The 90 Illini #18: Vederian Lowe
You have currently viewed 1 story this month.
IlliniBoard now offers two free stories per month, for more please subscribe.
Am I really going to try to type out 17 of these (skipping #13) in the next two days? Yes, I'm really going to try to type out 17 of these in the next two days. The preview is done, I'm finally caught up on my email inbox, I made the quick trip to St. Louis, and now my agenda for the next two days is to hammer these out. You might say that this post is just........
One of the seventeen.
18. Vederian Lowe
Uniform number: 79
Year in school: Senior (2 years to play 1)
Height: 6'-6" -- Weight: 320 lbs.
Hometown: Rockford, Illinois
High School: Auburn HS
Five best offers: none listed
Tom Cruise rating:
2019 statistics: Started all 13 games at left tackle.
See, it's good that we're now in the starters. When I'm writing about Phifer Griffin you're all "who?" and I have to write four paragraphs of background so you know who he is. When I'm writing about Vederian Lowe you're all "oh right our starting left tackle the last 32 games".
Vederian Lowe has been our starting left tackle the last 32 games. Actually, the first games he started were at right tackle. But in 2018 he moved to left tackle and he's been anchored there ever since.
What else? He's engaged. He has a really cute baby. Because he's engaged and has a really cute baby my guess (purely a guess) is that he might not use the Covid rule and return for a fifth season next year. But purely a guess based on other players leaving in the past when they were engaged and ready to move on with life (and maybe a shot at an NFL camp).
You know what I'd love to see? Vederian come out of nowhere to be our top offensive linemen this season. There's talk of Palcho putting his name firmly in the draft. Doug Kramer is on the watch list for top college center. Kendrick Green talks like he's going to have an all-conference year and head off to the draft a year early. And Vederian is... our starting left tackle the last 32 games.
So I'd love to see him prove what many of us know: he's right there on par with the rest of them. He's experienced, he and Green have two full seasons playing next to each other (the key to playing OL), and now it's time for a massive season (hope it's two massive seasons).