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Loren Tate: Illini in rush to get better

“At the very least, we want to keep opponents honest with our ability to run the football.”

— UI offensive coordinator Bill Cubit

Q&A with V'Angelo Bentley

He is one of the most dangerous returners in the country, ranking in the top 50 nationally for bringing back kickoffs and punts. But there is much more to V’Angelo Bentley, who is a starting cornerback on Tim Banks’ defense. Staff writer Bob Asmussen sat down with Bentley this week:

09-19-14 #Illini Friday with Jim Turpin @kentbrown and @BarryLHouser talking @Illinifootball

09-19-14 #Illini Friday with Jim Turpin @kentbrown and @BarryLHouser talking @Illinifootball: Play now!

09-19-14 Illini Friday Jim Turpin looks ahead to Illini Football on Saturday with Kent Brown, University of Illinois Sports Information and Barry Houser Director of The Marching Illini.

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Illini Scrapbook, 9/19/14

How does Bailey rate nationally?

Checking in

Aaron Bailey wasn’t the only highly regarded dual-threat quarterback in the Class of 2013. The Bolingbrook product checked in at No. 9 nationally in the category, according to Rivals.com. How have the rest of the Top 10 fared since Signing Day 2013?

Player, College choice

1. Troy Williams, Washington

Bailey's staying put

CHAMPAIGN — The dark brown cross necklace dangles from Aaron Bailey’s neck.

It’s clear that faith matters to the third-string Illinois quarterback. Deeply.

“I look up to him and how he lives his life,” Illinois offensive lineman Michael Heitz said. “That’s something that I really try to model mine after because he’s great with his faith.”

Big Ten football report: Illini ready to rebound

TIMPERATURE CHECK

Each week, we’ll gauge Tim Beckman’s promise of turning Illinois football into a consistent winner:

SportsTalk 9-18-14

SportsTalk 9-18-14: Play now!

Brian Moline hosts Sports Talk 9-18-14. Spoke with Tom Dienhart (BTN), comments from big ten coaches, TIS Trivia Question, and additional comments.

 

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Daniels' pick: UI 38, Texas State 28

Illinois football beat writer Matt Daniels thinks the Illini will need another fourth-quarter rally to beat Texas State on Saturday at Memorial Stadium.