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Dre Brown #25 of the Illinois Fighting Illini runs the ball and is tackled by Christian Izien #12 of the Rutgers Scarlet Knights during the first quarter at Memorial Stadium on November 02, 2019 in Champaign, Ill. (Justin Casterline/Getty Images/TNS)

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Dre Brown, Dele Harding and Blake Hayes were the major award winners at Sunday's Illinois football banquet, The banquet was help at Champaign's I Hotel.

Senior tailback Brown was named the outstanding offensive player. Senior linebacker Harding earned the outstanding defensive player award. And junior punter Blake Hayes earned the award for special teams.

Other award winners included senior defensive tackle Jamal Milan (Wright Commitment to Excellence), senior tight end Justice Williams (Scholars-Athlete), Brown (Bruce Capel Award), and Bobby Walker (Service Above Self).

The two hour banquet featured a 20-minute talk from athletic director Josh Whitman and comments from Illinois head coach Lovie Smith.

The five captains were honored. As were the seniors.

The Illini, who lost at home to Northwestern on Saturday, will find out their bowl opponent next Sunday.

Bob Asmussen is a college football reporter and columnist for The News-Gazette. His email is asmussen@news-gazette.com, and you can follow him on Twitter (@BobAsmussen).

College Football Reporter/Columnist

Bob Asmussen is a college football reporter and columnist for The News-Gazette. His email is asmussen@news-gazette.com, and you can follow him on Twitter (@BobAsmussen).