2013 Surprise Players - No. 1

IlliniPlaybook counts down the list of Illinois players who will surprise during the 2013 season.

No. 1 - CB V'Angelo Bentley

V'Angelo Bentley made one thing clear as a freshman in 2012 -- he's a playmaker with a knack for being in the right place at the right time.

He played in all 12 games, totaling 11 tackles, forcing a fumble and blocking a kick. That's not a bad line for a true freshman supposedly learning his way in the Big Ten.

The Cleveland, Ohio native kept the momentum in spring drills, earning a starting spot at cornerback opposite Eaton Spence and winning the punt and kick return duties.

He'll have to maintain those roles with his performance in fall camp, but it's going to be hard for anybody to unseat the 5-foot-10, 180-pound speedster.

He's as hungry as anybody on the roster. Given his former high school teammate Justin Hardee is as eager to prove himself and get on the field, don't expect Bentley to slow down one bit. Look for exciting one-on-ones between those two during the month of August.

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