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DE Fred Beaugard Checks Out Illini

Fred Beaugard (Jack Lyman)

With the early departure of defensive end Whitney Mercilus for the NFL draft after his junior season, Illinois will be looking to replace the team's sacks leader. One defensive lineman under consideration is a two-time defending state champion in Illinois.

Fred Beaugard is a defensive end at Montini High School in Lombard, one of the most perennially successful programs in the state. Though they won a second consecutive state championship in 2011, the journey wasn't a flawless one. "We lost to Marian Central and Loyola along the way to the State Championship. Those were in the first half of the season though. We just got focused and got back...

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