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Top 50 Illini Football Players of 2016: No. 26, Tre Watson

No. 26: Tre Watson, LB

Top of the morning, July 9, 2016

I'd recommend taking Sunday's tour of Allerton Mansion if only for the chance to bump into the "Lady in White." She's the ghost of either Robert Allerton's stepmother or his fiancee who — as the story goes — has scared the bejesus out of staff and guests through the years.

Nickerson hits Nagurski Trophy watch list

CHAMPAIGN — Hardy Nickerson hasn’t played a snap of football yet with Illinois, but the linebacker is already garnering some preseason accolades.

The fifth-year senior found himself on the Bronko Nagurski Trophy watch list, which was unveiled Friday morning. The award is given to the national Defensive Player of the Year.

Top 50 College Football Teams of 2016: No. 27, Arkansas

No. 27: Arkansas

Coach: Bret Bielema

2015 record: 7-6

Projected 2016 record: 9-3

Circle the date: Nov. 12 vs. LSU

Bowl trip: TaxSlayer

Top 50 Illini Football Players of 2016: No. 27: Kendrick Foster

No. 27: Kendrick Foster, RB

3 Illini selected for Big Ten Media Days

The 45th annual Big Ten football Media Days extravaganza kicks off 17 days from now in Chicago. Lovie Smith and three Illini players will take part in the festivities on July 26, the second day of the event that is at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place for the second consecutive year. A list of players scheduled to attend was unveiled Thursday afternoon.

Top 50 college football teams of 2016: No. 28, Virginia Tech

No. 28: Virginia Tech

Coach: Justin Fuente

2015 record: 7-6

Projected 2016 record: 9-3

Circle the date: Nov. 19 at Notre Dame

Bowl trip: Music City

Top 50 Illini football players of 2016: No. 28, Jamal Milan

No. 28: Jamal Milan, DT

Spencer on Rimington watch list

CHAMPAIGN — A constant on the offensive line at Illinois, Joe Spencer can pick up on any cues from Wes Lunt.

That goes with snapping the ball to the Illinois quarterback the past two seasons.

Top 50 College Football Teams of 2016: No. 29, Miami

Coach: Mark Richt

2015 record: 8-5

Projected 2016 record: 9-3

Circle the date: Oct. 8 vs. Florida State

Bowl trip: Citrus