The 90 Illini – 45 to 41

We’re fully into the two-deep now. Until we get to the mid-20’s, this list will be understudy after understudy. A few of these guys will surprise in camp and make a push for a starting spot. But for the most part, we’re looking at the backups. And, since we have 15 starting seniors, we’re likely looking at next year’s starters. [Read more…]


Remember #TFLU from 2012? How I wanted us to be known as Tackle For Loss University? How Tim Banks’ defenses always got into the backfield and that’s what he’d build here? Well, at least for his final season, that was true. And I think it gets even better this year. [Read more…]

The 90 Illini – 50 to 46

The top 50! I look at the team as 25 starters (11 on offense, 11 on defense, kicker, punter, long-snapper). I’m not the best at math but if there’s such a thing as a “two deep” then that’s two players at each position… 25 times 2, carry the 1… the top-50 is pretty much the two-deep. [Read more…]

The 90 Illini – 55 to 51

I’m a few days behind here (blame Jeremiah Tilmon), but I should be caught up this week. So glad I chose to do these five at a time this year.

The top 50 are players who are definitely in the rotation, while so these players are right on the outside looking in. Right to it: [Read more…]

The 90 Illini – 60 to 56

I’m writing this from about 9,000 feet (mountain, not airplane), so if the altitude affects my writing I apologize in advance. I’ve blamed the altitude for my headaches, my shortness of breath, and my general malaise the last few days. So if this post goes south… add it to the list. [Read more…]

Need To Know

When you have this many senior starters, there aren’t many unknowns. Most of the departed seniors had junior backups, so most of the depth chart spots are already spoken for. Next year, there will be around 17 outstanding questions. This year, here’s the five things we still need to know. [Read more…]


Just write. I always have to remind myself to write. I get all wrapped up in this series and that series and “I need to write about #FJND and I have to do the next 90i and am I caught up on LLOUI?” and I forget to just write. Just got off the phone with four football players (for an article I’m writing). They left me with this general feeling: calm. [Read more…]

Looks Like University Of Illinois – Marc Mondesir

Two players commit on the same day – Vederian Lowe and Marc Mondesir.  I write the LLOUI post the next day for Lowe… and now I’m covering Mondesir nearly two weeks later.  When I do that, it’s usually a sign of this: you’ll like the post I write – you probably won’t like the post I’m putting off. [Read more…]

The 90 Illini – 75 to 71

As we get close to the 60’s we start to leave the “will likely redshirt” group and begin to look at players who might make a small contribution. In other words, the days of me writing “he’ll redshirt, lift, and we’ll see what we have in a few years” for every player might be over. [Read more…]

Back & Forth – Football Recruiting

Steve and I exchanged some emails this last week – mostly regarding football recruiting.  I figured I’d share.  That was the whole genesis behind B&F posts anyway.  I’m constantly emailing and texting about all things Illini – why not publish some of those conversations? Here’s some football talk. [Read more…]