Off this weekend after letting NIU quarterback Chandler Harnish run wild last Saturday, Illinois will need to do a much better job of containing an even bigger running threat at quarterback, Ohio State's Terrelle Pryor, next week in Champaign.

Saturday Afternoon Gridiron Wrap: Illini Football News for Sept. 17-24

As the Illinois Fighting Illini football team enjoys a bye week, Thursday’s Cram Session has been moved to the original Saturday Afternoon Gridiron Wrap.

With that said, here’s a compilation of this week’s news on Fighting Illini football.

ILLINOIS FOOTBALL PLAYER NEWS

#2 Quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase

SCHEELHAASE’S DAD COMES TO SON’S DEFENSE

LEAP OF FAITH FOR ILLINI QB

SCHEELHAASE MAKES ILLINI COACHING STAFF NERVOUS WITH ACROBATICS

#2 Linebacker Martez Wilson

WILSON WORKING TO MEET AMBITIOUS GOALS

#5 Running Back Mikel Leshoure

LESHOURE FINDING HIS PLACE IN ILLINI BACKFIELD

LESHOURE LOOKING TO BE THAT GUY FOR ILLINI

#16 Quarterback Miles Osei

FRESHMAN OSEI FILLING UNEXPECTED ROLE FOR UNEXPECTED SCHOOL

#18 Linebacker Nate Bussey

ILLINI’S BUSSEY A BIG HIT

#31 Cornerback Travon Bellamy

TRAVON BELLAMY OVERCOMES ADVERSITY FOR UI

#45 Linebacker Jonathan  Brown

JONATHAN BROWN IMPROVING RAPIDLY FOR ILLINI (SUBSCRIPTION REQUIRED)

#72 Offensive Lineman Hugh Thornton

RON ZOOK PROVIDES GOOD NEWS ON HUGH THORNTON

DOCTORS SAY THORNTON WILL BE OK AFTER SCARY INJURY

NECK STRAIN FOR HUGH THORNTON: ALL TESTS NEGATIVE AND HE’S BEEN RELEASED FROM THE HOSPITAL

#87 Punter Anthony Santella

ANTHONY SANTELLA LEADS NATION IN PUNTING

ILLINOIS FOOTBALL TEAM NEWS

FRIGHTENING THREE GAMES AWAIT FRAGILE ILLINI

STATISTICS REFLECT ILLINI EFFORT SO FAR

FOOTBALL TO HEAL UP OVER BYE WEEK

ILLINI OFFENSIVE LINE COMING TOGETHER

ILLINI FOLLOW GOOD PRACTICES WITH TIME OFF (SUBSCRIPTION REQUIRED)

UI TRAINING STAFF STAYING PREPARED WITH SERIOUS INJURY POLICY

UPON FURTHER REVIEW: ILLINI GETTING BETTER

WILL IT BE A GOOD BYE FOR ILLINI?

TUPPER: ILLINI IN PATTERN OF FAMILIAR MEDIOCRITY

FOOTBALL ROYALTY: PETE PRINCI

ILLINOIS FOOTBALL COACHING NEWS

Head Coach Ron Zook

WITH WEEK OFF, ZOOK SAYS ILLINI WILL WORK ON FUNDAMENTALS

ZOOK HOLDS SIUC IN HIGH ESTEEM

ILLINI FOOTBALL NOTES: ZOOK JUGGLES RECEIVERS

Offensive Coordinator Paul Petrino

PETRINO: ILLINOIS NEED BETTER PASSING GAME TO MOVE ON BUCKEYES

NEW COACHES BRING WORK ETHIC, KNOWLEDGE AND HUMOR TO ILLINI

FORMER ILLINI PLAYER NEWS

#47 Linebacker J Leman

J LEMAN ON THE ILLINI DEFENSE

#41 Fullback Russ Weil

THE STORY OF 2 LIFELONG DREAMS INTERTWINED AROUND ILLINI FOOTBALL

#92 Defensive Lineman Josh Brent

JOSH BRENT SEIZED AN OPPORTUNITY

ILLINOIS FOOTBALL RECRUITING NEWS

CHRIS BRYANT: WEIGHING OPTIONS

BARRINGTON JUNIOR LINEMAN ENJOYS VISIT

NEXT OPPONENT: OHIO STATE FOOTBALL NEWS

BUCKEYES THRASH EAGLES 73-20

THE ATHLETIC ARMS RACE

OHIO STATE TO KEEP SCHEDULING IN-STATE FOES

HARMON FAMILY GIVES $5M TO OHIO STATE FOOTBALL

OSU’S ORHIAN JOHNSON HAPPY TO BE HITTING QBS

OHIO STATE RUNNING GAME STILL WARMING UP

JOBS OF OHO STATE’S SAINE AND HERRON ARE SECURE

SCOUTING THE BUCKEYES

MEMORY LANE: BOWL HOPES SLIP AWAY

BRAWLING MASCOTS

OHIO STATE SHIFT TO PASS-FIRST STYLE CATCHES OPPONENTS OFF-GUARD

TALIAFERRO LIVING NORMAL LIFE, 10 YEARS AFTER SPINAL-CORD INJURY

TALIAFERRO THRIVING 10 YEARS AFTER TRAGIC INJURY

OHIO FOOTBALL TAM MASCOTS SCUFFLE ON FIELD

FORGOTTEN JEWEL: FRED NORTON

OHIO STATE FOOTBALL: BUCK STOPS WITH HEYWARD

OHIO STATE’S DEVIER POSEY COMES OUT ON TOP IN “POSEY BOWL II”

PRYOR AND ROBINSON IMPRESS ON DAY OF INGRAM’S RETURN

OHIO STATE-OHIO POSTGAME NOTEBOOK

ILLINOIS-NIU RECAP

NIU HOPES IT’S ON UPSIDE OF LEARNING CURVE

SCHEDULES MAY REVERSE FORTUNES FOR ILLINI, HUSKIES

RON ZOOK POST-NIU THOUGHTS

CHANGE IS GOOD: ILLINOIS TOPS NIU

ILLINOIS STAVES OFF NIU

ILLINOIS TURNS BACK HUSKIES; JASON FORD HELPS ILLINI GET HALFTIME LEAD

HUSKIES COME UP SHORT AT ILLINOIS, 28-22

NIU’S KILL: GALL-BLADDER SURGERY CAUSED PROBLEMS

NIU’S QUARTERBACK AND A RASH OF PENALTIES WERE TROUBLE FOR ILLINI

ILLINOIS SURVIVES UPSET BID BY N. ILLINOIS, 28-22

KILL JUMPS RIGHT BACK INTO COACHING GRIND

ILLINI TOP NIU IN RUSHING BATTLE

NIU TEAM NOT JUST A PUSHOVER

ILLINI LOOK TO DOWN HUSKIES, MOVE ABOVE .500

BIG TEN/COLLEGE FOOTBALL NEWS

PICKIN’ ON THE BIG TEN, WEEK 4

ROSSOW’S BIG TEN REPORT

WEEK 4 IN-STATE CAPSULES

TATE: COACHES STRESSED FOR SUCCESS

COACHES RELY MORE ON GUTS WHEN CALLING TRICK PLAYS

ASMUSSEN’S TOP 25

BIG TEN NIPS CINEMA SHOWINGS

BIG TEN FRIDAY MAILBLOG

BIG TEN CONFERENCE NEWS AND NOTES

TATE: GOOD CALLS ALL AROUND

BIG TEN WEEKLY FOOTBALL RELEASE: SEPTEMBER 20

MICHIGAN STATE’S DANTONIO LATEST EXAMPLE OF COACHING STRESS

PRESSURE POINT

IT’S YOUR BYE WEEK, TOO – USE IT

BIG TEN POWER RANKINGS: WEEK 4

Alright.

Until Monday, when Nick Houska starts previewing the Ohio State Buckeyes.

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