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Camp Rantoul Recap: The Defense

Camp Rantoul Recap: The Defense

The Illini football team is back in school after finishing the Camp Rantoul portion of their fall practice schedule. Illinisports discusses the players and potential for the season in this article. In the final part of this two part series, Illinisports looks at the Illini defense and special teams heading into the season.

Defensively, the Illini will have a blend of youth and experience. Coach Zook, if he must choose one over the other, prefers players with speed over size. Linebacker is a good example. Starters Remond Willis and Anthony Thornhill and backups Walter Mendenhall, Josh Tischer, and Brian Grzelakowski are undersized as Big 10 linebackers go. But their speed is obvious. Fall scrimmages have shown...

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