Posts Tagged ‘Illinois’


Entering the 2011 football recruiting season, the number one overall player on Rivals.com is wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham, a 6’6″ 220 pound machine out of Hillcrest High School in Springfield, Missouri. Green-Beckham has been called a combination of Calvin Johnson and Julio Jones, who have been two of the best receivers in all of college football over the last five years.

Green-Beckham has received scholarship offers from every elite school across the country almost, including the top teams in the Big Ten. Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, Ohio State, Michigan, and Wisconsin have all offered him a scholarship, and according to Rivals, he currently has medium interest in all of those schools.

The problem will become whether or not any of those schools can entice him with their run-oriented offenses, but it’s important to note that this future superstar’s list of desired teams includes some of the best in the Big Ten.

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Nathan Scheelhaase

The Fighting Illini were arguably the biggest surprise team last season in the Big Ten.  The Illini were a popular pick to finish last in the Big Ten, but surprised everyone to make a bowl.

They finished the the season 7-6 including a bowl win over the Baylor Bears.  A big reason for the success was the complete 360 the Illini did on defense last season, except for the 65-63 loss to Michigan, where it seemed as though neither defense wanted to hit anyone.

After the season, however, the Illini lost a ton of juniors to the N.F.L Draft.  They lost starting running back Mikel LeShoure, defensive lineman Corey Liuget, and linebacker Martez Wilson.

A running back really didn’t emerge over the spring practices, and while I would say that Jason Ford would be the guy, we will have to see what happens with his recent arrest. 

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