The Illinois Fighting Illini met for the second day of Fall Camp on Tuesday, and the team got some nice weather for Day Two. Head coach Tim Beckman said that as a coach “you want it hot and to make them sweat,” but the weather turned out to be quite the opposite.
Here are the highlights from Tuesday’s practices:
- The goal on Tuesday for newest transfer Wes Lunt was to get him more reps with different receivers. Beckman was also asked about Lunt’s goal for this season while sitting out and he said, “leadership.” He compared it to his days at Oklahoma State with Brandon Weeden. He said ” When Weeden sat out an entire season, he made us a better defense.”
- Wide receiver Marchie Murdock had a very nice Day Two for the Fighting Illini. If the freshman continues to impress during Fall Camp, he might find himself playing quite a bit for the Illini this season.
- After Day Two in Champaign, it looks like Tim Beckman is going to give offensive coordinator Bill Cubit complete control over the offense during camp. After the morning practice, Beckman said that he was going to work more with the defense and that he trusts what Cubit and his staff are doing thus far during camp.
- Defensive line coach Greg Colby mentioned that the leader of the DL thus far for the Illini seems to be Tim Kynard. The coaches told Kynard that they wanted him to be more of a leader, and as Colby put it he got “hit on the head” this summer and is a leader on the DL during camp.
- Offensive lineman Ted Karras said on Tuesday that Bill Cubit puts the OL in the best position to succeed and that “he’s a leader of men.”
Illinois resumes practice on Wednesday, Aug. 7 at 8:30 a.m.
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