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Daily updates

April 25: RB Kendrick Foster: 'Glad I stayed'

April 24: Werner Mailbag: Expectations for 2016 season and class of 2017?

April 22: Nickerson: 'Special opportunity' to coach son

April 22: Mike Dudek doesn't rule out 2016 return

April 21: WATCH: What Nickerson brings to Illini defense

April 21: Hardy Nickerson Jr. transferring to Illini

April 21: WATCH What's next for Illini at RB?

April 21: Scheelhaase familiar with new Illini offense ($)

April 20: Q&A with Josh Sternquist, Illini director of player personnel ($)

April 20: Dre Brown suffers torn ACL for second straight season

April 19: Werner's Whits: Spring observations so far ($)

April 18: Practice #10 report: Illini depth charts taking shape

April 18: Illini in a tight spot at tight end

April 17: Highlights from Saturday's open practice

April 16: Five standouts from Illini open practice

April 16: Post scrimmage interviews: Lovie, McGee, Nickerson and Jeff George Jr.

April 15: 'Mixed emotions' on dropping Camp Rantoul; Lovie recruits late into night

April 15: Lovie decide to keep training camp on campus, drop Camp Rantoul

April 13: Illini offensive line 'switching sides' in McGee's offensive reboot

April 12: Mike Dudek ACL surgery 'went excellent'

April 11: Illini showing interest in former Michigan OL, Peoria Manual product

April 10: A new (Caleb) Day for Illini? Senior safety running out chances to make impact

April 9: Lovie Smith discusses QB Wes Lunt and recruiting

April 9: Who must step up in Dudek's absence?

April 8: Another season-ending ACL tear for WR Mikey Dudek

April 6: RB Dre Brown, SS Patrick Nelson ready to make impact after lost seasons

April 5: Dudek out again with a knee injury

April 3: Inexperienced Illini linebackers learning from a legend

April 2: Practice Report - Wind forces Illini indoors; Lovie talks S&C coach, head of recruiting

April 2: REPORT - Lovie hires head of recruiting efforts

April 1: Werner - Lovie's presence felt in first practice

April 1: First Practice Premium Bits ($)

April 1: VIDEO - Lovie recaps first Illini practice

March 31: Illini assistants discuss joining Lovie's staff

March 31: WATCH - Top five Illini spring football storylines

March 30: Werner: Time for Lovie to get to work

March 29: VIDEO - Full Lovie Smith press conference

March 29: Press Clippings - highlights from Lovie Smith press conference

Position battles

Cornerbacks: Illini lost two three-year starters; who is ready to replace them? ($)

Offensive guards: Who are the favorites to win two vacated OL spots? Top challengers? ($)

Coaching corner

VIDEO - Illini OC Garrick McGee discusses all his new QBs, including Wes Lunt

VIDEO: Illini DC Hardy Nickerson discusses LB play, recruiting California

VIDEO - RBs coach Thad Ward: Illini will 'recruit best players in the state of Illinois'

VIDEO - WRs coach Andrew-Hayes Stoker discusses why he left NFL to join Lovie

VIDEO - OL coach Luke Butkus: 'It's great to be back'

VIDEO - LBs coach Tim McGarigle: 'Unbelievable opportunity' under Lovie, Hardy

VIDEO - DBs coach Paul Williams: 'It's funny how things work out'

VIDEO - Special teams coordinator Bob Ligashesky: 'It's about being simple and sound'

DL coach Mike Phair 'pretty pumped up' about reuinion with Lovie Smith

Werner's Whits: Thoughts on Lovie Smith's Illini coaching staff ($)

Q&A with Garrick McGee: Illini offensive coordinator discusses why he joined Lovie, his offense

Q&A with Hardy Nickerson: Illini defensive coordinator discusses his coaching style

Spring superlatives

Five Breakout Candidates: Five Illini players who could break out with big 2016 seasons

Five Illini who must step up: Five Illini players who must improve fill team holes

Five freshmen to watch: Five Illini freshmen who could play significant roles in 2016

Five important Illini backups: Five reserves/rotation players who may play significant roles

Positional previews

Quarterbacks: Expectations for Lunt's senior season; can anyone push Crouch for QB2?

Running backs: Is Vaughn ready to be RB2?; What will Brown, Corbin add after injuries?

Wide receivers: The Dude(k) is back! So is Hardee; Can Turner replace G-Mo's production?

Tight ends: Illini added depth on Signing Day but do they have enough Big Ten-ready bodies?

Offensive line: Can Megginson, Allegretti add needed punch to the Illini interior?

Defensive line: For at least one more year, Illini DL could be defense's deepest, best group

Linebackers: Illini lose Monheim, Neal; is anyone ready to fill their shoes?

Secondary: Illini lose 3 of 4 starters; can talent make up for inexperience?

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