This Friday night in Champaign, the Fighting Illini will hold their family friendly Spring Game at Memorial Stadium.
The players held their drafts this week, and the rosters look pretty evenly matched. Nathan Scheelhaase will lead the Blue team, while Reilly O’Toole will be under center for the Orange team.
The fans should be looking for a couple things in the game this weekend. One of the items Illini Nation has to hope to see little of are big errors.
It was no mystery last season that some very big mistakes cost Illinois several games. The Illini need to show that they can avoid the big mistakes, but if there is a mistake, the opposite team needs to prove they can capitalize on said mistake.
Additionally, the two quarterbacks need to show that they are capable of getting something going offensively in this game.
Understandably, as the team has a new offensive coordinator in Bill Cubit, the offensive plays may look a little low key in the spring game because players are still learning the system. However, even knowing that the team is learning a new offensive set, fans can still be hopeful to see the offense play out in this game as both teams are capable of putting up some scores.
If the Illini can give the fans any sort of optimism for the season, Illini Nation will be more than thrilled. The JUCO transfers should give immediate help, and we will get a taste of them in action this weekend.
For all Illini fans, one thing they can be sure of, is that they will get to witness an Illini victory come Friday night.
Admission to the game is free and the gates open at 7:00 PM. With beautiful weather in the forecast, it should make for an entertaining night of some early college football.
Editor’s Note: One player to watch on Friday will be Clayton Fejedelem of the Blue Team. Fejedelem is a transfer student from St. Xavier University in Chicago, Illinois. He played two years for the St. Xavier Cougars and won a NAIA National Championship in 2011.
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