The Essential List: Darius Mosely

A look at Darius Mosely -- one of a select group of players essential to Illinois this spring.

Darius Mosely - Cornerback - 5-11, 185, Sophomore

The Word: Mosely entered his first season at Illinois as the second-most anticipated recruit of the Beckman Era (behind only Aaron Bailey). He lived up to the hype, playing in every game and finishing 10th in tackles playing mostly from the nickel spot.

2013: 36 tackles, 0.5 for loss, one fumble recovered

Expectation: The Illinois defense has to be better and there's only one way for that to happen — guys like Mosely fulfill their potential and play lights out. Hey, no pressure, but Mosely is not a freshman any longer. He's a second-year dripping with athleticism and playmaking ability. It's no longer enough for him to just be out there and not make mistakes. He now has to impact the game. There's real potential for him to help on special teams and some still wonder what he could do if given the chance on offense. That might be putting too much on his plate at this point, so we'll just stick with him taking a step forward on defense to help change that unit's fortune.

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