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.