Training Camp Day 10: BTN Visits Camp Rantoul

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The Illini had some guests on hand for Wednesday's two-a-day at Camp Rantoul. The Big Ten Network preseason tour bus rolled in to town for the morning practice, which was in full pads. Then for the evening workout, which was in shorts and shoulder pads, several Rantoul tailgaters the Rantoul Falcons youth football team were on hand. 

BTN hosts Dave Revsine, Gerry DiNardo and Howard Griffith, along with writer Tom Dienhart, took in the morning practice and shared their thoughts on the Fighting Illini, which will air next Wednesday, Aug. 21, on the BTN Illinois kickoff special. Coach Beckman, offensive coordinator Bill Cubit, defensive coordinator Tim Banks, senior quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase and senior linebacker Jonathan Brown all sat down on the set with Dave, Gerry and Howard, while Donovonn Young, Mason Monheim and Earnest Thomas III each did on-camera interviews with Dienhart for BTN.com. Following the interviews, Young took a moment to admire, and then sign the giant likeness of himself on the side of the BTN Tour Bus. Full coverage BTN's visit to Camp Rantoul is at BTN.com

Following lunch and a few hours of rest and meetings, the Illini returned to the field at 4 p.m. for practice No. 2 of the day. The north side of the practice fields were packed with tailgaters and Rantoul community members who came out to support the Fighting Illini. Also in attendance were Rantoul Falcons youth football players, who got to shake hands, get autographs and meet and greet the team after practice. 

De-Striper Update: After each of Wednesday's practices, several newcomers were de-striped, signifying that they're no longer considered a newcomer to the team. Below is list of players of have been de-striped so far this camp: 

WR Martize Barr - 8/9
DL Abe Cajuste - 8/9
QB Aaron Bailey - 8/10 AM
DB Darius Mosely - 8/10 AM
TE Tyler White - 8/12 AM
STAR James Crawford - 8/12 AM
WR Dionte Taylor - 8/12 PM
WR Marchie Murdock - 8/13
OL Christian DiLauro - 8/14 AM
DB Zane Petty - 8/14 AM
LB D.J. Smoot - 8/14 AM
RB Kendrick Foster - 8/14 PM
DB Jaylen Dunlap - 8/14 PM

The Fighting Illini return to the Camp Rantoul practice fields for a single practice session, No. 13 of Training Camp, on Thursday morning at 9 a.m. The full Training Camp schedule can be found here

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