Oct 26, 2013; Champaign, IL, USA; Illinois Fighting Illini offensive linesman Simon Cvijanovic (68) during the game against the Michigan State Spartans at Memorial Stadium. Michigan State won 42-3. Mandatory Credit: Pat Lovell-USA TODAY Sports

Simon Cvijanovic 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 #68 offensive lineman Simon Cvijanovic. Cvijanovic is entering his final season as a member of the Illinois Fighting Illini.

After starting in nine games at both tackle positions in 2012, Cvijanovic played in eleven games at left tackle for the Orange & Blue last season.

The only game he missed was against Ohio State due to a high ankle sprain.

Cvijanovic 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 Simon Cvijanovic as a starter for Bill Cubit’s offense in 2014.

Barring any unforeseen injury, Cvijanovic should be the starting at the tackle position for the Fighting Illini when the team takes the field against Youngstown State on August 30th.

Along with Cvijanovic, Illinois be also be returning starters Ted Karras, 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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