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Walkon Jake Kumerow Rising To Occasion

Jake Kumerow (Holly Smith)

The Fighting Illini football team has always utilized walkons. Over the years, a number have made big plays and helped the team, earning scholarships. Redshirt freshman Jake Kumerow decided to wak on last fall, and he became one of the favorite receiver targets this spring.

Jake Kumerow explains why he decided to try out for the Illinois football team without benefit of a scholarship. "The reason I came to Illinois was I knew Ron Zook was a great coach, and Illinois is a great atmosphere. It's my home state, so I figured, 'Why not?' "I didn't have too many opportunities to go a lot of places. I had a few D-3 schools talking to me. A couple other Big 1... Recommended Stories

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