Nov 2, 2013; University Park, PA, USA; Illinois Fighting Illini offensive linesmen Ted Karras (69) blocks during the first quarter against the Penn State Nittany Lions at Beaver Stadium. Penn State defeated Illinois 24-17. Mandatory Credit: Matthew O

Ted Karras Days Until Illinois Fighting Illini Season Opener

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 #69 offensive lineman Ted Karras.

Karras is entering his fourth year (redshirt junior) as a member of the Illinois Fighting Illini.

After starting every game at the right guard position as a freshman, Karras played in just ten games at right guard in 2013.

He missed Illinois’ 2013 season opener against Southern Illinois due to a left ankle injury and the Fighting Illini’s match-up with Ohio State.

Karras helped the Illinois offense to 5,120 total yards in Bill Cubit’s first year as offensive coordinator. Of those 5,120 yards, the Fighting Illini threw for 3,452 yards and ran for 1,668 yards. The Illini also were able to score 43 touchdowns (23 passing and 20 rushing) in 2013.

Illini Nation should expect to see Ted Karras as a starter for Bill Cubit’s offense in 2014.

Barring any unforeseen injury, Karras should be the starting right guard for the Fighting Illini when the team takes the field against Youngstown State on August 30th.

Along with Karras, Illinois be also be returning starters Simon Cvijanovic, Alex, Hill, and Michael Heitz to the offensive line this upcoming 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.

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