Who's that Illini?

I was a two-time consensus All-American in football. A nose tackle, I recorded 316 career tackles and set a then-UI record of 57 tackles for loss from 1987 to 1990. In 1990, while still an active player, I was named to the Illinois All-Century Team for football. A fourth-round draft pick of Atlanta in 1991, I played for the Falcons for six seasons.

Anderson healed, now he's regaining his footing

URBANA – When 6-foot-7 sophomore Kevin Anderson walks down Green Street, he gets noticed.

Most of the time it's not because he's on the tennis team, it's that people think the South African is on the basketball team.

Brett's random thoughts

Eric Gordon's recruitment is effectively over. The junior guard from Indianapolis committed to Illinois in December. He had a press conference. He kept showing up at Illini games wearing an Illinois sweatshirt. And he's never wavered in his commitment. But don't expect Kelvin Sampson to let him go without a fight.

Five thumbs up and five down

Sports Editor Jim Rossow offers five positives and five negatives from Saturday's scrimmage. First, the positives:

Illini finish with hop in step

CHAMPAIGN – Next up, Eastern Illinois. In four months.

Illinois quarterback Tim Brasic can't wait. Then again, he can.

Online courses have helped UI's library program achieve top ranking

It's a rainy day, and Christine Jenkins turns on her car's windshield wipers.

She's not thinking about how the wipers, let alone her car, work. The car is just something that she uses to go here and there.

Puppy recovering from assault

TUSCOLA – A puppy that was severely abused – possibly by three junior-high age boys – is recovering from surgery and may have a new home.

Called Biscuit, because of her creamy tan color, the Lab-mix pup is living with a dog-rescuer in Macon County until the vet releases the dog for adoption. The dog was rescued one evening in late March from an alley on the east side of Tuscola by Elvis and Vanessa Bunch.

A conversation with Ron Zook

A year ago, he was hoping his players would line up correctly and go the right direction. He was tyring to figure out who could play and at what position. He was working with a staff of both new and familiar faces. But the get-to-know-you time is over for Ron Zook. Coming off a 2-9 season, Zook had a simple goal for his second spring at Illinois: improvement. Across the board. In every spot. He wanted bigger, stronger, faster and more knowledgeable players working toward 2006. Staff writer Bob Asmussen sat down with Zook late in the week. Here's what the seocnd-year coach had to say:

Who's that Illini?

I completed my Illini men's tennis career in 1999 with the second-most singles victories (119) in school history. I currently rank fourth in that category. I also stand among Illinois' all-time leaders in doubles victories (115) and combined wins (234). I was an All-American in 1999 and a two-time All-Big Ten selection. A native of Great Britain, I went on to on the pro circuit.

Redskins, Lloyd agree to long-term extension

ASHBURN, Va. – Former Illini Brandon Lloyd, acquired in a trade last month to bolster the Washington Redskins' receiving corps, signed a long-term contract extension with the team Friday.

The Redskins sent a third-round pick in this year's draft and a fourth-round selection in 2007 to the San Francisco 49ers on March 12 for Lloyd, who had been tendered as a restricted free agent. Lloyd had been slated to make $1.57 million this year, but Washington soon began negotiations for a multiyear contract.