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

Dionte Taylor and Ryan Frain 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 a pair of #13’s in wide receiver Dionte Taylor and kicker/punter Ryan Frain.

Frain joined the team as a three-star recruit in 2012.

After redshirting his first season in Champaign, he played in one game against Miami (OH) last season where he made two extra points.

The sophomore will be backing up kicker Taylor Zalewski and punter Justin Duvernois this upcoming season.

Dionte Taylor joined the Fighting Illini as a three-star recruit last 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, has Taylor as one of the three third string wide receivers for the Fighting Illini in 2014.

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 WRs for the Illini.

Dionte Taylor might not receive a lot of playing time, but he could if one of the big guys go down to injury like Ryan Lankford did last 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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