career that included two Super Bowl championships.
The fifth-round draft pick out of Illinois became a cornerstone of tough offensive lines. Diehl missed 12 games during his career, starting at every position on the line except center.
DALLAS — Former Dallas Cowboys player Josh Brent was sentenced Friday to 180 days in jail and 10 years of probation for a drunken car crash that killed his friend and teammate, Jerry Brown.
Quinn Oseland has a simple explanation for why his blond hair has transformed into curly locks that fall below his ears and cover his forehead.
“Just growing it out right now,” said Oseland, the Class of 2015 offensive tackle recruit from Springfield Sacred Heart-Griffin. “I see all the players in college that have long hair hanging out their helmets, and I want that.”
Ohio State and Indiana have basketball problems of their own. The Buckeyes have dropped four straight, and the Hoosiers can’t figure out what happened at home against Northwestern.
DALLAS — Jurors on Tuesday began deliberating the intoxication manslaughter case against former Dallas Cowboys player Josh Brent, who is accused of drunkenly crashing his car during a night out and killing his passenger, who was a close friend and teammate.
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CHAMPAIGN — Jordan Frazier grew up in Springfield, Mo.
Has lived his whole life in the western part of the Show-Me State.