2013 Surprise Players - No. 3

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

No. 3 - CB Eaton Spence

Just a redshirt sophomore, Spence became one of the oldest and most experienced corners on the team after the unit was hit hard by graduation following 2012.

The 6-foot, 180-pound native of Belle Glade, Fla., impressed as a first-year player last season, making three starts and recording 16 tackles, one sack and one pass breakup.

Spence exited spring drills as the No. 1 corner on the team, a spot he'll have to work hard to keep with young players like V'Angelo Bentley, Darius Mosely and Caleb Day trying to take his crown.

That competition should benefit all involved, with Spence projecting to improve and get better as he goes.

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