How they line up: Illini vs. Western Kentucky

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7 Quarterback Chayce Crouch 6-4 230 Jr.

26 Running back Mike Epstein 6-0 195 Fr.

18 Wide receiver Mikey Dudek 5-11 185 Jr.

11 Wide receiver Malik Turner 6-3 200 Sr.

4 Wide receiver Ricky Smalling 6-1 205 Fr.

39 Tight end Nate Echard 6-2 230 Sr.

Top of the Morning, Sept. 9, 2017

If the University of Illinois goes ahead with a mascot, RALPH CAREY is available to help with ideas. He has UI ties, lives nearby and carries a rock-solid resume.

"Sure, have them call me," he said.

Prep Football 2017: Week 3 Helmet Stickers

Sports editor Matt Daniels hands out helmet stickers to five area football players who had standout performances on Friday night during Week 3 of the regular season.

High school football scoreboard: Sept. 8, 2017

The first two weeks of the high school football season have started to show what teams might become possible state title contenders and what teams will head late into the season needing a win to reach the playoffs.

That's a wrap: Veldman, M-S rally

Around the area, Week 3:

Mahomet-Seymour 22, Mascoutah 21

Sages roll to win over STM in home opener

MONTICELLO — After losing three All-Area first-team offensive standouts from last year's Class 3A state semifinal team, a dip in 2017 would have been understandable for Monticello.

For junior quarterback Braden Snyder, that wasn't acceptable.

"We fully expected to come out strong this year," Snyder said.

Tough homecoming for Illinois volleyball against Stanford

CHAMPAIGN — First home match of the season. Defending national champion Stanford on the schedule. Former Illinois coach Kevin Hambly leading the Cardinal.

A sellout crowd of 4,152 wasn’t exactly a surprise. Fans turned out in droves to catch Illinois take on the No. 4 team in the country led by its former coach.

Former Illini Anderson advances to U.S. Open final

NEW YORK — Former Illini Kevin Anderson made history in the Big Apple on Friday. 

Anderson, the No. 28 seed, defeated Pablo Carreno Busta 4-6, 7-5, 6-3, 6-4 to advance to Sunday's championship match of the U.S. Open. In the process, the 31 year old became the lowest-ranked finalist at the tournament since the ATP rankings began in 1973.

UI Volleyball vs. Stanford

Illinois volleyball vs. Stanford in a Big10/Big12 Challlange match at Huff Hall in Urbana on Friday, Sept. 8, 2017.

HS Football: Monticello vs St. Thomas More

Monticello Football vs St. Thomas More, Friday, September 8, 2017 at Monticello High School.