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he Big Ten got its annual talent infusion this offseason, with those freshmen now mostly on campus and prepping for the official start of their college basketball careers. While they’re doing that, college basketball writer Scott Richey formed the newcomers into a top starting five:

Before the start of Illinois football's training camp on Aug. 2 in Champaign, beat writer Bob Asmussen is counting down the top 50 teams heading into the 2019 college football season.

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he Big Ten got its annual talent infusion this offseason, with those freshmen now mostly on campus and prepping for the official start of their college basketball careers. While they’re doing that, college basketball writer Scott Richey formed the newcomers into a top starting five:

Before the start of Illinois football's training camp on Aug. 2 in Champaign, beat writer Bob Asmussen is counting down the top 50 teams heading into the 2019 college football season.

Two more evaluation periods are still on tap this month, but this past week featured some of the best rising talent in the country. Here are five in-state recruits the Illini are targeting — and how they fared, courtesy Sports Editor Matt Daniels.

Before the start of Illinois football's training camp on Aug. 2 in Champaign, beat writer Bob Asmussen is counting down the top 50 teams heading into the 2019 college football season.

Three years removed from his final season in an Illini uniform, the former quarterback moved to the area in June after relocating for his job. 

Before the start of Illinois football's training camp on Aug. 2 in Champaign, beat writer Bob Asmussen is counting down the Top 50 teams heading into the 2019 college football season.

The man who coached longer at the University of Illinois than any other person died 57 years ago today at the age of 75. Ed Manley, a native St. Louisan, directed Illini men’s swimming and diving for 37 years after being hired by George Huff in 1912.

Illinois football beat writer Bob Asmussen chatted with former Illini tight end Tyler White. The Kalamazoo, Mich., native played from 2013-16 after signing with Tim Beckman. A part-time starter, White caught three touchdown passes during his Illinois career. He earned a degree from Illinois in technical systems management, then went to work as director of business development and membership at Urbana Country Club. He is also currently working on his MBA.

Our college football writer is counting down the days until the 2019 season. Happy birthday to Urban Meyer, who turned 55 last Wednesday. Here are the likely destinations for the “retired” coach. We know the next stop already: Meyer will be part of the studio show for Fox college football this season:

 

2019 Football Schedule

Aug. 31 Illinois vs. Akron, 11am
Sep. 7 at UConn, 2;30pm
Sep. 14 vs. Eastern Michigan, 11am
Sep. 21 vs. Nebraska, TBA
Oct. 5 at Minnesota, 2:30pm or 3pm
Oct. 12 vs. Michigan, TBA
Oct. 19 vs. Wisconsin, 11am
Oct. 26 at Purdue, TBA
Nov. 2 vs. Rutgers, TBA
Nov. 9 at Michigan State, TBA
Nov. 23 at Iowa, TBA
Nov. 30 vs. Northwestern, TBA