Spring Primer: Illini linebackers

Illinois lost its top two linebackers from a year ago -- two of its top three tacklers -- and has little proven experience to replace them. Who must step up for Hardy Nickerson's defense? Will any of the four incoming freshmen make an immediate impact? Illini Inquirer publisher Jeremy Werner previews the 2016 Illini linebackers.

Illini Inquirer is previewing each Illini position group leading up to  the start of spring practice on April 1Check out the previous previews below:

Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive line

Defensive line

Linebackers


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