Training Camp Day 8: Camp Rantoul Begins
Aug. 11, 2014
After a full day of interviews, photos and signing autographs for fans on Sunday, the Fighting Illini moved to Camp Rantoul for wall-to-wall football during week two of training camp. The Illini hit the practice fields off U.S. Route 45 at 9 a.m. Monday morning for the first of two sessions. Illinois worked extensively on special teams fundamentals for the first portion of practice, then moved into individual drills, 7-on-7 and team sections on a cool, overcast morning.
After an afternoon filled with film study and meetings, the team strapped on full pads for a scrimmage Monday evening.
The scrimmage began with situational work, starting with red-zone action then working through "coming out" situations, with the offense beginning drives in the shadow of its own goal line. The No. 1 offense faced the No. 2 defense, and the No. 1 defense went against the No. 2 offense. As expected, the No. 1 units controlled the action through most of those situational drills.
The first-string offense scored twice on their first set of drives, both capped by Josh Ferguson runs. When the leading defense faced the No. 2 offense, Marchie Murdock caught about a 20-yard pass down the middle of the field but the defense forced a field goal attempt.
Late in the scrimmage, Reilly O'Toole hit Mike Dudek in stride near the sideline and Dudek cut upfield, out-running the defense for a 40-yard touchdown. One of the next trips down the field, Devin Church found a seam against the No. 2 defense and raced to a 40-yard score.
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The Fighting Illini have a single practice Tuesday beginning at 4:15 p.m. All practices at Camp Rantoul are free and open to the public.
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