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Trevor Kanteman Days Until Illinois Fighting Illini Season Opener

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Welcome to our Countdown to Kickoff series!  In this series, we’ll do roster previews as we count down the days until the Illinois Fighting Illini August 30th season opener against Youngstown State.

Next up in the Countdown to Kickoff series is #83 Trevor Kanteman. Kanteman joined the Fighting Illini last offseason as a JUCO recruit for Tim Beckman.

During his senior season in high school, Kanteman caught 50 passes for 554 yards and two touchdowns. He was also named first-team All-Maurmonte League and All-Ventura County.

However, injuries have plagued Trevor Kanteman through his high school and junior college career.

He only played seven games during his junior year of high school, and he suffered an ACL injury in his left knee halfway through his senior season.

That ACL injury is the reason why he did not practice or play at Pierce College.

Trevor Kanteman will be coming into his first “actual” season with the Illinois Fighting Illini. He came to Illinois as a true freshman after greyshirting at Pierce College, but he redshirted in his first year in Champaign.

It’s not clear whether or not Kanteman will see much playing time in 2014, but there is a chance he sees some action.

Illinois lost a quality target in tight end Evan Wilson and will need someone to fill his place. However, Illini Nation shouldn’t be surprised if Kanteman sees a limited role in 2014.

Be on the lookout for our Countdown to Kickoff series as we continue to work our way to the season opener on August 30th.

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