The Intriguing List: Devin Church

A look at Devin Church - one of the more intriguing players Illinois has heading into this spring.

Devin Church - Tailback/Receiver - 5-8, 185, Redshirt sophomore

The Word: First Church was a wide receiver. Then he was running back. Then he was… Both? Maybe. Church is small, but fast and shifty. He's probably not going to get 10 carries in a game, and his hands are good enough that he can split out and man the slot. A guy like Church can help cover whichever position is low on depth at a given time, which is a valuable for a team like Illinois.

2013: Eight carries for 44 yards. Two catches for five yards.

Intrigue level: 2 out of 10. It seems to me that Church is better suited at the slot, but the Illini have slowly built up depth at wide receiver. So, keeping him in a flex mentality is probably best, just to cover for injury or attrition at either position. Church has the look of a dynamic athletic who can do things with the ball in space. Does he deserve a touch over Josh Ferguson? Or the any number of receivers who could emerge this spring? That's the question Church has to answer. He could use this spring to find his niche and carve out targets or touches. If he doesn't, he could get lost on the depth chart. And at that point, it won't matter what position he is or isn't listed at.

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