Illini Return to Campus, Morning Workouts Begin

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IMG_6456.JPGThe Fighting Illini returned to the Memorial Stadium practice fields early Monday morning for practice #19. The team spent the last two weeks about 20 miles north of campus at Camp Rantoul, closing with a scrimmage on Saturday morning.

The Orange and Blue were up bright and early Monday morning for meetings and practice before heading to their first day of classes. After trying out morning practices during the spring, Zook and staff decided the stick with the schedule this fall to avoid class conflicts later in the day. Most of the players don't have any classes until 11 am during the fall semester, allowing the team to meet and practice from 7-10:30 each weekday.


Monday's Post-practice Interviews: Head Coach Ron Zook | OC Paul Petrino


Some other nuggets from Monday:

- Details have been announced for the annual Fan Appreciation Day, which is coming up this Saturday, Aug. 27, from 11 am-12:30 pm. The public is welcome to watch the team's "gameday walkthrough" and listen to the Marching Illini at Memorial Stadium from 10-11 am, before heading to the Great West Hall for autographs and photos with the players at 11. Parking is free in the NW Assembly Hall lot and fans can enter on the west side of the stadium.


- Zook said on Monday that junior tight end Eddie Viliunas has been put on scholarship. The former walkon quarterback played in all 13 games last season after moving to tight end. Earlier in training camp, junior DT Wisdom Onyegbule was also awarded a scholarship.


- All-Decade Team defensive backs were announced today, and it's a great list. Congrats to Alan Ball, Vontae Davis, Kelvin Hayden, Kevin Mitchell and Eugene Wilson, who were all added to list of 31 All-Decade honorees. Look for quarterbacks, running backs and linebackers later this week.


Camp Rantoul Final Episode

The final episode of the five-part Camp Rantoul video series was released today at CoachRonZook.com. Episode 5 features WRs Darrius Millines and Ryan Lankford taking over the camera, an inside look at position meetings and scrimmage highlights, as well as exclusive practice footage and interviews.


Great work by creative specialist and former Illini WR Frank Lenti, Jr., and the Illini Productions staff for their great work on the series. All five episodes are must-sees for any Illini fan.

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