Training Camp Day 17: Almost Game Week

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Post-Practice Interviews: Beckman | Cubit | Lankford

Illinois moved to the grass practice fields on the east side of Memorial Stadium on Wednesday, as temperatures rose to the mid-80s. The team continued to install and fine-tune the Southern Illinois game plan in a workout that lasted nearly two hours.

With Camp Rantoul in the rearview mirror, Illini Productions released a slick video highlighting some of the action from the past week. Love the slow-motion!

Also on the video front, the Big Ten Network's Illinois season preview show will debut Wednesday at 8 p.m. on BTN. Dave Revsine, former Illini Howard Griffith and Gerry DiNardo watched practice in Rantoul on Wednesday, Aug. 14, and will share their opinions on the Illinois team in the episode. Catch the show on BTN or BTN2Go.

Illinois announced Wednesday a number of social media-oriented promotions for the season-opener against Southern Illinois on Aug. 31. As part of Social Media Day, fans can win a personalized Illinois jersey, an #Illini T-shirt and tickets to the Chicago Homecoming game, as well as have their photos retweeted and shared by the official Illinois Football Twitter and Facebook accounts. Get all the details here

Also for the SIU game, the Family 4-Pack ticket packages are selling well, with over 2,100 being purchased in the first week. For only $49, fans can purchase four tickets, four hot dogs and four drinks ($12.25 per person). And additional tickets are available at the same rate. Buy your Family 4-Pack here.

Two more Illini newcomers were de-striped on Wednesday, with freshman quarterback Man Berg and freshman linebacker Nate Echard earning the right to remove their helmet stripes. Here's the full list of de-striped Illini:

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
DB Caleb Day - 8/15
OL Austin Schmidt - 8/15
DL Jarrod "Chunky" Clements - 8/16 AM
OL Dallas Hinkhouse - 8/16 AM
QB Wes Lunt - 8/16 PM
DB Dillan Cazley - 8/16 PM
DB Darwyn Kelly - 8/17
OL Harry Black - 8/17
WR Kevin Carroll - 8/19
LB Grant Rushing - 8/19
QB Man Berg - 8/21
LB Nathan Echard - 8/21

The Illini return to the practice field Thursday at 10:45 a.m. as they continue to prepare for the season-opener against SIU.


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