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Terry Hawthorne Making Up For Lost Time

It is tough enough for a freshman to get playing time his first year of major college football. It is even harder if he is injured and switches positions after a couple weeks of practice. But Illini rookie Terry Hawthorne is overcoming these problems rapidly and is expected to be a big help this season.

East St. Louis athlete Terry Hawthorne is a playmaker. He is one of the jewels of the 2009 Illinois recruiting class, and Illini coaches are eager to use his quickness and natural football instincts on the field this season. However, he broke his hand in the Class 7A State Championship game and reinjured it this summer. A plate was surgically implanted to stabilize the bone, and he was not...

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