Apr 14, 2012; Champaign, IL, USA; General view of Memorial Stadium before the start of the Illinois Fighting Illini spring game. Mandatory Credit: Bradley Leeb-USA TODAY Sports

Illinois Football Roundtable: Which New Illini Player Had the Best Spring Game?


With it being a week since the 2013 Illinois Spring Game, the staff of Writing Illini gives their opinions about which newest Illinois player showed their stuff and had the best 2013 Spring Game performance.

Some of the new Illini members include: Darius Mosley, Austin Schmidt, Christian Dilauro, Dillian Cazley, and Clayton Fejedelem.

Ricky: After watching the 2013 Blue and Orange Spring Game, I thought that transfer junior Clayton Fejedelem had the best game for all the new Illini players in 2013. Fejedelem finished the Spring Game with eight total tackles, an interception, and two broken up passes.

Out of all the new arrivals at Illinois, Clayton Fejedelem is the one I am most excited about. This is because I had the privillage of seeing his first two seasons as a college defensive back at Saint Xavier University. Last season at Saint Xavier, he recorded 87 total tackles, 10.5 tackles-for-loss, three interceptions, and eight broken up passes. He also won a NAIA National Championship as a freshman in 2011 with the Cougars. Fejedelem was the top defensive player in that National Championship game as he recorded nine total tackles and 0.5 tackles-for-loss. I know the NCAA and Big Ten will be tougher that the NAIA, but there is no reason why Clayton Fejedelem cannot be successful at Illinois this season.

Austin: I did not see much of the spring game, but what I did, I was most impressed with Darius Mosely. However, redshirt freshman B.J. Bello stuck out to me as well (even though he isn’t a true freshman). They both played well defensively, and could be very good players down the road with some improvement.

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