Nov 2, 2013; University Park, PA, USA; Illinois Fighting Illini player Eric Finney (14) approaches the line of scrimmage during the second quarter against the Penn State Nittany Lions at Beaver Stadium. Penn State defeated Illinois 24-17. Mandatory Credit: Matthew O

Eric Finney 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 #14 STAR (safety/linebacker) Eric Finney. Finney is entering his junior year and second season as a member of the Fighting Illini.

After coming to Champaign as a JUCO transfer out of College of the Canyons last offseason, he played in ten games last season for Illinois.

He totaled 16 tackles, 2.5 tackles-for-loss, and 0.5 sacks in 2013.

Illini Nation is sick and tired of hearing it, but the 2014 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.

For Finney, he most likely will be the second string STAR behind senior V’Angelo Bentley.

Finney will have his time on the field for the Orange & Blue defense. Illini fans are just hoping that they see some kind of an improvement from the defense this 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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