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SportsTalk 8-12-14

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Steve Kelly and Loren Tate broadcast from Camp Rantoul. Their guests include Mark Tupper (Decatur Herald Review) and Coach Beckman's father, David Beckman.

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Loren Tate: Illini proceed with caution

RANTOUL — Football coaches are renowned drivers — pushing athletes to the limit — but there is also a point of diminishing returns.

And for the UI’s Tim Beckman, it’s more important to reach Aug. 30 with the best players healthy than to leave them weary and bruised from extensive head-banging.

Lunt, O'Toole have solid starts

RANTOUL — Before a downpour descended upon the Camp Rantoul practice fields, quarterback Wes Lunt and his fellow Illinois teammates were able to avoid getting soaked.

Camp Rantoul Day 1 2014

UI football scrimmage at Camp Rantoul on Monday, August 11, 2014.

SportsPage 8-11-14

SportsPage 8-11-14: Play now!

Join the News-Gazette sportswriters as they break down all things Illini sports.  Today's show is on location at T & T Tavern in Rantoul.

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Beckman: Cool weather greets Illini in Rantoul

Illinois coach Tim Beckman wouldn't mind seeing a bit warmer weather in Rantoul this week. 

Cubit: 'It was a little sloppy'

Illinois offensive coordinator discusses the first Illini practice in Rantoul on Monday. 

Banks breaks down Illini defensive line

Illinois defensive coordinator Tim Banks discusses the defensive line after the first practice on Monday morning in Rantoul. 

For Jihad Ward, mom knows best


RANTOUL — Jihad Ward doesn’t have a number you’d expect a defensive lineman to have.

Daniels: A look at the left guards

Illinois football beat writer Matt Daniels gives the inside scoop on how position battles are faring for the Illini during preseason camp. Today’s glance hones in on the left guards:

Who has left?