Aug. 14, 2014
Beckman Interview | Training Camp Central
RANTOUL, Ill. - The Illinois football team went through a single practice on the grounds of the former Chanute Air Force Base on Thursday. The Fighting Illini worked on a number of situations in the 11-on-11 drills during practice, finishing with a hurry-up series to punctuate the workout that lasted just over two hours.
After practice, head coach Tim Beckman and seniors Reilly O'Toole and Earnest Thomas spoke with local residents who had gathered for a picnic held by village mayor at the pavilion adjacent to the practice fields. They thanked the fans for their support and looked forward to a successful season.
Memorial Stadium Graphics Installed
While the Illini are at Camp Rantoul, some improvements were being made at Memorial Stadium. The banners along the side walls of Zuppke Field featuring the bowl games Illinois has played in were removed and have been replaced by wall graphics that say "Illinois" and "Fighting Illini" near the 20-yard-lines on each side, with the Victory Badge logo at midfield. A new screen has been added below the Horseshoe at the south end, with the logo and year of each Illinois bowl appearance.
Good Samaritan Monheim Reunited with Local Girl
Regular readers may remember the photo of Illini linebacker Mason Monheim helping a local girl fix her bike in the midst of the pouring rain after Monday evening's practice. Monheim caught up with Whitney, a Rantoul resident who has been a regular at Camp Rantoul over the past few years.
Junior college transfer defensive lineman Joe Fotu and freshman linebacker Tre Watson happily hung their helmet stripes on the whiteboard on Wednesday morning, then freshmen Chayce Crouch and Tito Odenigbo shed their stripes in the evening as they were de-striped for their performance so far in camp. Illini newcomers begin training camp with a single white stripe on their practice helmets. If their teammates and the coaching staff deem them worthy, newcomers can earn their way to being "de-striped" through hard work during training camp. The action signifies that the player is no longer being considered a newcomer to the team.
Newcomers who have been "de-striped"
WR Geronimo Allison, 8/9
LEO Carroll Phillips, 8/9
WR Mike Dudek, 8/9
DL Jihad Ward, 8/9
OL Nick Allegretti, 8/11 AM
LB Henry McGrew, 8/11 AM
WR Malik Turner, 8/11 AM
OL Jake Angona, 8/11 PM
DL Paul James III, 8/11 PM
DB Chris James, 8/12
OL Peter Cvijanovic, 8/12
DL Joe Fotu, 8/13 AM
LB Tre Watson, 8/13 AM
QB Chayce Crouch, 8/13 PM
DL Tito Odenigbo, 8/13 PM
LB Austin Roberts, 8/14
WR Tyrin Stone-Davis, 8/14
Illinois will have another two-a-day practice on Friday, with the first session beginning at 9 a.m. and the afternoon starting at 4:15 p.m.