Football Focused On Day One Of Spring Ball


March 21, 2000

A FRESH START: The University of Illinois football team took to the field in the Memorial Stadium Bubble today for day one of the 2000 spring practice season. Dressed in shorts, the Illini took part in a two-hour non-contact session. The squad worked through 10 periods of position specific drills and one-on-one work, capped by a session of 7-on-7 drills.

"I was very happy with our enthusiasm and focus today," head coach Ron Turner said. "We did see that we have a lot of work to do. I told the guys that we have 15 practices to take advantage of this spring and this was just the beginning."

PRESEASON HONORS: Senior offensive tackle Marques Sullivan earned a very prestigious honor today after being notified that he will be among the nation's elite on the Playboy Preseason All-America team. Members of the team get to travel to the Playboy ranch in Arizona and are honored in the football preview issue of Playboy. The last time an Illinois player earned these honors were by linebackers Simeon Rice and Kevin Hardy.

SPRING GAME TIME SET: The 2000 Orange and Blue Spring game time has been set for 2 p.m. on April 15 at Memorial Stadium. A special Illini Street Fest tailgate party is scheduled for pregame which will include a live band, food by Chevy's Fresh Mex, and interactive games on the West grass lot.

PRACTICE TIMES: Practices are open to the public and media and photographers will be able to shoot the first 20 minutes. The 2000 spring practice times are as follows:

Practice #2Wednesday, March 223:45 p.m.
Practice #3Friday, March 243:45 p.m.
Practice #4Monday, March 273:45 p.m.
Practice #5Thursday, March 303:45 p.m.
Practice #6Friday, March 313:45 p.m.
Practice #7Saturday, April 12:00 p.m.
Practice #8Monday, April 33:45 p.m.
Practice #9Tuesday, April 43:45 p.m.
Practice #10Thursday, April 63:45 p.m.
Practice #11Friday, April 73:45 p.m.
Practice #12Monday, April 103:45 p.m.
Practice #13Wednesday, April 123:45 p.m.
Practice #14Thursday, April 133:45 p.m.
Spring GameSaturday, April 152:00 p.m.