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NCAA Football: Camp Rantoul Tuesday Practice 3

Post-Rantoul Three-Deep

This one was pretty easy.  As far as competitions for starting spots go, there's really only three open competitions right now: quarterback, of course (for a competition there wasn't much competing), right tackle (Pat Flavin or Christian DiLauro), and Leo (DeJazz Woods or Dawuane Smoot).  The rest of the starters seem to be set in stone. … [Read More...]

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NCAA Football: Camp Rantoul Tuesday Practice 3

Rantoul 2014 XXV: Closing Thoughts

There's still one more day of Camp Rantoul - today - but I will not be there.  I've left the magical land of Rantoul, walked back through the wardrobe, and emerged … [Read More...]

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Fighting Illini Basketball Scrimmage

Unprecedented

It means nothing.  But it's never happened before, so it means something.  But if nothing comes from it, it didn't mean a thing.  Of course, if something comes from … [Read More...]

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NCAA Football: Camp Rantoul Monday Practice 1

Rantoul 2014 XXIV: Camp Superlatives

I used to just name "biggest surprise" and "camp MVP" and such, but last year I expanded that to this: Camp Superlatives.  Just like your high school yearbook, only with football.  Who looked the best?  Who's the most talented?  I'll try to break down the full … [Read More...]

NCAA Football: Camp Rantoul Monday Practice 1

Rantoul 2014 XXIII: Five Interviews From Friday

Given that it was my last practice, I tried to get in as many interviews as I could. I hadn't talked to Jihad Ward yet, nor V'Angelo Bentley, and I really wanted to talk to Alex Hill. Tim Banks was one of the few coaches I hadn't talked to, so I chatted with … [Read More...]

NCAA Football: Camp Rantoul Tuesday Practice 3

Rantoul 2014 XXII: The Good And The Bad

Every Camp Rantoul, no matter how good or bad a team looks, has the same conundrum: Does the offense look bad because the defense is solid? Is the only reason the defense looks so bad because this is an outstanding offense? Josh Ferguson untouched for the … [Read More...]

NCAA Football: Camp Rantoul Tuesday Practice 3

Rantoul 2014 XXI: Friday Morning Interviews And Videos

I always make this assumption that people follow both the blog and Twitter feed, so sometimes I'll say something here but not say it there (and vice versa).  When I remember that's not the case, I remember to link some of those Twitter things here.  Such as … [Read More...]

NCAA Football: Camp Rantoul Tuesday Practice 3

Rantoul 2014 XX: Change It Up

If there's one thing you don't want in Rantoul, it's complacency. Winning college football teams require each player to get better each day of fall camp. It really is amazing how far players can come in 4/5 years. In 2010, Earnest Thomas looked completely … [Read More...]

NCAA Football: Camp Rantoul Monday Practice 1

Rantoul 2014 XIX: Austin Teitsma and Tim Clary After Practice

For tonight's interviews, I decided to have some fun.  Austin Teitsma is always fun - not kidding, the kid never stops smiling - and Tim Clary is fun too.  So I decided to give Clary a hard time about tripping over the five yard line last year on the way to … [Read More...]

NCAA Football: Camp Rantoul Tuesday Practice 3

Rantoul 2014 XVIII: Mailbag 5

OK, so I asked for questions in the comments sections of the posts, and I haven't answered any of those yet.  So now I have exactly 59 minutes before the Thursday practice starts.  How many can I answer in that time?  Five?  I think I can answer five.  … [Read More...]

NCAA Football: Camp Rantoul Monday Practice 2

Rantoul 2014 XVII: Mailbag 4

This first one is probably one of my favorite mailbag questions.  We live in a Twitter world, and while there are some things that are shortened in life that should be lengthened (people used to actually connect through long telephone conversations), I do like … [Read More...]

NCAA Football: Camp Rantoul Monday Practice 2

Rantoul 2014 XVI: Mailbag 3

I didn't intend for the mailbag to go this way, but let's pick questions from the message board thread for this mailbag.  First two mailbags were all from Twitter, this one will be message board questions, then maybe a mailbag post from the comments section, … [Read More...]

NCAA Football: Camp Rantoul Monday Practice 1

Rantoul 2014 XV: Braintrust

Now that was fun. I'll get to more mailbaggery tomorrow (I think I can get in three mailbag posts before the afternoon practice - maybe four). Tonight, I want to talk about how fun this is. I'll never understand why more people don't attend Camp Rantoul. … [Read More...]

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