Illini Scrapbook, 9/12/2014

Megginson enjoys beefed-up league

JACKSONVILLE — Gabe Megginson will step onto the same field Friday night that his future college team practiced on last April.

Except the Illinois commit isn’t there to watch the Illini go through the paces of a spring practice.

Big Ten update: Win in Washington could change atmosphere

The Standings

Maryland — 0-0, 2-0
Penn State — 0-0, 2-0
Rutgers — 0-0, 2-0
Indiana— 0-0, 1-0
Michigan— 0-0, 1-1
Michigan State — 0-0, 1-1
Ohio State — 0-0, 1-1

Silence is golden: Illini not concerned about noise

SEATTLE — Wes Lunt hasn’t had a hoarse voice after his first two games at Illinois.

The Illini quarterback likely won’t this Saturday, either.

This despite the fact Illinois is playing its first game at a renovated Husky Stadium, where the track was ripped up prior to the 2013 season, allowing seats at the venue — which can hold 70,138 — to be closer to the field.

Size and age don't deter Dudek

SEATTLE — Lynn Dudek has seen what her son can do on a football field for more than a decade.

Illinois fans are just getting warmed up to the talent of Mike Dudek. The true freshman wide receiver from Neuqua Valley, who will arrive in Seattle with the rest of his Illini teammates late this afternoon, has impressed plenty leading up to Saturday’s 3:15 p.m. kickoff at Washington.

Urbana volleyball shows resolve

MONTICELLO — The ability to regroup and recover is an important step to success in athletics.

Urbana’s Tigers showed Thursday night the direction they are heading, sweeping Monticello volleyball 25-22, 25-21 in Miller Gym.

The Tigers (4-6) scored the final eight points of the first set and finished the win by registering six of the last eight points in the second set.

Sports Talk 9-11-14

Sports Talk 9-11-14: Play now!

Brian Moline and Matt Daniels talk Illini/Washington football with Joel Klatt from FOX Sports, and they talk high school football with Fred Kroner from The News-Gazette.


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MJ's minute: Sept. 11, 2014

With Tracy Abrams out for the season, beat writer Marcus Jackson unveils the Illini’s revamped starting lineup for 2014-15.

Abrams 'In good spirits' following ACL injury

CHAMPAIGN — After a week full of rumors regarding the health of guard Tracy Abrams, Illinois on Thursday announced that the senior will miss the 2014-15 season with a torn ACL in his right knee during workouts Monday.