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Michael Heitz Improves With Experience

What a difference a year's experience can make. Michael Heitz started every game for the Fighting Illini football team at right tackle last fall. The redshirt freshman struggled with a lack of experience at times, but he learned on the job. Now he's considered one of the better linemen on the team.

Michael Heitz came to Illinois from VIT, a consolidated 1-A high school. After redshirting his first year on campus, Heitz was thrust into a starting role at right tackle. He is now a fixture on the line, something that continues to amaze him. "I can't be thankful enough. It seems God has pretty much planned things out for me. Coming from a small school, I just hoped to get a scholarship offer...

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