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Ellington Learns Fast At Linebacker

Russell Ellington (Holly Birch)

The Fighting Illini football team was short on linebacker depth entering the fall. They needed one or more of their four incoming linebackers to come through for them. That person has been Russell Ellington. The former Iowa commit made a quick adjustment from offense.

Russell Ellington was a top-rated wide receiver as a junior at Homewood-Flossmore High School, and played quarterback out of necessity as a senior. But Illini coaches believed he would fit better at linebacker. "I came in as an offensive player, but they were worried about my weight and getting big. So they thought I could be a real athletic linebacker and use my offensive skills and...

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