Illinois Football: 3 Illini players who didn’t need spring practice

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CHAMPAIGN, ILLINOIS – NOVEMBER 02: Head coach Lovie Smith of the Illinois Fighting Illini on the sidelines during the third quarter in the game against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at Memorial Stadium on November 02, 2019 in Champaign, Illinois. (Photo by Justin Casterline/Getty Images)

The Illinois football team didn’t have a chance to put on their traditional spring practice in 2020.

Spring practice usually starts in March and ends with the spring game that features the offense and defense matching up against each other. Thanks to a worldwide pandemic called Covid-19, college programs had to cancel their spring practice.

What does this mean for the Orange and Blue? Some of the redshirt players and bench players from 2019 didn’t get a chance to show that they deserve more playing time. Coaches weren’t able to evaluate players to see who would fit best in what spots. All of this would help a team win games in the fall.

Illinois is uniquely set for not having a spring practice, though. They have a ton of experience on the team thanks to the recruiting efforts by the Illinois coaching staff in the transfer market. We have players who can suit up today and play well.

But I have targeted three Illini players who didn’t need spring practice the most. These three players can be tossed out on the field and compete at the highest level without any real practice. That is how equipped they are for this shortened offseason.

Here are three Illini players who didn’t need spring practice.

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