The Essential List: Ted Karras

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

Ted Karras - Offensive lineman - 6-4, 300, Redshirt Junior

The Word: Karras has been a mainstay at right guard since 2012, when he assumed the starting job as a redshirt freshman. He's the seventh member of his family to play football in the Big Ten.

2013: Started 10 games at right guard.

Expectation: Karras has a nasty streak and and no-nonsense way of going about his football business. He's entering his third year as a starter and there's no questioning his effort and desire. He'll be counted on to once again man his spot, and his role as a leader and spokesman of the offense will surely continue to develop.

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