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 #7’s defensive back Caleb Day and quarterback Chayce Crouch.
Crouch joined the Fighting Illini this past offseason as a three-star recruit out of Newark Catholic in Granville, Ohio. He was also a Top 25 QB by both Rivals and 247Sports.
In high school, he threw for over 4,700 yards and 40 touchdowns while rushing for over 1,00 yards and 24 touchdowns.
He was 25-6 as a starter for Newark Catholic.
It should be interesting to see what Tim Beckman and Bill Cubit decide to do with Chayce Crouch this upcoming season.
Since coming to Illinois, Cubit has said that the Illini will not redshirt a player if they can help the team win now, but does that apply to Crouch?
Probably not because Crouch would be fourth on the depth chart at best. It could benefit the team more to use a redshirt on him in 2014.
Caleb Day joined Illinois as a four-star Ohio recruit in 2013. Rivals had him ranked as the 218th overall recruit and 12th in the state of Ohio for the 2013 class.
Day played in eight games during his freshman season where he totaled nine tackles. His career-high for tackles (5) came against the Michigan State Spartans.
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.
Because the Illini secondary will be so young this season, Caleb Day could see his role in the defense increased compared to his freshman season.
Bottom line for the defense is that Illini Nation will be happy if the unit shows ANY kind of improvement from a year ago…no matter who is on the field.
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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