Nov 9, 2013; Bloomington, IN, USA; Illinois Fighting Illini linebacker Zepheniah Grimes (33) during the game against the Indiana Hoosiers at Memorial Stadium. Indiana won 52-35. Mandatory Credit: Pat Lovell-USA TODAY Sports

Zepheniah Grimes 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 #33 Zepheniah Grimes. Grimes is entering his junior season as a member of the Fighting Illini.

Since coming to Champaign in 2011, Zepheniah Grimes has played in twenty games for the Orange & Blue (twelve in 2013) as primarily a special teamer.

During his college career, he has recorded just sixteen total tackles (eleven in 2013).

The big question surrounding Grimes this offseason is whether or not the junior STAR (linebacker/safety) will finally have a part in the Illini defense this season?

Right now, has him listed as the third string weak-side linebacker even though he is listed as a STAR player.

That is most likely because Illinois has some quality talent at the STAR position for the 2014 season which consists of senior Earnest Thomas III, junior Eric Finney, and redshirt freshman James Crawford.

There’s no question that this season is going to be a big year for the Illinois defense.

Illini Nation is just hoping that the defense shows some improvements 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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