Ferguson on Doak Walker watch list

Illinois running back Josh Ferguson became a versatile option for the Illini offense last season.

College football is taking note.

Ferguson was named to the Doak Walker Award watch list on Thursday, one of eight Big Ten running backs on the 53-player list.

24 days to Camp Rantoul

Counting down the 50 most important Illini

No. 24: Alex Hill, OL

Asmussen's Top 50: No. 24 Texas

Bob Asmussen continues his countdown of Top 50 college football teams this fall.

No. 24: Texas

Coach: Charlie Strong

2013 record: 8-5

Projected 2014 record: 9-3

Circle the date: Oct. 11 vs. Oklahoma

Tate, Part II: Limitations in classroom hamper UI

Chasing academic information on Big Ten athletes reminds me of Ruffy Silverstein.

You don’t know Ruffy? The stocky Chicagoan was the greatest Illini wrestler, never losing a match in three seasons and capturing the 1936 NCAA title at 175 pounds. He was next to impossible to pin down ... just like trying to pin down admissions information for Big Ten student-athletes.

Five things to know about new line coach

Tom Brattan is the next offensive line coach at Illinois, which gets someone with more than 30 years of college experience to replace A.J. Ricker.
Here’s what you need to know about the fifth offensive line coach Illinois will have in the last five seasons:

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A walk-on from EIU?

This from Wednesday's chat:

Two more football times set

The Illinois football team will host Youngstown State and Western Kentucky at 11 a.m. this season.

Both games will be broadcast on BTN after the network established times for some early nonconference games on Wednesday.

Illinois finds offensive line coach

Tom Brattan is slated to become the next offensive line coach at Illinois, a source close to the program said on Wednesday morning.

The hiring isn't official until Thursday because the job needs to be posted for a week, the source said.

But when it does become official, Illinois will have an offensive line coach with more than 30 years of college coaching experience.

25 days to Camp Rantoul

Counting down the 50 most important Illini.

No. 25: Jihad Ward, DL

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