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Survey says

   We''ve asked Illinois football players for some of their favorites. Today''s panelists:

   FULLBACK JASON DAVIS

Camp Rantoul

In the news

   Sean Bubin said there was a little emotion after his final practice at Rantoul. Of course, the Illinois senior, who grew up in Rantoul, has fonder - memories of his high school days than of training camp.

Ask Bobby

Bob Asmussen, who covers Illinois football for The News-Gazette, will take your questions via e-mail throughout the 2003 season. E-mail him at rasmusse@news-gazette.com, and he''ll get back to you as soon as possible.

If your question is really good, we''ll run it in our upcoming sports opinion page, which will appear each Monday starting Sept. 1.

Illini Soccer: Bayne scores hat trick

   Freshman Jessica Bayne scored three goals and Tara Hurless added one to lead Illinois to a 4-0 exhibition victory against host Marquette on Friday night.

   Bayne scored two minutes into the match for the Illini, who open the season next Friday against Oakland.

Be our guess

A year after winning the Big Ten, the Illinois football team stumbled to a 5-7 season and stayed home for the holidays. Can the team get back on the winning track? To register your prediction of Illinois'' record during the 12-game season, log onto The N-G Web site at www.news-gazette.com and click on the proper link. Mail a response to The News-Gazette at 15 Main St., Champaign, IL 61824 or e-mail sports@news-gazette.com. Today''s selections:

Camp Rantoul

In the news

   Illinois football players tend to cringe when coach Ron Turner calls them early in the morning and tells them to meet him in his office. But that''s just what happened to then receiver Eric McGoey midway through last season.

Survey says

   We''ve asked Illinois football players for some of their favorites. Today''s panelists:

Ruling leaves Illinois waiting, wondering

   CHAMPAIGN  It''s supposed to be a basketball schedule. You get a few home games, a neutral-site deal or two and you''re good to go.

   Instead, Bruce Weber has an introductory law class.

Brasic making his push

   RANTOUL  When he came to Illinois last fall, Tim Brasic was a skinny kid with a strong arm, no scholarship and a long climb to the top of the depth chart.

   A year later, the redshirt freshman is getting extensive work with the second team and is in a three-way race for the No. 2 quarterback spot behind starter Jon Beutjer. Brasic, who has earned a scholarship, has made up ground on senior Dustin Ward and classmate Chris Pazan for the backup job.

Ask Bobby

Bob Asmussen, who covers Illinois football for The News-Gazette, will take your questions via e-mail throughout the 2003 season. E-mail him at rasmusse@news-gazette.com, and he''ll get back to you as soon as possible.

If your question is really good, we''ll run it in our upcoming sports opinion page, which will appear each Monday starting Sept. 1.