Training Camp Final Day: Marching Illini Visit
Aug. 23, 2014
Exactly one week from the season-opener against Youngstown State, the Fighting Illini got a sneak peek at what the logistics of a game day at Memorial Stadium will be like. The Illini players and coaches took part in a mock scrimmage covering different game day situations. After the walkthrough the Marching Illini band and Illinettes dance team played some of their game day tunes, much to the enjoyment of the team. All the classics were played, such as "Illinois Loyalty," "Oskee Wow Wow," "War Chant," "Seven Nation Army," "William Tell Overture," "Low Brass," and much more.
Led by running back Donovonn Young, defensive lineman Joe Fotu and long snapper Michael Martin, the Fighting Illini showed off some dance moves, haka skills and singing chops, respectively, for the band.
When the Marching Illini finished playing, Coach Beckman took the mic to tell them how important they are to the Gameday atmosphere. "You are the best damn band in the land, there is no question about it," Beckman said. "There's somebody else that might say they are, but I know, because I've heard both and been involved with both. You're the best!"
After the Marching Illini performance, the players enjoyed lunch with their parents and families, who were on hand for the walk-through.
With training camp now in the books and University of Illinois classes starting on Monday, the Illini will shift into game-week mode with a light workout in front of the student body on Sunday, followed by afternoon practices Monday through Friday prior to Saturday's season-opener against Youngstown State (11 a.m. CT on BTN). Be sure to check out Gameday Central for all the latest Fighting Illini game day information.
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