Robert, you might consider eliminating some stress and dropping the player ranking aspect of "The 90 Illini", if not for the remainder of this season, then the next. I think most (all?) of us would be just as happy with your typical analysis in whatever order it comes. Plus, you're good, but is anyone really "this guy is definitely #7, not #8" good at ranking?
The other possibilities are endless: alphabetically, by two/three-deep projection, by birthday, by uniform number, by number of snaps played (or reverse), by hometown distance to campus, by random player generator, etc.