Illini Training Camp: Day 12
Aug. 15, 2014
RANTOUL, Ill. - The Fighting Illini held their third two-a-day practice of Camp Rantoul on Friday, beginning with a fast-paced morning session in shorts and shells and a full-pad evening session. Both practices featured lots of goal line work.
In the afternoon, the players enjoyed a pair of classic hitting drills, as four pairs of players got their turn at "Bull in the Ring," while a few more groups did the alley drill. One of the more entertaining reps of the alley drill was when defensive tackle/fullback Jake Howe took the handoff and plowed his way over the goal line, as you can see in the Instagram video below.
While onlookers have become accustomed to seeing the No. 1 units practicing against the No. 2 units in Rantoul, the Illini coaches switched things up a bit on Friday evening. During the day's second practice, they mixed first-stringers with second-stringers on both sides of the ball, giving the players a different look prior to Saturday's scrimmage.
Freeze Pops and Pickles
Why freeze pops and pickles? According to Illinois director of sports nutrition Chelsea Burkart, it's important for the players to replenish their bodies with carbs and sodium within 30 minutes of the end of practice. Needless to say, they're once again a hit with the players.
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