2013 Surprise Players - No. 4

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

No. 4 - WR Steve Hull

Hull enters his final season at Illinois at a familiar position, switching back to his original wide receiver spot after spending the bulk of his career at safety.

Hull's shoulders most likely couldn't have withstood another year on defense, so the move makes sense to help give him a shot at ending his career on a high note.

Hull has good speed and good hands, so those are his physical advantages. He's also very close with quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase and has a unique perspective on the position given his many years trying to stop passes from being completed.

Can Hull adjust to offense and make some noise? That remains to be seen, but he showed enough raw talent in spring to say he'll be in the mix. And since a brand new offense was installed this offseason, it's not like Hull is behind anybody on the roster in terms of playbook knowledge.

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