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“Just from a pure enthusiasm standpoint, people are very, very fired up that we’re going to a bowl,” longtime Illinois ticket manager Jason Heggemeyer said.

To kick off a Galloping Ghost-themed symposium on campus Thursday, hundreds of students gathered near the Red Grange statue outside Memorial Stadium for a team picture — all wearing replicas of the Illini legend’s jersey.

Ahead of the UI College of Applied Health Sciences' Sapora Symposium, which is devoted to Red Grange, Editor Jeff D’Alessio asked the three featured guest speakers to answer one question about the Illini icon.

It hasn't taken long for Kofi Cockburn to make an impact for Illinois men's basketball. The 7-foot freshman already boasts two double-doubles in three regular-season games.

2019 Football Schedule

Aug. 31 Illinois vs. Akron W 42 - 3
Sep. 7 at UConn W 31 - 23
Sep. 14 vs. Eastern Michigan L 31- 34
Sep. 21 vs. Nebraska L 38 - 42
Oct. 5 at Minnesot L 17 - 40
Oct. 12 vs. Michigan L 25 - 42
Oct. 19 vs. Wisconsin W 24 - 23
Oct. 26 at Purdue W 24 - 6
Nov. 2 vs. Rutgers W 38 - 10
Nov. 9 at Michigan State, 2:30 CST
Nov. 23 at Iowa, TBA
Nov. 30 vs. Northwestern, TBA