Dre Brown tears ACL for 2nd straight spring

Illini lose another playmaker to ACL tear

CHAMPAIGN - Just like teammate Mike Dudek, Illinois redshirt freshman running back Dre Brown spent a year rehabilitating from a torn ACL suffered last spring.

Sadly, Brown suffered the same fate as Dudek again this spring.

Brown announced on Twitter on Tuesday night that he suffered an ACL tear in his other knee and will miss the 2016 season. Dudek suffered a tear in the same knee earlier this month and will also miss his second straight season.


Brown was working mostly as the No. 2 running back, just like last spring. The DeKalb native was expected to make a big impact, alleviating carries off of sophomore Ke'Shawn Vaughn, who led the Illini with 723 rushing yards last season.

The Illini offense is quickly losing some of its best playmakers.

The Illini currently have three healthy scholarship running backs: Vaughn, redshirt freshman Reggie Corbin and junior Kendrick Foster (78 career rushing yards). Incoming freshman Tre Nation, who is expected to take his official visit this weekend, will arrive this summer.

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