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Kicker Matt Eller A Potent Weapon For Illini

Matt Eller (Holly Smith)

Kickers are an important part of any football team, but they must struggle just to receive scholarships at major colleges. Many must begin their careers as walkons and earn scholarships later. Illini placekicker Matt Eller had to go through that process. After an outstanding rookie season, he now has a scholarship to show for it.

Placekicker Matt Eller arrived at Illinois from Jacksonville, Florida, in the fall of 2007 without benefit of a scholarship. Going on faith that he could earn a starting job, he and his family paid the high out-of-state tuition for that opportunity. After redshirting his first year, Eller burst on the scene in 2008 by kicking 10 of 15 field goals. He was especially accurate outside 40 yards...

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