Apr 12, 2013; Champaign, IL, USA; Illinois Fighting Illini tight end Tim Clary (47) makes a catch during the first half of the spring football game at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bradley Leeb-USA TODAY Sports

Tim Clary Days Until Illinois Fighting Illini Season Opener

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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 #47 tight end Tim Clary. Clary is entering his junior season with the Fighting Illini.

Clary did not play his first year at Illinois in 2012, but played in ten games as a sophomore last season.

Despite playing in ten games in 2013, Clary only had a single reception the entire season.

That reception was for 33 yards and came in Illinois’ first game of the season against Southern Illinois.

Coming into this season, the Fighting Illini have an “opening” at the tight end position due to the departure of Evan Wilson.

There’s a good chance that Tim Clary could have more receptions for the Illinois offense in 2014. It’s assumed that Jon Davis and Matt LaCosse will be first and second on the depth chart, but who will be at third?

Clary has a shot to be the third tight end in Bill Cubit’s offense. However, he’s in no way a “shoe in” for the spot. JUCO transfer Dallas Hinkhouse is entering hi junior season and second with Illinois.

There’s also a chance that Hinkhouse could get some quality receptions 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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