Illini Go Full Pads For Single Session

Coach Turner and the Illini are busy preparing for the 2000 campaign at Camp Rantoul.
Coach Turner and the Illini are busy preparing for the 2000 campaign at Camp Rantoul.

Aug. 16, 2000

PRACTICE NOTES: The Illini took to the field in full pads for the second straight day for a spirited practice filled with hard-hitting plays during officiated team periods. The 80-degree temperatures and slight breeze were a much-appreciated break from the 90 degrees faced on Monday and Tuesday. In the first session of team work, Jameel Cook caught a short Kurt Kittner pass and turned it into a 62-yard touchdown and on the following play fullback Carlos Lattimore took a hand off from Dustin Ward into the endzone for a TD the same distance.

"Today was a good practice," head coach Ron Turner said. "There was a lot of intensity and good execution. This was the first dose of a real scrimmage we have had."

EVERYBODY'S ALL-AMERICA: With the success of an 8-4 season in 1999 comes expectations in 2000 and preseason accolades for the entire team. In May, senior offensive tackle Marques Sullivan was named a preseason Playboy All-American and earned a trip to Pheonix, Ariz., for a weekend with the other elite players. On the trip the players took part in a half-hour show featuring the 2000 Playboy Preseason All-America team. The show will be aired in four surrounding markets and the times and dates are as follows:

Chicago             WLS-ABC    Aug. 26   1 p.m.
St. Louis           KSDK-NBC   Aug. 27   11:30 a.m.
Peoria-Bloomington  WHOI-ABC   Sept. 3   Noon
Rockford            WIFR-CBS   Aug. 26   11 a.m.


Thursday, Aug. 17     8:30 a.m./3:30 p.m.
Friday, Aug. 18       8:30 a.m./3:30 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 19     7 p.m. (at Rantoul HS)
Monday, Aug. 21       8:30 a.m./3:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Aug. 22      8:30 a.m./1:45 p.m