Nov 10, 2012; Champaign, IL, USA; Illinois Fighting Illini fans cheer during the second quarter of the game against the Minnesota Golden Gophers at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bradley Leeb-USA TODAY Sports

Ryan Tucker 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 #40 Ryan Tucker. Tucker joined the Fighting Illini as a walk-on this summer.

Tucker played his high school career at Marist High School on the south side of Chicago.

During his senior season with the Marist Redhawks, he was ranked as the 81st best Illinois recruit, 16th best punter. and 3,294th overall 2014 recruit by 247Sports.

It’s a no brainer that Ryan Tucker will redshirt during the 2014 season.

Right now, he is one of two punters on the roster, and the other punter on the roster for the Fighting Illini is senior Justin DuVernois.

There’s no way Tucker will challenge DuVernois for the starting job this season, and Tucker knows this. That’s why he’ll redshirt and work on earning a scholarship from the Orange & Blue in 2015.

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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