Sep 7, 2013; Champaign, IL, USA; Illinois Fighting Illini fans during the second quarter against the Cincinnati Bearcats at Memorial Stadium. Illinois won 45-17. Mandatory Credit: Bradley Leeb-USA TODAY Sports

LaKeith Walls Days Until Illinois Football 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 football season opener on August 30th against Youngstown State.

Next up in the Countdown to Kickoff series is #22 LaKeith Walls. Walls is entering his sophomore season as a member of the Fighting Illini.

After redshirting his first season with Illinois in 2012, LaKeith Walls played in eight games last season, primarily on special teams.

However, he did have two carries for 12 yards last season as a running back.

Walls isn’t listed as a running back heading into the 2014 season, as he’s listed at the linebacker position on the Illinois roster.

This shouldn’t be a surprise because he has flipped between RB and DB in the past.

As a unit, this season is going to be a big year for the Illinois defense.

The 2013 season was not a very 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.

It should be interesting to see if Walls can do enough during training camp to impress the coaching staff to earn some time in the defense for the Illini this season.

He showed some nice speed around the corner during the spring game last April. If he continues to demonstrate his skills set, Illini Nation could get use to hearing LaKeith Walls name on defense in 2014.

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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