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Josh Brent Transforming Problem Into Asset

The Fighting Illini football team has a large number of returning lettermen, and optimism abounds. But among the question marks is the return of defensive tackle Josh Brent. While his playing status for the first game is still undecided, Brent has made major improvements in his outlook on life and discussed his situation honestly with the media.

Josh Brent made a mistake. The Illinois defensive tackle was arrested for a DUI, and he was suspended from the team for the entire spring practice session. In addition, he was jailed for one month in June. After all he's endured, he was happy after the first day of fall practice. "It's good to be back on the field," Brent understates. During the spring, Brent had to watch practice from the...

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