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Jeff Johnson
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  • Big Ten Football week 12
    18 Nov 2021 • 6 min read • 1 0
    This week's forgotten Illini-guard Bucky Babcock...signed in Ron Turner's 2000 Illini recruiting class....two time all state football player/Class A heavyweight state wrestling champion at Stillman Va...
  • Big Ten football week 11
    11 Nov 2021 • 2 min read
    This week's forgotten Illini-linebacker Mike Weingrad.....1982 Illini football recruiting class.....graduated from Columbus (Ohio) Walnut Ridge High School in 1979....all conference prep football/wres...
  • Drinkin' the Orange Kool-Aid
    09 Nov 2021 • 9 min read • 0 2
    November 4 was reported 'Illinois DB Marquez Beason has entered the transfer portal. Beason ranked as the No. 99 overall recruit in the 2019 class. He's one of the highest-rated recruits ever to sign ...
  • Winning is fun
    07 Nov 2021 • 5 min read
    Chase Brown rushed 33 times for 150 yards, and the Illinois defense delivered six sacks and two interceptions of Minnesota quarterback Tanner Morgan on the way to a 14-6 victory on Saturday. Kerby Jos...
  • Big Ten football week 10
    04 Nov 2021 • 6 min read
    This week's forgotten Illini-wide receiver Jason Dulick.....signed in Lou Tepper's 1992 Illini recruiting class out of St. Louis University High School...3-star prospect picked Illini over Missouri, A...
  • Big Ten football week 9
    28 Oct 2021 • 6 min read
    This week's forgotten Illini-Offensive lineman Ray Redziniak.....signed Ron Turner's first recruiting class 1997 along with Luke Butkus, Josh Whitman..……Attended Clark Regional High School Johnson, Ne...
  • 'Threw my boy under the bus'
    26 Oct 2021 • 6 min read • 1 4
    *’Sleazeball'-Saturday October 24th 1987 East Lansing....Illinois football playing the Michigan State Spartans......Spartans won the Big Ten title that fall....neither team much liked the other so no ...
  • Winning is fun
    24 Oct 2021 • 5 min read • 1 0
    Over the course of an unprecedented nine overtimes, Illinois survived Penn State's botched attempt at a trick play, lost its quarterback and a powerful running back to injury, and failed to gain just ...
  • Big Ten football week 8
    21 Oct 2021 • 4 min read
    This week's forgotten Illini-defensive tackle Chris Norwell......nicknamed 'C-Note'....signed in Ron Turner’s Illini recruiting class of 2003...damn almost 20 years ago.....3-star tight end recruit ou...
  • When Mr. Rodgers came to town
    19 Oct 2021 • 10 min read • 2 0
    Bill Belichick without Ton Brady....Bill Walsh without Joe Montana....Vince Lombardi without Bart Starr....Ron Turner without Kurt Kittner....Tom Landry without Roger Staubach....if you want to win co...
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