2015 Week 1 prep football statistics

Player, School    Att    Yrds    TD    AVG

Grohler, CG/B    29    410    6    14.1
Cooley, Clint    25    352    6    14.1

Sports Talk 9-2-15

Sports Talk 9-2-15: Play now!

Steve Kelly and Marcus Jackson talk with Brad Sturdy from Orange and Blue News and with Todd Lindsey from Illini Quarterback Club.


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Why I play football: Arcola's Wyatt Fishel

If you were to ask a high schooler why he plays the game of football, I’d imagine you’d have quite the range of responses such as, “I like to hit people,” or “I don’t know? My friends do it.”

And, yes, all those answers are easily justifiable.

For myself and many other teammates of mine though, it is not just that simple.

Why I play football: STM's David Taylor

Why do I play football?

Dedication, determination, and the sound of pads popping and helmets cracking.

That’s what makes football unlike any other sport.

In order to excel at football, a player must dedicate himself to countless hours of hard work — in the weight room, on the field and watching film — all leading up to that one, great play under the Friday night lights.

Why I play football: Mahomet-Seymour's Benjamin Pauza

I love Mahomet-Seymour football because of the brotherhood that it is.

When we prepare for a game or practice, there is an uncanny emotion throughout my teammates and me — not one only of want to win, but one of pride for our program, love for one another and confidence of our hard work.

Why I play football: Prairie Central's Corban Roberts

The conversation went something like this.

Son: “Dad, when can I play football?”

Dad: “Well, you can’t play till you are in the third grade.”

Son: “Dad… will it hurt when I get hit?”

Dad: “I’m not going to lie to you, it will hurt. But you will be OK.”

Son: “… so when can I play football?”

Why I play football: Tuscola's Nick Bates

I play football because I live in Tuscola.

When you live in Tuscola, you play football.

Tuscola is a football town that surrounds its team with tons of enthusiasm and excitement.

It gives me goosebumps when I look into the crowd on a Friday night and see people packed shoulder to shoulder around the field.

Why I play football: Fisher's Aaron Carter

The earliest memory I have of the Fisher Bunnies was in fifth grade — the first Fisher High School football game I went to.

The Tri-Valley Vikings came to town to square off against the high-powered Bunnies offense and feature running back Colten Unzicker.

I remember him tearing up the field with explosive runs and thinking that’s what I want to be like some day.

Why I play football: GCMS' Nick Meunier

For a kid growing up in a small town, sports are really the only entertainment.

The most memorable, of course, being the Friday night football games.

For as long as I can remember, my high school has had a special program with our elementary school right across the street.

Illini roundup: Anderson, Ram triumph

NEW YORK — Former Illini Kevin Anderson avoided the upset bug Tuesday during the first round of the U.S. Open.

Anderson, seeded 15th, defeated Andrey Rublev of Russia 7-6 (1), 6-7 (5), 7-5, 6-3.

Former Illini Rajeev Ram defeated Ryan Harrison 7-6 (3), 6-4, 6-1 in another first-round match.