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 #67 Christian DiLauro. DiLauro was one of Illinois’ 23 enrollees from the 2013 recruiting class.
DiLauro was a three-star recruit coming out of Green High School in Ohio.
He played both tight end and defensive line in high school, but switched over to the offensive line once he came to Champaign.
Following his senior season at Green High School, he was named second-team All-Suburban League and honorable mention for All-Northeast Ohio.
Last season, the Illinois’ offensive line helped the 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 shouldn’t expect to see Christian DiLauro as a starter for Bill Cubit’s offense in 2014.
This is because the Fighting Illini are returning four of their five starters from their 2013 offensive line.
Even with one open spot on the O-Line this offseason, it would be a surprise to see DiLauro as a starter for the Orange & Blue this 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.