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    Illini Power: Players Getting Bigger, Stronger, Faster
    The weight room is a busy place for the Fighting Illini football players this winter.  Come next fall, they'll be pumping iron in a new, state-of-the-art training facility underneath the new north stands at Memorial Stadium.

    The weight room is a busy place for the Fighting Illini football players this winter. Come next fall, they'll be pumping iron in a new, state-of-the-art training facility underneath the new north stands at Memorial Stadium.

    Feb. 21, 2008

    It's heavy-lifting time for the Fighting Illini football team. Coach Lou Hernandez and his staff have seen tremendous strength gains in the players in the last month since they returned for second-semester classes.


    The Fighting Illini football team is making up for "lost time" in the weight room. While certainly no one would trade away last month's Rose Bowl appearance, it did mean that the gridders spent less time in the weight room during December of 2007 than they did the previous year.

    The Illinois squad has hit the weight room and the indoor facility with a vengeance, and Strength and Conditioning Coach Lou Hernandez couldn't be more pleased with the results thus far. Freshman Ian Thomas, he says, is the team's strongest player, pound for pound, at this juncture. Guys like David Lindquist and Brandon Jordan are throwing around some serious weight. And with the senior class having departed, new leaders are emerging during this phase of training, players such as Lindquist, Xavier Fulton, Ryan McDonald, Derek Walker, Vontae Davis, Brit Miller and Juice Williams.

    For the full story, check out this in-depth interview with Lou Hernandez...VIDEO

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