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Evan Wilson Continuing Upward Spiral

Evan Wilson (Holly Smith)

The Fighting Illini football team benefitted from the rapid maturity of a few freshmen. One of those was tight end Evan Wilson, who stabilized a position that lost a starter to injury and lacked depth. The tall, lanky Wilson proved an excellent blocker last fall, and he has begun to show signs of helping in the pass game as well.

Evan Wilson surprised everyone but himself with his outstanding play as a true freshman. The tight end's blocking helped Mikel Leshoure break the single season rushing record. He added ten receptions as well. The 6'-6" rookie lacked the weight normal for a tight end, but a winter of hard work has helped him considerably. "I've put on about 10-15 pounds. I'm up to 250 to 252 right now. I'm...

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