Bello Taking No Vaca

B.J. Bello's version of vacation may differ from some -- working out and watching film. That's what the redshirt sophomore linebacker is doing in the week leading up to summer workouts.

CHICAGO — With still a week left before Illinois players have to report to Champaign, B.J. Bello has no exciting plans.

His eyes are on the prize. Or on himself, to be more exact.

"Just keep working hard. No vacations. Just keep working out and film," he said.

The redshirt sophomore says he's hitting his stride, both physically and mentally, heading into his third round of summer workouts. After an offseason move to inside linebacker, the 6-foot-3, 220-pound Bello says he's ready to play.

"I feel like it's really coming together for me now," Bello said. "I feel like I've finally gotten my body where it needs to be and I feel comfortable on the field. I'm expecting a lot of good things this fall.

"Summer workouts are fun because it's a grind and there's not as much school to think about. It's really a time where you can focus on football and get ready for the season and camp. It's just football, football. That's what I love to do.

"I'm going to watch film from all of spring, look at my weak spots and work to improve them so I don't make the same mistakes during camp."

Bello, of New Lenox, Ill., is facing a lot of depth at inside linebacker, but he hopes he sticks at the spot. Linebackers coach Mike Ward has rotated players at the position the past two seasons, giving Bello a route to the playing field if he can work his way into the two-deep.

"As of right now I'm going to stay inside. It's whatever the coaching staff wants," Bello said. "If they think I can help the team out on the outside, I'll go out there. As of right now I'm inside and I'm comfortable. I really like playing inside."

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