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"They're a very dynamic group that scores a lot of points. (They're) able to run the ball, throw the ball, really a pretty balanced attack," first-year Illinois coach Bret Bielema said.
"He's sharp, he's healthy, he's ready to go," Illinois offensive coordinator Tony Petersen said.
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Details of Underwood's extension were not disclosed, but the contract "will move his total annual compensation into the top 10 nationally," per a press release.
The senior linebacker is pretty good at forcing fumbles.
After two losses, Illinois is looking for a something to help right the ship. Next up on Friday is a tough, balanced Maryland team.
According to Ben, he's taking Purdue to beat Notre Dame straight up.
Both teams lost but one team has an easier road to the postseason.
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"I got my first tackle on special teams back with (former special teams coordinator Bob Ligashesky)," Joseph said. " ... Since then it's just been like every time I'm out there, my heart's pumping and my head's racing."
"When my number got called, it was overwhelming. I couldn't believe it," McCray said with a wide smile. "I just had to go out there and execute."
"It felt really good," Brown said of reaching the end zone for the first time this year. "The biggest thing about that play is that if you go back and watch it, it was blocked perfectly."
The sixth-year senior entered the season as the Illini’s QB1 before being knocked out of the season opener with an “AC joint sprain” to his left (non-throwing) shoulder, according to the ACC Network.
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Smith, a Mattoon graduate, helped EIU to a 3-0 record at the Southern Illinois Saluki Tournament last weekend while playing in all 12 sets. She posted 121 assists in three matches and averaged 10.08 assists per set.
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