Dienhart: Illinois Fighting Illini's offeseason to-do list

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The arrival of Lovie Smith has given Illinois a megadose of hope that better days are ahead after the tumult of the Tim Beckman era. Smith brings instant credibility to the program after being a head coach in the NFL with the Bears and Buccaneers. Smith hasn’t coached in the college game since 1995, but he has built a staff that should soften the transition.

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Dienhart: Check out my 2016 All-Big Ten Undrafted Team

Nov 21, 2015; Madison, WI, USA; Wisconsin Badgers wide receiver Alex Erickson (86) during the game against the Northwestern Wildcats at Camp Randall Stadium.   Northwestern won 13-7.  Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Alex Erickson comes up clutch on 4th down

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Many good Big Ten players were selected in the 2016 NFL draft. There were 47 of them, to be exact. But many more never heard their name called. In fact, you could make a pretty good team from the undrafted Big Ten players.

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