Nov 23, 2013; West Lafayette, IN, USA; Illinois Fighting Illini helmet on the field before the game against the Purdue Boilermakers at Ross Ade Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Pat Lovell-USA TODAY Sports

Austin Roberts 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 #36 linebacker Austin Roberts.

Roberts will be entering his first season with the Fighting Illini, as he was one of the team’s signees from the 2014 recruiting class.

He was a three-star recruit coming out of Rice Lake High School in Rice Lake, Wisconsin. During his high school career, he played both on the offense and defense at TE and LB.

Roberts is also a VERY smart young man! He was able to hold a 4.0 GPA at Rice Lake and will be a pre-med major at Illinois. He told the News-Gazette that he plans on becoming an orthopedic surgeon someday.

On the football field, this season is going to be a big year for the Illinois defense.

The 2013 season was not a positive year for the Orange & Blue on defense, and fans are hoping that the defensive unit shows some kind of an improvement this time around.

Although he’s just a freshman, Austin Roberts is going to try his hardest in order to earn some early playing time for the Fighting Illini this season.

Per the News-Gazette, Roberts said, “After looking over Illinois’ program, they really needed linebackers, and they needed inside backers. I feel I have a good shot at actually getting on the field early.”

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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