Jeremy Werner

Illini scrimmage under the lights

First string offense, defense shine during scrimmage; Ke'Shawn Vaughn injured

The Illinois football team scrimmaged for about two hours in front of fans and media on Saturday night.

Read Jeremy Werner's scrimmage notes on the premium board.

Freshman running back Ke'Shawn Vaughn left the field on crutches and with ice taped to his left ankle after getting hit low. Linebacker Mason Monheim also missed the scrimmage and was in a walking boot on the sideline, though he is expected to be back at practice this week.

Illinois head coach Tim Beckman declined to talk to the media after the scrimmage and did not allow his players or coaches to talk to reporters either.

The team returned to Rantoul on Saturday night and will have a day off on Sunday before returning to the practice field for two sessions on Monday.

Offensive coordinator Bill Cubit and his son, Illini quarterbacks coach Ryan Cubit, will miss Monday's practices. They were scheduled to fly to Philadelphia early Sunday morning to attend the funeral services of Bill Cubit's mother, Loretta. Graduate assistant Reilly O'Toole, a former Illinois quarterback, will fill in and coach the quarterbacks on Monday. The staff also received a waiver from the NCAA that allows assistant director of football operations Nathan Scheelhaase, another former Illini quarterback, will coach the running backs on Monday.


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