Illini Training Camp: Day 1
Aug. 4, 2014
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The Fighting Illini got 2014 training camp started Monday with a pair of practices, a late afternoon session on the grass practice fields east of Memorial Stadium and an evening session inside the stadium. The team was split into Orange and Blue squads, with the orange primarily consisting of first-string players and newcomers, and the Blue composed of second- and third-stringers as they stood prior to camp.
Illinois will have four days of split-squad practices to fulfill NCAA requirements prior to putting on full pads. These sessions also provide each player with more repetitions than he would normally get during a full-squad practice, which especially benefits newcomers.
The Illini practiced in helmets, practice jerseys and shorts on Monday and will do the same on Tuesday. Wednesday's and Thursday's practices will be in "shells" - helmets, shoulder pads and shorts - before the team merges together and suits up in full pads Friday night.
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