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December 2013 Archives

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Weekly Update Archive | Illini in the NFL Website

Each week the Illini in the NFL update will provide coverage on how former Fighting Illini football players fared during the previous week. Chargers DE Corey Liuget and Chiefs WR A.J. Jenkins both had big games in Week 17, while 12 former Illini punched their tickets for the playoffs, which start next week. 

Headed to the playoffs are four Patriots (DE Michael Buchanan, CB Justin Green, TE Michael Hoomanawanui, CB Tavon Wilson), three Chiefs (OL Jeff Allen, OL Jon Asamoah, WR A.J. Jenkins), two Saints (DE Glenn Foster, RB Pierre Thomas), two Colts (CB Vontae Davis, OL Hugh Thornton) and one Charger (DE Corey Liuget).

Corey Liuget, DE, San Diego Chargers - Liuget produced a big game for the playoff-bound Chargers, recording four tackles and this sack on Chase Daniel for a six-yard loss.  Liuget finished the regular season with 42 tackles, 5.5 sacks, and one forced fumble.

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Weekly Update Archive | Illini in the NFL Website

Each week the Illini in the NFL update will provide coverage on how former Fighting Illini football players fared during the previous week. In week 16, Tavon Wilson returned his first pick-six of his career, Whitney Mercilus tallied his seventh sack of the season, and Alan Ball reeled in his fifth career interception.

Tavon Wilson, FS, New England Patriots - In his 12th game of the season, Wilson recorded his first career pick-six, returning the interception for 76 yards. It was his fifth career interception. Wilson also had one tackle in the Patriots 41-7 win over the Ravens.

Illini Ink: Giana O'Connor

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Giana.jpgIllini Ink - The yearly journal that takes you behind the scenes of the Illinois women's gymnastics team. In this season's seventh edition, sophomore Giana O'Connor talks about holiday activities, finals week, volunteering, and going home for break. 

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Weekly Update Archive | Illini in the NFL Website

Each week the Illini in the NFL update will provide coverage on how former Fighting Illini football players fared during the previous week. In week 15, Michael Hoomanawanui made the highlight reel with a one-handed touchdown grab and Rashard Mendenhall found the end-zone twice.

Michael Hoomanawanui, TE, New England Patriots - Hoomanawanui grabbed some media attention this past weekend when he reeled in a nifty one-handed grab in the endzone for a 13-yard touchdown. Hoomanawanui will continue to see added snaps down the stretch with Rob Gronkowski out for the season.

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Weekly Update Archive | Illini in the NFL Website

Each week the Illini in the NFL update will provide coverage on how former Fighting Illini football players fared during the previous week. In week 14, Corey Liuget recorded another sack and Alan Ball tallied his fourth career interception.  

Corey Liuget, DE, San Diego Chargers - Started in the Chargers 37-14 win over the Giants, while tallying three total tackles. Liuget also had half of a sack, as Eli went down for -11 yards. The sack pushes his 2013 total to 4.5 and career total to 12.5 just three seasons into his professional career.

Alan Ball, CB, Jacksonville Jaguars  - Ball started and had four tackles and an interception in the Jaguars' 27-20 win over the Houston Texans this past Thursday night. It was his first interception of the season, the fourth of his career, pushing the Jaguars to their fourth victory in the last five games after starting 0-8.

Chlorine Chronicles: Dec. 10, 2013

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Lynn Blog Size Photo.jpgThree Illini swimmers--Cara Chuang, Stephanie Hein and Erica Lynn--are teaming up to give fans an inside look at the Illinois swimming and diving program. In this fourth edition, Lynn talks about finishing second in a scavenger hunt, Thanksgiving, and, most importantly, an update on the team's dating pets, Gilby and Bianca.

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Weekly Update Archive | Illini in the NFL Website

Each week the Illini in the NFL update will provide coverage on how former Fighting Illini football players fared during the previous week. In week 13, Rashard Mendenhall rushed for a season high, AJ Jenkins emerged with three catches and Whitney Mercilus got his sixth sack of the season.

Rashard Mendenhall, RB, Arizona Cardinals - Despite not posting a touchdown in Sunday's road matchup against the Eagles, Mendenhall was able to record a season-high in rushing yards with 76 yards on 18 carries. The second-most rushing yards Mendenhall achieved this season came back in week two when he ran on the ground for 66 yards against Detroit. The Cardinals lost Sunday's game to the Eagles in Philadelphia 24-21.

Illini Ink: Sarah Lyons

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Lyons.jpgIllini Ink - The yearly journal that takes you behind the scenes of the Illinois women's gymnastics team. In this season's sixth edition, freshman Sarah Lyons talks about getting together with the team for Thanksgiving, the squad's first intrasquad, and Orange and Blue exhibition Sunday, Dec. 8.