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    Illinois Fighting Illini Thread

    **2012 Season Update**

    2012 Schedule
    9/1/12 Illinois vs Western Michigan
    9/8/12 Illinois @ Arizona St
    9/15/12 Illinois vs Charleston Southern
    9/22/12 Illinois vs Louisiana Tech
    9/29/12 Illinois vs Penn St
    10/6/12 Illinois @ Wisconsin
    10/13/12 Illinois @ Michigan
    10/20/12 -Bye Week-
    10/27/12 Illinois vs Indiana
    11/3/12 Illinois @ Ohio St
    11/10/12 Illinois vs Minnesota
    11/17/12 Illinois vs Purdue
    11/24/12 Illinois @ Northwestern

    2012 Key Returnees (class reflects class at the start of next season)
    Offense: OC Graham Pocic (RS Sr)- Pocic should be the anchor for the OL once again and have a shot at the Rimington Trophy IMO.

    Defense: LB Jonathan Brown (JR)- 108 Tackles, 19.5 Tackles for Loss, 6 Sacks, 1 INT, 1 FR, 1 FF. It is safe to say that Brown is a ****ing stud. IMO he was the best player on the team last season. That is saying a lot with how good Whitney was.

    Top Recruits
    Offense: RB Dami Ayoola-
    Out of national powerhouse St. Thomas Aquinas, Ayoola is expected to be a contributor right away at RB. He is our Jason Ford replacement IMO.

    Defense: S/OLB TaJarvis Fuller- He enrolled early and will be on the field for Spring Practice and the Spring Game. He is looked at as a playmaker with great instincts.

    2012's Top 3 Storylines
    1. Who's the QB?
    Beckman wants to run the spread. He and Gonzalez both have ties to Urban Meyer. But, Meyer won a championship with Chris Leak at the helm and he wasn't an option QB. Riley is clearly the better passer. Nate is the better athlete. I expect an open competition and Nate to end up going to WR with Riley starting at QB. Nate will end up in Eddie McGee's role IMO.

    2. Can the Defense keep it up?
    This unit was absolutely amazing under Coach Vic; top 10 in the country and churning out NFL talent. I've liked what I've read about Tim Banks. Buchanan has to adequately take over for Whitney. Spence has to continue to improve. Brown needs to keep being a crazy SoB. But, maybe most importantly we need to find two starting caliber Safeties.

    3. Where are the playmakers on O?
    AJ Jenkins is gone. Next year I am expecting a number of players to step up. If Donovonn Young can solve the fumbling problems he will be full on beast mode. Ferguson looked like lightning in a bottle. Millines needs to stay on the field and he will adequately replace Jenkins IMO. The two I expect the most out of are Young and Jon Davis. They are future NFL studs IMO.
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    Martez is gone :cry:
    http://sports.espn.go.com/chicago/nc...ory?id=6007747

    I can't blame him after spending 4 years on campus and this being a weak LB class. I've seen him projected everywhere from end of Rd 1 to Rd 4.

    Mikel announcing tomorrow
    http://sports.espn.go.com/chicago/nc...ory?id=6008105

    Even though I'm convinced he's gone we can still hope.

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    Mikel is gone.

    http://sports.espn.go.com/chicago/nc...ory?id=6011128

    Scheelhaase is going to have to step up and hopefully Jason Ford gets on the program that Mikel was on last offseason. I'm probably most excited to see what Bud Golden can do.

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    Liuget is also gone.

    http://twitter.com/schadjoe/status/24956579027623936

    Akeem Spence's development is going to be huge for this D and this team.

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    My brother is going to U of I in the fall, he's got his season tix. Me, my dad and my little brother all got ours too. I'm excited.

    I'm trusting that our offense is going to be dominant this season. Scheelhaase should be impressive in his second season. Hopefully he was on some offseason workouts to help improve his arm strength. Because, really, that was the only problem he had last year. We have some nice recievers as well that showed promise last year. Darius Millines is a guy that I'm hoping breaks out.

    Jason Ford is going to have to step up and be the workhorse back. I think he'll be ready to break out. He's a beast, consistent carries will do him a heck of a lot of good. When he got carries last year he put up some nice numbers.

    Defense is a bit of a mystery. Terry Hawthorne is a shut down corner and a playmaker. He needs to stay healthy. Other than that, I'm a little bit in the dark. Michael Buchanon should be good.

    It will be interesting, this team has a ton of promise. If a lot of things go right, we'll be playing on New Year's Day. Either way, this team should be fun to watch and will put up points. Can't wait for the season.
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    There have been a few news worthy items in Illinois football since my last update.

    1. Two of our top incoming prospects, DT Clint Tucker and our top recruit DB Dondi Kirby, both failed to meet academic requirements. Tucker enrolled in a prep school and is expected on campus after next year.

    2. Jason Ford was arrested for driving with a suspended license and missed pretty much all of spring ball with an injury. Troy Pollard, AJ Jenkins, and Darius Millines also all missed time with injuries.

    So, with Camp Rantoul about a month away I'm looking forward to some players I think are going to have breakout seasons:

    1. LB Jonathan Brown (Soph)- Bussey and Martez are gone, leaving a huge void. But, Brown has the talent to be a big time playmaker at LB. Plus he is nuts which is always good at LB.

    2. WR Ryan Lankford (Soph)- With Jenkins and Millines missing most of the spring Lankford took advantage and was Scheelhaase's favorite target. He's got Ryan Broyles-esque talent IMO.

    3. CB Terry Hawthorne (JR)- After missing most of last season with injuries it is time for him to put it together. He and Tavon Wilson should anchor a secondary that is the strength of the D.

    4. DE/LB Michael Buchanon (JR)- The Bandit LB is all about making plays. With Nurse and Liuget gone Buchanon needs to flash some improved pass rushing skills.

    5. RB Jason Ford (SR)- Once he was considered to be the superior RB to Mikel Leshoure. With one season left it is time to pick up where Mikel left off.

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    They looked pretty good last week. They should put a hurting on South Dakota State this week too.

    The big test will be the 17th against Arizona State.

    Ford looked beastly Saturday and AJ Jenkins is going to have a HUGE year this season.

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    great showing today by the Illini. I'm pumped for the game next week agaisnt Arizona State. Hopefully they win.
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    I hate watching FCS opponents. But, next week should be really exciting with ASU coming to town, hopefully ranked.

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    we better beat ASU. I need to make fun of all my friends who are mizzou fans

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    Quote Originally Posted by metsfaninSTL View Post
    we better beat ASU. I need to make fun of all my friends who are mizzou fans
    We need to win because I have a $100 bet with my cousin who just graduated from ASU. Throw the stable of RBs at them and see what happens.

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    Yeah that's about all we can do. Apparantely they have a good defense and a stud linebacker who makes a lot of plays. I don't know much about their team though.

    Making the trip up for my first game of the year, hopefully the Illini pull one out. It'd be a big win early on.

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    ^ASU is pretty good, especially on D. Vontaze Burfitct (the good LB) is a top 5 player in the country and the best player on Defense in the country by far IMO. This is a great test for us.

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    Can't wait to see what Illinois is all about, it should be a real good game

    Go Illini!

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