Illini Ready for Rantoul Scrimmage

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In the last regular day of practice of Camp Rantoul's first week, the Fighting Illini switched the schedule a bit, doing most of their team scrimmage work in the middle of practice and finishing with two-minute situations and special teams. The practice had good energy and enthusiasm on both sides, with the offense and defense each making their share of big plays.

Ryan Lankford highlighted the offensive performance with a diving catch at the goal line to finish the team portion but Terry Hawthorne jumped an out route in the two-minute drill for a pick-six.

After practice, the team enjoyed many of the guys' favorite meals at Camp Rantoul, crab legs, steak and fried shrimp. It's always funny to see all the empty crab leg shells after guys polish off their share, especially the linemen. That's not to say that the staff misses out because they definitely don't. Coach Koenning was joking with Coach Gilbert because of the amount of crab legs and shrimp that he had piled on his plate.

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Today also was the last practice before Saturday's scrimmage at Rantoul Township High School, where we'll get the first look at this squad in extended game-like conditions. Things are set to get started at 6:30 p.m., but the time and/or site may change depending on the weather. Rain is forecast for tonight and possibly on Saturday, so keep an eye on FightingIllini.com for any updates.

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