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Illinois Bus

Football tour notebook: Tom Dienhart's fun takes from Illinois

The BTN bus just rolled out of Rantoul, Illinois, and now it’s time to share some fun nuggets I gathered from Illinois’ first fall practice. [ MORE: 5 things Tom Dienhart learned | See our Illinois practice tweets ] Senior RB Josh Ferguson told me after practice that he may split out wide more often as the offense deals with the absence of sophomore WR Mikey Dudek, who is likely out at least until midseason recovering from a knee injury suffered in the spring after a boffo debut in 2014. Tim Beckman told me he’s encouraged by Dudek’s recovery; he

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5 things Tom Dienhart learned at Illinois football practice

The first stop on our annual summer trek across the Big Ten had us in Rantoul, Illinois, to watch the Illini practice Monday. [ MORE: View our tour schedule | See our team’s Illinois practice tweets ] Before we turn our attention to Iowa, which we will watch practice Tuesday morning, here are five things I learned at Illinois practice: 1. This finally looks like a Big Ten team. I couldn’t say that the other three times I visited Illinois for training camp on the BTN tour. But Tim Beckman’s squad has improved its size across the board. And depth

Video: Illinois football opens fall camp with strong dance-off

How did Tim Beckman and Illinois kick off fall camp Monday? [ MORE: Get our team’s tweets from Illinois practice ] With a dance-off, of course. A pretty good dance-off, to boot. Senior offensive lineman Chris Boles started things off with some nice moves, but it was senior defensive lineman Jihad Ward’s answer that really stole the show. With the help of some of his defensive friends, Ward flashed some basketball moves, including a killer Eurostep, before going up for a lefty finger-roll in Boles’ face. Count this as another reason why we’re glad football is back.

Illinois Football Tour

Twitter: Get our team's tweets from Illinois football practice

Monday marked the first stop on our annual summer football tour across the Big Ten. [ MORE: Instagram photos/videos | Get all of our football tour coverage ] Stop No. 1 of 14 had us visiting Rantoul, Illinois, to watch Tim Beckman’s fourth Illini team. Throughout Monday’s practice, BTN.com senior editor Tom Dienhart, BTN host Dave Revsine and BTN analyst Gerry DiNardo tweeted their thoughts. See our team’s tweets below: @BTNTOMDIENHART *** @BTNDAVEREVSINE *** @GERRYDINARDO