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OT Heitz Acclimates Well To First Game

Michael Heitz (Jack Lyman)

It is a long way from a Class 1-A high school to Big 10 college football. Michael Heitz has made a remarkably quick transition, starting the first game of his redshirt freshman season. While he still has much to learn, Illini coaches were proud of his effort in the Arkansas State game and gave him the offensive lineman award. His future is full of promise.

Michael Heitz lives in farm country near Vermont, Illinois. He was considering attending Western Illinois University when he made a good impression on the Fighting Illini coaching staff at a summer camp. A scholarship offer ensued, and it didn't take him long to accept. "I was pumped. It's not too close to home, but it's still close enough for my parents to come to games. It was just perfect... Recommended Stories

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