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Dimke Settles Into Kickoff Role Easily

Illinois entered the football season undecided on a kicker. With Jason Reda graduated, four candidates competed for the position. One of those was freshman walkon Derek Dimke. While Derek was beaten out by Matt Eller for field goals and extra points, he was installed midseason as the kickoff man.

A Rockford Boylan graduate, Derek Dimke was ranked by as the 13th best kicker nationally. Derek booted a 54 yarder to earn a state playoff record, and Coach Ron Zook saw him as the next Reda. He saw that as a positive. "It just made it exciting to get here, to see where I was. My goal is just to help out the team. Whether that's sitting out or playing this year, that's what I had... Recommended Stories

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