CHAMPAIGN - To no surprise given Illinois interim coach Bill Cubit's recent comments, Illini wide receivers Mikey Dudek and Justin Hardee each will sit out the rest of the season and apply for medical hardship waivers.
Dudek, a sophomore who had 76 catches for 1,038 yards as a freshman, suffered a torn ACL during spring practice. He may have been ready for the Week 10 game against Ohio State, Cubit said, but Dudek will not waste a year of eligibility on just two or three games.
"I think it's to a point there where we have to do what's best for the player," Cubit said earlier this month. "We all live with that. It's all about him. I still think we're leading the Big Ten in passing. Would you like to have him? Yeah. Would you like to have Justin (Hardee)? Yeah. I never cry about injuries. ...We'll never use that as an excuse."
Hardee, a senior who has 47 career catches, was only expected to miss a few games with a broken foot suffered during July. But he suffered a setback and will now sit out the season to preserve a full season of eligibility.
"It's all going to be a personal choice, really," Cubit said earlier this month. "I've sat down with him and asked him where his personal feelings are at. We'll just get him back healthy. When he's healthy, he'll make a decision. If he's not healthy, then there really isn't a decision. He'll just go out there and redshirt. I think Mikey's a little bit more defined at this point."
As expected, senior running back Josh Ferguson is out for Saturday's game at Penn State. He has been sidelined for a month with an AC sprain (shoulder).
The Illinois offense is currently without three of its top four running backs, two of its top receivers and its starting tight end.
Beaver Stadium // University Park, Pa.
Saturday, Oct. 31, 2015 // Noon ET / 11 am CT // ESPN2
6 RB Josh Ferguson – Out
47 LEO Sean Adesanya - Out