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Kroner's football tour '14: LeRoy

LeROY — In one way, LeRoy High School’s numbers are good.

The Panthers retain nine athletes who saw time on offense a year ago and eight who played on defense. Of that group, 14 full-time starters return.

“We have a veteran group, and we should expect to compete week in and week out,” coach B.J. Zeleznik said.


Daniels: A look at the defensive tackles

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 defensive tackles:

Who has left?


Hambly's squad in midst of changing rotation

Moving from a 5-1 rotation in volleyball to a 6-2 necessitates two essential positional changes. Illinois, which began to make that move this spring, meets both needs.

The first is the most necessary.  

The “2” in 6-2 designates a pair of setters. There is always one setter in the front row as a third attacker, while the back-row setter handles the primary setting duties.


Asmussen's AP poll: No pressure, 'Noles

1. Florida State No pressure: just go 15-0 with a giant target on your back


Coaches' corner: Tom Brattan

RANTOUL — Tom Brattan has had homework to do in the past month.

Much like the new Illinois offensive line coach expects out of his players.


Langley holds share of lead in Wyndham

GREENSBORO, N.C.  — Heath Slocum needs a strong finish at the Wyndham Championship to earn a spot in the PGA Tour’s postseason.

Former Illini Scott Langley might not be on the playoff bubble — but he sure knows how his friend is feeling.

Slocum and Langley each shot 5-under-par 65 for the second consecutive day Friday to share the lead at 10-under 130.


Barlow makes the plunge, Illini have strong summer

CHAMPAIGN — Former Illinois golfer Zach Barlow was interested in making the switch from player to coach when then-associate head coach Zach Guthrie left the Illini in 2012 to caddie for his brother, Luke, on the PGA Tour.


Daniels: A look at the defensive ends

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 defensive ends:

Who has left?


Coaches' corner: Alex Golesh

RANTOUL — Alex Golesh was a familiar face in July around the Illinois coaching offices at Memorial Stadium.

Usually, the first two weeks in July are the best time for coaches to get away for a vacation.

Golesh, however, was kept busy on the homefront.


The answer to the QB question ... coming soon

RANTOUL — Illinois opens the season two weeks from today against Youngstown State.

Wes Lunt, Reilly O’Toole or Aaron Bailey will start at quarterback.

Illinois coach Tim Beckman said Friday night the Illini should have a starter in place by no later than next Wednesday, but he didn’t indicate who it would be.


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