Illini Defense Steps Up In Second Spring Scrimmage
April 5, 2008
The Illinois football team hosted its second scrimmage of the spring season Saturday in front of nearly 300 fans inside Memorial Stadium. Amidst construction, the Illini defense put together a strong output which included 10 sacks, two interceptions and 11 stopped drives.
The Illini offense, playing with only one returning starter on the offensive line, put together two scoring drives during "regular" situations, both of which resulted in touchdown catches by Jeff Cumberland. Juice Williams connected with him for a 35-yard score on the second drive, then capped the final drive with a 16-yard toss and diving catch.
Cumberland was the leading receiver for the day, logging five catches for 96 yards. Williams completed 55 percent of his throws and passed for 222 yards. Chris Duvalt (who has moved from defensive back to receiver this spring) and Brian Gamble each had four catches and Chris James added three and a touchdown (during redzone play).
Defensively, the safeties and middle linebackers led the way with Nate Bussey (9), Bo Flowers (8), Brit Miller (8) and Sam Carson's (7) tackles. The defensive line accounted for six of the 10 sacks with tackle David Lindquist and end Derek Walker each notching two. True-freshman Ashante Williams came up with the first interception of the day, returning the catch 43 yards. Andrew Harweger made a diving stab to log the second.
The Illini have hit the halfway mark of the spring season and will host one more scrimmage before the Spring Game finale April 19. Next Saturday, the squad will head to Chicagoland to scrimmage at Lemont High School. Start time is set for 1 p.m. Admission is free.
Scoring Summary (in regular drives)
Scoring Summary (in red zone)