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Five former Illini poised for an NFL breakout

The start of the 2015-16 NFL season is fast approaching. SCOTT RICHEY is preparing in his usual ways — watching “Hard Knocks” on HBO, ripping through fantasy mock drafts trying to figure out his various options and wringing his hands over the typical bad news out of Bears camp in Bourbonnais.

Area athletes in pro baseball: Aug. 23 update

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Positioning themselves: Who will shine on special teams?

Beat writer Matt Daniels has offered a look at how position battles have fared for Illinois during training camp. His final installment, the special teams:

Who’s back?

Daniels: Projected two-deep

Much can happen between now and the Illini’s season opener against Kent State in 12 days. But after nearly two weeks of watching Illinois practice at Camp Rantoul, beat writer MATT DANIELS takes his best crack at gauging the likely two-deep for Tim Beckman’s program (*denotes starter):

Illini Legends, Lists and Lore: Happy birthday, Perdita Felicien!

Historically, the University of Illinois football program has been a launching pad for future head football coaches. Former Illini assistant coaches who left Champaign-Urbana to seek head coaching jobs include Glen Mason, Lloyd Carr, Joe Novak and Bob Sutton, who all served as key aides to Gary Moeller during the late 1970s.

Tate: Welcome back, students

You didn’t miss much in the last three months, other than a wagonload of bad news.

Another chancellor has stepped down, three Illini athletic teams are under siege from departed squad members, Jihad Ward and several other top football players are under medical care, and the basketball team will be without Tracy Abrams and Darius Paul.

N-G Football Top 10: No. 6 Mahomet-Seymour

Why No. 6?
The Bulldogs have Tom Kenney back. The 2014 All-Area Player of the Year is poised to move to quarterback from wideout, but he could still affect opposing offenses after he recorded 95 tackles and 11 INTs last year.

LIVE! Orange & Blue Scrimmage

That's it for the first Illinois volleyball LIVE! Report of the season. Team Blue avoids getting swept with a 25-20 victory in the fourth and final set at Huff Hall, but it was the newcomer-heavy Team Orange that won the night 3-1.

Top 10: Mahomet-Seymour at No. 6

All-Area player of the year Tom Kenney will switch from receiver to quarterback this season for Mahomet-Seymour, which will try to overcome Bloomington Central Catholic at the top of the Corn Belt.

Saturday SportsTalk 08-22-15

Saturday SportsTalk 08-22-15: Play now!

Michael Kiser and Loren Tate host the Saturday edition of Sports Talk. They talk to Mike Thomas and Bruce Miles.

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