UI offense displaying firepower

Pardon the Illini if they're already weary from speculation whether the UI defense can blunt Chris Redman's aerial strikes Saturday.

"It's understandable that the focus would be on a Heisman candidate," Whitman said, "and it would be great if we could shut them down. But if they score, we'll just have to score more."

Illini Report

   BACK FOR MORE: The best running back on the field Tuesday wasn''t in uniform. St. Louis Rams fullback and former Illini Robert Holcombe stopped by for practice.

   The Rams have Sunday off, which means a shortened practice week for Holcombe.

Redman the latest in line of Heisman hopefuls to test UI

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Another year, another Heisman Trophy candidate playing against Illinois.

Don't believe it? Just check out the 1990s.

Tate: Maturity bolsters UI defense

It's good news when quality athletes, making use of the NCAA redshirt policy, continue to mature and persevere into their fifth collegiate season.

The nucleus of a refreshingly tenacious and hard-hitting Illini defense is composed of these individuals.

Experience helps Fitts net gains

CHAMPAIGN – Thirteen games into his Illinois career, Steve Fitts might have a handle on the wind at Memorial Stadium. That's helpful at college football's version of Candlestick Park.

"I'm more comfortable this year than last year," the Illinois sophomore said. "I know a little more about the wind. I know what to expect with the wind."

Illini crack soccer poll

Illinois' women's soccer team is nationally ranked for the first time in history.

Tricia Taliaferro's team, which is off to a 5-1 start, debuted in this week's National Soccer Coaches Association of America/adidas poll at No. 21.

UI's Brown taking soccer by storm statewide

CHAMPAIGN – The name's Emily. But you can call her "Elvis."

Just like the public address announcer at Illinois' soccer stadium, who spotted Emily Brown's high school nickname in the media guide and now won't leave it alone.

Missouri hands UI its first loss

Though the Illini women's soccer team was down, it was not out of its home match Sunday against Missouri because Emily Brown was around.

Brown, a sophomore, helped erase a 2-0 halftime deficit with two goals against the 20th-ranked Tigers before Missouri prevailed 3-2 in overtime.

Victorious Illini all smiles

CHAMPAIGN – A steady rain fell on the 100 or so running around Sunday at Memorial Stadium. They didn't seem to care.

Not after a 38-10 win. Not after starting their season 2-0.

Tate: Let others fuss over their QBs

Egads! San Diego State has a quarterback controversy.

Coach Ted Tollner isn't thrilled with his returning starter, Ivy League (Penn) transfer Brian Russell, and felt obliged to employ record-breaking juco transfer Jack Hawley (46 touchdown passes in two seasons at L.A. Harbor) extensively during the second and fourth quarters at Memorial Stadium Saturday.

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