Sep 22, 2012; Champaign, IL, USA; Illinois Fighting Illini fans during the third quarter against the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bradley Leeb-USA TODAY Sports

Jake Angona 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 #65 offensive lineman Jake Angona. Angona joined the Fighting Illini this summer as a walk-on.

Angona played his high school football at Naperville Central and will be a freshman for Fighting Illini in 2014.

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.

It would be a total shock to see Jake Angona start or even play for the Illinois on offense in 2014.

However, there is one open slot on the Illinois offensive line. So, if Angona can really impress the coaching staff this summer, there might be the smallest of chances that he plays this upcoming season, but that still isn’t too likely to happen.

Unless the Illini O-Line get desecrated by injuries, there’s a very good chance Angona will not see the field for the Orange & Blue.

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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