Redshirt Year Over, Howe Seeks Playing Time

With Corey Liuget off to seek his fortune in the NFL, the Fighting Illini defensive line is in rebuilding mode. It will need to rely on younger players for depth. Among them is Jake Howe, a redshirt freshman learning a new position. He has the ability to succeed at tackle, he just needs experience and practice.

Jake Howe was recruited to Illinois originally to play fullback. Defensive coordinator Vic Koenning asked that he be tried at defensive tackle instead. The former defensive end had to make a major adjustment that required a redshirt year. "It was a little difficult at first, not playing. But guys made me realize I could still be a part of the team, and help out at practice." Howe can tell...

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