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 a pair of #16’s wide receiver Marchie Murdock and quarterback Man Berg.
Berg redshirted in 2013 after joining the team as a walk-on before the season.
The Fighting Illini are in the midst of a quarterback battle this offseason, however, that battle might have been already won by sophomore QB Wes Lunt.
Man Berg will be on the roster for the season, but he will most likely be the fourth QB behind Lunt, Aaron Bailey, and Reilly O’Toole.
Marchie Murdock joined the Fighting Illini last season as a three-star recruit. Just like Berg, he also redshirted the 2013 season.
This offseason, the wide receiver position has shown so much promise for Illinois.
Yes, the team lost some quality talent, but it seems as though that talent could have been replaced with the incoming recruits from the 2014 recruiting class.
Right now, ourlads.com has Marchie Murdock as one of the three back-up wide receivers for the Fighting Illini in 2014. However, this year’s receiver corps for the Illini is loaded with promising talent.
The top receivers at training camp at this moment seem to be Geronimo Allison, Mike Dudek, Malik Turner, and Justin Hardee. Those guys will most likely be the top four WRs for the Illini.
This means that Murdock could be the fifth guy on the depth chart if he proves himself better than Martize and Raphael Barr.
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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