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 #81 wide receiver Kevin Carroll. Carroll joined the Illini as a walk-on in the summer of 2013.
The Illini redshirt wide receiver grew up about six miles from the Illinois campus.
As a senior at St. Thomas More, he recorded more than 1,000 receiving yards in 2012. He was a three-time first-team All-Conference selection and a two-time All-State selection. At the end of his high school career, he finished among the Top 10 in career receiving yards in IHSA history.
After redshirting his first year at Illinois, Kevin Carroll will be looking to make an impact on offense for Illinois in 2014.
Carroll made his first impression on Illini Nation this season at the Illinois Spring Game back in April. He caught the first touchdown of the game for Blue team on a 10-yard pass from Reilly O’Toole.
There’s a small chance that Kevin Carroll gets some receptions in 2014.
It’s clear that Geronimo Allison and Martize Barr will be #1 and #2 in the Illini wide receiver corp. Illinois also returns receivers Justin Hardee and Dionte Taylor. Barr, Hardee, and Taylor all have receptions in 2013.
There will be a few “holes” to fill for the Illini at the wide receiver position coming into this upcoming season.
Illini fans shouldn’t be surprised if Kevin Carroll isn’t apart of Cubit’s offense in 2014. This is because he will be competing with guys like Mike Dudek, Zach Grant, Kenny Knight, Jeremy Whitlow, and and Marchie Murdock for receptions coming into the 2014 season.
Be on the lookout for our Countdown to Kickoff series as we continue to work our way to the season opener on August 30th.