Football
Illini Again Impressive in Scrimmage

 
 

Aug. 16, 2008

The Fighting Illini made their first appearance on the brand new Memorial Stadium turf Saturday in their second major scrimmage during training camp.


Junior quarterback Juice Williams shone and the defensive line was impressive once again in Illinois' second major scrimmage of training camp Saturday morning at the newly renovated Memorial Stadium.

Williams completed 16-of-25 passes (64 percent) for 196 yards and two touchdowns, while rushing for another TD and throwing no interceptions. He ran for a three-yard TD early on and then connected with Arrelious Benn for a 45-yard TD strike, the longest play of the day, and Will Judson for a 13-yard score later in the scrimmage. Williams, sophomore Eddie McGee and freshman Jacob Charest combined to complete 33 passes overall and spread the wealth to 17 different receivers.

On the ground freshman Mikel LeShoure was impressive, racking up 95 yards on 14 carries (6.8 ypc), including a 36-yard TD scamper. Junior Marques Wilkins was the top pass catcher on the day, hauling in four passes for 30 yards. Benn had three catches for 58 yards and a TD to lead five UI receivers with three receptions.

Like the first scrimmage in Rantoul earlier in the week, the defense, and specifically the defensive line, was dominant, racking up 26 tackles for loss, 13 sacks and an interception. Sophomore safety Nate Bussey put the first points on the board when he picked-off an Eddie McGee pass and returned it 30 yards for a TD early in the scrimmage.

Assistant coaches and game management personnel used Saturday's scrimmage for a trial runthrough in the almost-finished pressbox.


From there, the defensive line took over, led by sophomore Josh Brent's six tackle, 2.5 TFL, 2.0 sack performance. Junior Clay Nurse and senior Will Davis each racked-up two sacks each, while junior Antonio James, sophomore Jerry Brown, redshirt freshman Daryle Ballew and freshmen Corey Liuget, Ugo Uzodinma, Glenn Foster and Whitney Mercilus each added one sack. Brown led the team with 3.0 tackles for loss and sophomore Martez Wilson tied Brent with a team high six tackles, including one TFL.


Fan Appreciation Day Sunday
The University of Illinois football team will host is annual Fan Appreciation Day at Memorial Stadium on Sunday, Aug. 17 from 1-2:30 p.m. Along with Coach Zook and the more than 100 football players, the Fighting Illini volleyball team will be out to greet the Illini faithful. The event is free of charge and fans attending the event should park in the northeast lot of the Assembly Hall before entering the field through the Horseshoe on Kirby Ave.

The official merchandise partner of Illinois Athletics, GameDay Spirit, will also be on hand to sell Fighting Illini products and Zook Zone towels. One dollar from the sale of each $7 Zook Zone towel will be donated to Coaches vs. Cancer. Zook Zone towels also are available online at fightingillini.com.


Back to Rantoul
After Fan Appreciation Day Sunday, the Fighting Illini will return to Camp Rantoul on Monday for a single practice session beginning at 3:30 p.m.


Scrimmage Scoring Summary
Bussey, Nate 30 yd interception return
Williams, Juice 3 yd run (Eller, Matt kick)
LeShoure, Mikel 36 yd run (Brandabur, Matt kick)
Benn, Arrelious 45 yd pass from Williams, Juice (LeShoure, Mikel rush)
Scott, Cordale 17 yd pass from Charest, Jacob
Brandabur, Matt 36 yd field goal
Dimke, Derek 27 yd field goal
Judson, Will 13 yd pass from Williams, Juice
Dimke, Derek 34 yd field goal
Brandabur, Matt 37 yd field goal
Charest, Jacob 1 yd run


Scrimmage Stats

Punts Kickoffs Intercept All Returns No.Yds.Lg No.Yds.Lg No.Yds.Lg --------------------------------------------- Bussey, Nate 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 30 30 Benn, Arrelious 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 Totals... 1 1 1 0 0 0 1 30 30

Kickoffs No. Yds TB OB Avg --------------------------------------- Eller, Matt 1 70 0 0 70.0

Rushing No Gain Loss Net TD Lg Avg -------------------------------------------- LeShoure, Mikel 14 98 3 95 1 36 6.8 Ford, Jason 14 35 11 24 0 7 1.7 Williams, Juice 7 26 14 12 1 17 1.7 Dufrene, Daniel 5 11 1 10 0 5 2.0 Pacha, Tyler 2 4 0 4 0 2 2.0 Ellington, R. 1 0 1 -1 0 0 -1.0 McGee, Eddie 11 9 51 -42 0 6 -3.8 Charest, Jacob 11 7 54 -47 1 3 -4.3 Totals... 65 190 135 55 3 36 0.8

Passing Att-Cmp-Int Yds TD Long Sack -------------------------------------------- Williams, Juice 25-16-0 196 2 45 2 McGee, Eddie 19-7-1 45 0 30 6 Charest, Jacob 18-10-0 120 1 26 5 TEAM 1-0-0 0 0 0 0 Totals... 63-33-1 361 3 45 13

Receiving No. Yds TD Long ----------------------------------- Wilkins, M. 4 30 0 14 Benn, Arrelious 3 58 1 45 James, Chris 3 28 0 13 Duvalt, Chris 3 25 0 11 McClendon, Greg 3 22 0 8 Judson, Will 3 7 1 13 Davis, London 2 36 0 30 Hoomanawanui, M 2 30 0 18 Reavy, Alex 2 30 0 22 Jenkins, A.J. 1 26 0 26 Graham, Hubie 1 23 0 23 Scott, Cordale 1 17 1 17 Sullivan, Tom 1 11 0 11 Dufrene, Daniel 1 9 0 9 Sykes, Fred 1 7 0 7 LeShoure, Mikel 1 2 0 2 Ford, Jason 1 0 0 0 Totals... 33 361 3 45

Punting No. Yds Avg Long In20 TB ---------------------------------------------- Santella, A. 1 52 52.0 52 1 0 Totals... 1 52 52.0 52 1 0

Punts Kickoffs Intercept All Returns No.Yds.Lg No.Yds.Lg No.Yds.Lg --------------------------------------------- Judson, Will 0 0 0 1 20 20 0 0 0 Totals... 0 0 0 1 20 20 0 0 0

Field goal attempts ---------------------------------------- Eller, Matt 1st 05:00 43 yds - Missed Brandabur, Matt 1st 00:00 36 yds - Good Dimke, Derek 1st 00:00 27 yds - Good Dimke, Derek 1st 00:00 34 yds - Good Brandabur, Matt 1st 00:00 37 yds - Good Dimke, Derek 1st 00:00 42 yds - Blocked


Defensive Statistics

## Player Solo Ast Tot TFL/Yds FF FR-Yd Intc BrUp Blkd Sack/Yds QH -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2 Wilson, Martez 3 3 6 1.0/12 . . . . . . . 92 Brent, Josh 3 3 6 2.5/12 . . . . . 2.0/11 . 90 James, Antonio 4 1 5 2.0/9 . . . . 1 1.0/7 . 3C Johnson, Kevin 4 1 5 . . . . . . . . 27 Gully, Antonio 4 1 5 . . . . . . . . 53 Jefferson, D. 3 2 5 0.5/1 . . . . . . . 38 Thomas, Iam 3 2 5 . . . . . . . . 25 Williams, A. 3 2 5 0.5/0 . . . 1 . . . 4A Uzodinma, U. 1 4 5 1.0/8 . . . . . 1.0/8 . 99 Brown, Jerry 4 . 4 3.0/9 . . . . . 1.0/7 . 93 Liuget, Corey 3 1 4 1.0/6 . . . . . 1.0/6 . 31 Bellamy, Travon 3 1 4 . . . . . . . . 97 Nurse, Clay 2 2 4 2.0/21 . . . . . 2.0/21 . 24 Flowers, Bo 2 2 4 . . . . 1 . . . 45 Pittman, Rodney 2 2 4 2.0/6 . . . . . . . 96 Onyegbule, W. . 4 4 0.5/1 . . . . . . . 98 Ballew, Daryle 1 2 3 1.0/8 . . . . . 1.0/8 . 32 Sanni, Supo 1 2 3 . . . . . . . . 91 Walker, Derek 2 . 2 2.0/13 . . . . . 2.0/13 1 1 Davis, Vontae 2 . 2 . . . . 1 . . . 44 Miller, Brit 2 . 2 . . . . . . . . 47 Foster, Glenn 1 1 2 1.0/6 . . . . . 1.0/6 . 48 Palmer, Nate 1 1 2 1.0/4 . . . . . . . 0B Wilson, Tavon 1 1 2 . . . . . . . . 94 Lindquist, D. 1 1 2 1.0/3 . . . . . . . 85 Mercilus, W. 1 1 2 1.5/5 . . . . . 1.0/5 . 33 Ellington, R. 1 1 2 0.5/1 . . . . . . . 58 Whalen, Bryson 1 1 2 0.5/1 . . . . . . . 55 Jackson, A. 1 1 2 . . . . . . . . 20 Edwards, G. . 2 2 . . . . . . . . 1A Stunkard, Cody . 2 2 0.5/0 . . . . . . . 18 Bussey, Nate 1 . 1 . . . 1-30 1 . . . 81 Davis, Will 1 . 1 1.0/3 . . . . . . . 54 Staples, Justin 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . 43 Carson, Sam . 1 1 . . . . . . . . 39 Gillen, Conor . 1 1 . . . . . . . . 28 Hicks, Dere . 1 1 . . . . 1 . . .

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