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    Wednesday Practice Interviews & De-Stripers

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    photo 8.22 2.JPGTraining Camp Central

    Interviews: Coach Beckman | Coach Gonzales

    The Fighting Illini help Training Camp practice #20 on Wednesday afternoon on the grass practice fields just east of Memorial Stadium. The Illini were in shorts and shells on Wednesday after a lengthy scrimmage inside the stadium the day before. The Orange and Blue won't have much time to rest as they take the field at 9 am on Thursday morning for practice #21.

    "De-Stripers" Up to 23

    Four more Illini newcomers have lost their helmet stripe since our last update on Monday, with offensive lineman Ryan Nowicki and defensive back Nelson Lugo losing their helmet decoration today. Defensive back B.J. Bello and kicker/punter Ryan Frain were de-striped on Tuesday, meaning the dry-erase board the team is using to post the stripes is starting to fill up!

    All Illini newcomers started training camp with a single white stripe on their practice helmets. If the coaching staff deems them worthy, newcomers can earn their way to being "de-striped" through hard work during training camp. The action signifies that the player is no longer being considered a newcomer to the team. "De-stripers" are announced at the end of practice, with the newcomer's "big brother" (a veteran member of the team) assisting in the process.

    Newcomers who have been "de-striped"

    DB Tommy Davis - 8/9
    RB Dami Ayoola - 8/10
    LB Mike Svetina - 8/11 morning
    WR Devin Church - 8/11 afternoon
    LB Mason Monheim - 8/12
    OL Joe Spencer - 8/13 morning
    LB T.J. Neal - 8/13 morning
    WR Justin Hardee - 8/13 evening
    DB V'Angelo Bentley - 8/14
    DB Jevaris Little - 8/15
    DB Taylor Barton - 8/16 morning
    RB LaKeith Walls - 8/16 morning
    DT Teko Powell - 8/16 evening
    OL Robbie Bain - 8/17
    STAR TJ Fuller - 8/18
    DE Anthony Imanlihen - 8/18
    DT Vontrell Williams- 8/18
    DT Daniel Rhodes - 8/20
    LS Zach Hirth - 8/20
    DB B.J. Bello - 8/21
    PK/P Ryan Frain - 8/21
    OL Ryan Nowicki - 8/22
    DB Nelson Lugo - 8/22

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