Freshman Lonnie Hurst was the individual bowling champion, rolling a 169 at the Camp Rantoul Bowling Tournament.
Aug. 15, 2003
RANTOUL, Ill. - Under sunny skies, the Illini football team worked out twice in shoulder pads, taking a day off from full pads in the 90-degree heat index. The afternoon practice featured over 1,000 middle school football players in town to take part in games at the Camp Rantoul fields. Twenty-two Junior Football League Teams watched practice and sought autographs from the Illinois squad.
"Seeing those kids out here makes me feel like I am a kid again," junior linebacker Matt Sinclair said. "They keep our spirits high and motivate us to play at a higher level because you know they are looking up to you."
CAMP RANTOUL BOWLING CHAMPIONSHIP: After a long reign as Camp Rantoul Bowling Tournament Champions, the specialists fell to the quarterbacks under a cloud of controversy at the seventh-annual event. It came down to a bowl-off between the two position groups and the signal-callers came out on top. The individual champion went to freshman wide receiver Lonnie Hurst after he rolled an impressive 169. The night was kicked off with the official "first-bowl," an orange ball thrown out by head coach Ron Turner (he knocked down eight pins).
PREPARING FOR THE SCRIMMAGE: The Illini will have only one practice on Saturday, but it's the annual mid-camp scrimmage at Rantoul High School, the first opportunity for fans to get a good look at the 2003 squad. The format will include a first-half with the first-teams and second-teams battling one another. The second half will feature the ones vs. the twos. Special teams work will be practiced as they come up in the course of the scrimmage.
"Saturday is a big day," head coach Ron Turner said. "I am looking forward to seeing how they respond when the lights are on and in front of a big crowd. I want to see who plays with enthusiasm and execution."
UPCOMING SCHEDULE: The Illini are 13 practices into the 2003 camp in Rantoul, Ill., and welcome fans and members of community out to the former Chanute Air Force Base to get a look at the next Illinois edition. Here is the schedule for the upcoming days:
Sat., Aug. 16 7 p.m. Practice #14 Mon., Aug. 18 8:40 a.m. Practice #15 3:30 p.m. Practice #16 Tues., Aug. 19 8:40 a.m. Practice #17 Wed., Aug. 20 8:40 a.m. Practice #18 3:30 p.m. Practice #19