Here are my observations from Friday night’s Illinois spring game, as Tim Beckman moves toward his second season leading the Fighting Illini coming off a 2-10 season. There were 40 players going through their first spring game, showing the youth of this squad.
Friday night’s Illinois’ Orange & Blue Spring Game was played under the lights at Memorial Stadium and on BTN/BTN2Go. Watch all the game’s best plays and other notable moments in this post. Remember: All of our Spring Football video clips can be found in our BTN.com video vault.
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We’re now officially in the college basketball offseason, a long seven months where the NBA playoffs, major league baseball, and eventually football serve as poor stand-ins for our sports attention. But before we shift into that fruitless exercise, let’s take a quick look at what awaits us beyond the gap.
Year One under Tim Beckman was difficult. A lack of depth was a major issue in the transition from the Ron Zook era. But, Beckman didn’t stand pat, making wholesale staff changes that include a new offensive coordinator along with new offensive and defensive line coaches. This spring has been about developing chemistry, improving horrid special teams and developing a winning attitude—among other things–as Beckman continues to put his stamp on the team.
How far does Urban Meyer think his front seven has come on defense? What challenges are on the horizon for Penn State’s Bill O’Brien and his offense? Want to hear Purdue’s Darrell Hazell describe how his staff has come together? Listen to the latest Big Ten Conference teleconferences as each of the 12 Big Ten football coach and a selected player answer questions from the reporters covering their teams as the spring football season rolls on.