Cvijanovic 'Probable' for Purdue

Coach Tim Beckman had good news Monday regarding starting left tackle Simon Cvijanovic.

CHAMPAIGN - Simon says… Illinois' starting left tackle may be a go this weekend against Purdue.

Coach Tim Beckman called Simon Cvijanvic, missing versus Ohio State due to a high ankle sprain suffered the week before, probable for Saturday's game in West LaFayette.

"He is getting a little bit of a workout (Monday), a rehab-type deal that he's doing," Beckman said.

A starter in 24 career games, the 6-foot-6, 310-pound junior was having a successful season before suffering the injury against Indiana. The worst was feared initially when Cvijanovic needed a cart to help him off the field and was seen after the game wearing a boot.

To come back in two weeks would be a boost heading into the matchup with the 1-9 Boilermakers.

The offensive line shuffled a few times against the Buckeyes. Jake Feldmeyer made his first start of the season at center, moving Alex Hill to guard and Michael Heitz to tackle. Freshman Austin Schmidt and redshirt-freshman Joe Spencer also played some at left tackle.

Although quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase was sacked five times last week, Beckman said the o-line unit has made strides this season.

"I think they've really stepped up the game," Beckman said. "You can see a remarkable difference. A.J. Ricker has done a really nice job."

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