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Illini Happy to Do Some Hitting

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After four practices in shorts and shells, the Fighting Illini finally got to do some hitting on Tuesday at Camp Rantoul. Practice No. 5 marked the first fall workout in full pads and, as expected, the Illini were ready for some contact in the always intense Oklahoma Drill.

The Illini resume practice on Wednesday with their first two-a-day of training camp. The Orange and Blue will take the field bright and early from 8-10:15 am and then will return for an evening session from 6-8:20 pm. The early session will be in helmets and shorts, while the evening practice will be in full pads. As always at Camp Rantoul, both of Wednesday's practices are open to the public.

Post-practice Interviews: Coach Ron Zook | QB Nathan Scheelhaase | WR Ryan Lankford 

BTN Football Preview Tour Heads to Rantoul on Aug. 13

The Big Ten Network will be in Rantoul on Saturday, Aug. 13, for the Illini scrimmage at Rantoul High School. However, they won't be there to televise the scrimmage. Instead, they'll be doing interviews and getting footage for the Illinois edition of the Big Ten Football Preview Tour. It marks the fifth straight year, Dave Revsine, Gerry DiNardo and Howard Griffith are zigzaging across Big Ten country to bring fans a 30-minute, on-site preview shows from every Big Ten campus. The BTN crew will travel over 3,000 miles in all. The Illinois preview show will air on Thursday, Aug. 18, at 7 pm CT.

"Camp Rantoul" Episode 1

In case you missed it yesterday, be sure to check out episode one of "Camp Rantoul: Season 2" for a great behind-the-scenes look at Illinois training camp. The feedback we've gotten from fans so far has been great!

Filmed and produced by Illini Productions, the five-part series will give fans a BTN Journey-like feel of what it's like at Camp Rantoul. Look for episode two on Thursday afternoon at CoachRonZook.com,

Tuesday's Oklahoma Drill Video:

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