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.
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:
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):
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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