Illinois head football coach Ron Zook talks to his team at the end of a Camp Rantoul practice on Thursday, August 19, 2010.

Saturday Afternoon Gridiron Wrap: Illinois Football News for August 22-28


AUGUST 28TH UPDATE: The injuries get worse for the Illini as sophomore cornerback Terry Hawthorne will miss the next 4-6 weeks with a stress fracture in his right foot, according to the News Gazette’s Bob Asmussen. Unbelievable.

Just 7 days from the season opener against Missouri in St. Louis, the Illinois Fighting Illini football team is coming off a tough week during which sophomore defensive back Walter Aikens was dismissed from the team, junior safety Supo Sanni was lost for the season with a torn Achilles, and starting fullback Zach Becker injured for the first three games with a stress fracture in his foot.

If there’s any consolation for Illinois fans, Missouri is also dealing with some off-the-field issues heading into the Arch Rivalry, as detailed in this comprehensive Fighting Illini football wrap for the passing week.

WRITING ILLINI FOOTBALL NEWS

ASSUMING THE POSITION: BREAKING DOWN THE FIGHTING ILLINI SPECIAL TEAMS

WRITING ILLINI’S FAVE 5 (TIMES 2) OFFENSIVE PICS FROM CAMP RANTOUL

ASSUMING THE POSITION: BREAKING DOWN THE FIGHTING ILLINI DEFENSIVE BACKS

ILLINI PLAYER NEWS

#2 Nathan Scheelhaase

LOREN TATE: TOUGH TO FIND QB KEEPER

#5 Mikel Leshoure

ILLINI RB LESHOURE UP FOR DOAK WALKER AWARD

ILLINOIS, WISCONSIN, NOTRE DAME, OHIO STATE & PENN STATE RBS NAMED TO AWARD LIST

LESHOURE HOPES TO CHAIR ILLINI RB COMMITTEE

BOB’S BLITZ: LESHOURE SHINES

#7 Supo Sanni

ILLINI SCRAMBLE TO FIND DEFENSIVE BACK DEPTH

HF GRAD SUPO SANNI HURT, TO MISS ILLINI SEASON

ILLINOIS’ SUPO SANNI OUT FOR SEASON

SANNI LOST FOR THE SEASON

FIGHTING ILLINI LOSE STARTING SAFETY

SAFETY SANNI OUT FOR SEASON

ILLINI LOSE STARTING SAFETY TO INJURY

#11 Jarred Fayson

FAYSON HOPING TO SAVE BEST FOR LAST

#14 Walter Aikens

AIKENS DISMISSED FROM UI

#41 Zack Becker

ILLINI’S ZACH BECKER TO MISS FIRST THREE GAMES

#72 Hugh Thornton

SEVERAL LOCAL PLAYERS MAKING AN IMPACT IN COLLEGE FOOTBALL

#78 Ryan Palmer

RYAN PALMER PROVING VALUABLE AT TACKLE

RYAN PALMER AND RANDALL HUNT: BIGGER AND BADDER

ILLINI COACHING NEWS

Head Coach Ron Zook

RON ZOOK SEASON PREVIEW INTERVIEW

FIVE VETERAN COACHES ON THE HOT SEAT

THE MAGIC NUMBERS FOR “HOT SEAT” COLLEGE FOOTBALL COACHES

Offensive Coordinator Paul Petrino

WHEN PETRINO TALKS, EVERYONE SHOULD LISTEN

Running Backs Coach DeAndre Smith

DEANDRE SMITH HAS RUNNING BACK TALENT

Volunteer Coach Dave Jacobs

ILLINOIS NOTEBOOK: COACH DAVE JACOBS ‘HAVING A BLAST’

ILLINI TEAM NEWS

ILLINOIS-NORTHWESTERN GAME TO BE CALLED ALLSTATE WRIGLEYVILLE CLASSIC

NU, CUBS ANNOUNCE TITLE SPONSOR FOR WRIGLEY FIELD FOOTBALL GAME

ALLSTATE TO SPONSOR WRIGLEY COLLEGE FOOTBALL GAME

TRUE FRESHMEN SET TO MAKE EARLY IMPACT

NUGGETS FROM ILLINOIS PRACTICE

ILLINI FOOTBALL RETURNS TO CAMPUS

ILLINI PLAYMAKERS EMERGE ON DEFENSE

FIRST-TEAM UNITS HOLD UP WELL

ILLINI HAVE PRODUCTIVE SCRIMMAGE ON CAMPUS

ILLINI CLOSE CAMP RANTOUL WITH SCRIMMAGE AT MEMORIAL STADIUM

FIGHTING ILLINI OFFENSIVE LINE TAKING SHAPE

ILLINI’S DEFENSE SHOWS IMPROVEMENT

GETTING DEFENSIVE – LITERALLY

2010 ILLINOIS FOOTBALL PREDICTIONS

ILLINI PRIDE KICKS OFF YEAR, EXPECTS RECORD MEMBERSHIP

GOING OUT ON A LIMB: PREDICTIONS FOR THE COMING ILLINI FOOTBALL SEASON

NEXT ILLINI OPPONENT NEWS

Missouri Tigers

MIZZOU RB/CAPTAIN DERRICK WASHINGTON WILL MISS AT LEAST ILLINI GAME

MIZZOU’S GABBERT NEEDS NEW TARGETS THIS SEASON

MISSOURI SUSPENDS RB DERRICK WASHINGTON INDEFINITELY

MISSOURI LINEBACKER WILL EBNER ARRESTED

ILLINI RECRUITING NEWS

Reilly O’Toole

READY FOR PRIME TIME: ILLINI RECRUIT O’TOOLE, TIGERS HOPE SUMMER SUCCESS TRANSLATES

Martin Aiken

JUNIOR D-LINEMAN EAGER TO CHECK OUT ILLINI

FORMER ILLINI NEWS

Michael Hoomanawanui

HOOMANAWANUI HAS BIG NIGHT

EX-ILLINI TIGHT END GETS LOOK AT FULLBACK

Jon Asamoah

GETTING TO KNOW KANSAS CITY CHIEFS 2010 DRAFT PICK JON ASAMOAH

BIG TEN NEWS

CHICAGO TRIBUNE: MICHIGAN FOOTBALL PREVIEW

CHICAGO TRIBUNE: WISCONSIN FOOTBALL PREVIEW

CHICAGO TRIBUNE: PENN STATE FOOTBALL PREVIEW

CHICAGO TRIBUNE: MINNESOTA FOOTBALL PREVIEW

CHICAGO TRIBUNE: OHIO STATE FOOTBALL PREVIEW

CHICAGO TRIBUNE: INDIANA FOOTBALL PREVIEW

BIG 10 PREDICTIONS: THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE UGLY VOLUME 2

COACHING HOT SEAT SIMMERING EARLY IN BIG TEN CONFERENCE

COLLEGE FOOTBALL ZEALOTS: BIG TEN PREVIEW

ESPN CLEVELAND BIG TEN 2010 CONFERENCE PREVIEW

FOUR PIVOTAL BIG TEN GAMES

BIG TEN PREDICTIONS FOR THE 2010 SEASON

COLLEGE FOOTBALL NEWS

WRITERS STRIP USC OF TROPHY AWARDED FOR 2004 SEASON

COLLEGE FOOTBALL PREVIEW TIME

SIX COACHES WHO NEED TO WIN OR ELSE

OREGON DUCKS ARE FAVORED TO REPEAT AS PAC-10 CHAMPIONS

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