Illini Gridders Complete Rookie Camp


Aug. 8, 2000

Listen to freshmen Patrick Babcock and Duke Preston III comment on the opening practices.

* Patrick?Babcock
* Duke?Preston?III

PRACTICE NOTES: The Fighting Illini football rookie squad experienced weather extremes of rain and 60-degree weather during the morning session followed by heat and humidity in the afternoon session.

The team went through individual and group periods as well as 7-on-7 and team work to wrap up the hour-and-a-half sessions. In team work, the offense was productive while the defense forced three turnovers. Quarterbacks Christian Morton and Mark Kornfeld took equal reps during 7-on-7 periods. Morton was 3-of-6 with 13 yards, while Kornfeld completed 6-of-7 passes for 68 yards, including a an 12-yarder to fullback Brad Haywood. Defensively, linebacker Joe Bevis and defensive back Nana Agyeman pulled down inteceptions on the day along with a fumble recovery by linebacker Lee Sicinski.

"(After four chances to see the rookies) I really feel this is a good group of players," Head Coach Ron Turner said. "They are fast and physical and are doing a good job of learning the system."

CAMP ST. JOSEPH: As tradition during the Turner era, the fourth practice of rookie camp takes place at former Illini standout John Wright, Sr.'s house in St. Joseph. The freshmen work out on the Wright's regulation 100-yard football field and enjoy a cookout following the final session of rookie camp.

"We really enjoy coming out here," Turner said. "Some of the guys who aren't from around here wonder where we are taking them, but they have heard from the upperclassmen what a great place this is."