Illini Football 2016: Training Camp Central

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Daily updates

Aug. 20 - Practice #15

Recruiting notebook: Josh Sternquist on St. Louis, beefed-up recruiting department, 2017 progress

WATCH: Illini coach Lovie Smith wraps up training camps, discusses meeting Lou Henson

WATCH: Illini senior Ryan Frain discusses double duty as punter and holder

Q&A with Illini recruiting analyst James Kirkland, who brings NFL scouting experience to recruiting department

Aug. 19 - Practice #14

Breakout Candidate: WR Zach Grant

More recruiting bits on premium board: Oladipo, Green and transfer talk

WATCH: Illini kicker Chase McLaughlin discusses rise up depth chart, kicking competition

WATCH: Illini long snapper Michael Martin discusses taking over sole LS duties

Aug. 18 - Practice #13

Breakout Candidate: RB Kendrick Foster transformed his body, game

WATCH: Lovie Smith post-practice Aug. 18

A few recruiting notes on the premium board

Florida LB locks in official visit with Illini

Is it CB Jaylen Dunlap's time to shine?

Five Illini freshmen who may play in 2016, plus notes on all true freshman

Freshman Focus: RB Tre Nation

Aug. 17 - Practice #12

Premium notes from Illini training camp practice #12

Freshman Focus: DL Tymir Oliver

Freshman Focus: OL Eddy Fish

Midwest state-by-state recruiting rankings: Where do Illini commits rank in state rankings?

Aug. 16 - Practice #11

Breakout Candidate: LB Justice Williams

Premium notes from Illini training camp practice #11

Illini Football Recruiting Lounge: Illini gaining momentum, 2 big decisions looming, recruiting board reset

Freshman Focus: LB Dele Harding

Freshman Focus: WR M.J. McGriff

Aug. 15 - Practice #10

PODCAST: Werner and Easterling talk Illini training camp, preview the 2016 season

Premium notes from Illini training camp practice #10

Mike Dudek on returning this season from 2nd ACL tear: 'If I can go, I'm going to go'

Freshman Focus: C Doug Kramer

Freshman Focus: K James McCourt

Aug. 14 - Media Day

Press Clippings: Highlights from Lovie Smith's media day press conference

Freshman Focus: WR Dominic Thieman

Freshman Focus: DT Kenyon Jackson

Aug. 13 - Practice #9

Premium notes: Observations from Illini practice under the lights

COMMIT: Illini land a big fish in 3-star OL Larry Boyd

Texas safety Josh Newman discusses Saturday visit to Illini

Easterling: Scouting new Illini commit Tony Adams

Aug. 12 - Practice #8

**UPDATE** TRENDING METER: Who's next to commit?; Plus, possible big Saturday visitor

COMMIT: 3-star CB Tony Adams picks Illini over Mizzou

Are three quarterbacks enough for Illini? Staff talks somewhat about Fitzgerald transfer

Aug. 11 - Practice #7

Training Camp premium notes - Aug. 11 (future 1st rounder among underclassmen?)

WATCH: Lovie Smith post-practice media session talking Jimmy Fitzgerald, Wes Lunt, increased contact

Easterling: Awodiran to Yale, so now what?

Illini or Mizzou for three-star DB Tony Adams, who decides Friday

Breakout Candidate: DE Carroll Phillips

Aug. 10 - No practice

Redshirt freshman QB Jimmy Fitzgerald transferring: Newser and analysis

Aug. 9 - Practice #6

WATCH: Bears great Charles Tillman visits Illini practice

WATCH: Lovie Smith post-practice talks Peanut Tillman, team progression and more

Breakout Candidate: Illini G Nick Allegretti

Aug. 8 - Practice #5

NOTEBOOK: Standouts from first fully-padded practice

Aug. 7 - Practice #4

NOTEBOOK: Lovie's trip to Canton; Lunt, Fitzgerald and RB notes

Aug. 6 - Practice #3

Breakout Candidate: DT Jamal Milan

East St. Louis four-star WR Jeff Thomas on Illini visit: 'I loved it'

Premium board practice notes (Offense has a day, Breakout candidates and more)

Illini hosting top-50 prospect on Saturday

Aug. 5 - Practice #2

NOTEBOOK: Dominant DL?; OL chat with Luke Butkus; One-on-one with CB Jaylen Dunlap

Premium board practice notes (Deeper OL/DL look; recruiting bits)

WATCH: Lovie Smith post-practice interview

WATCH: Joint interview with WR Desmond Cain, CB Jaylen Dunlap and RB Ke'Shawn Vaughn

Aug. 4 - Practice #1

NOTEBOOK: Welcome to Camp Lovie; Hardy's first practice; Whitman speaks to team

WATCH: Lovie Smith post-practice interview

Premium board practice notes (first-stringers and freshmen)

The Essentials

Official training camp schedule

Fan Information: What you need to know to attend practice Aug. 4-20

Illini Inquirer's Projected Depth Chart (updated often)

Season Preview: A quick preview of the 2016 Illini football team

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Pre-Training Camp Superlatives

Offense Superlatives: MVP, Breakout, Freshmen to Watch and more!

Defensive Superlatives: MVP, Biggest Position Battle, Time to Step Up and more!

Position Primers

Illini Inquirer is breaking down one Illini football position group per day, leading up to the start of  Illinois training camp on Thursday, Aug. 4.

Quarterbacks: Expectations for Wes Lunt; who is his backup and heir apparent? 

Running Backs: Ke'Shawn Vaughn is good, but what's behind him?

Wide Receivers: With Dudek out (for how long?), who will step up as playmakers? 

Tight End: How much will the Illini's weakest 2015 position improve?

Offensive Line: Are Allegretti and Megginson ready to power-up Illini o-line? 

Defensive Line: Is the Illini DL a top-5 B1G Group? How bad are they in 2017?

Linebackers: Despite key losses, is linebacker corps improved?

Defensive Backs: Can new-look secondary hold its own?

Other preview stories

WATCH: Lovie Smith on SportsCenter

Werner: Recruiting still a hot topic, question for Lovie

Q&A: BTN analyst Howard Griffith talks Lovie, Illini expectations

WATCH: J Leman talks Illini, Lovie expectations

Spring Ball Recap: Five big questions after Illini spring practice

Spring Ball Recap: Five things learned during Illini spring practice

Newcomers

Strength coach Joey Boese building up, reshaping the Illini

WATCH: Auburn DE transfer Gimel President discusses joining Illini

WATCH: What Hardy NIckerson Jr. brings to Illini defense

Q&A Josh Sternquist: Illinois native leads beefed-up Illini recruiting support staff

Special teams coach Bob Ligashesky: About 'being simple and sound'

LBs coach Tim McGarigle: 'Unbelievable opportunity'

WRs coach Andrew Hayes-Stoker: 'Want to change the mindset'

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

RBs coach Thad Ward: UI will 'recruit best players' from the state

Illini DL coach Mike Phair: 'Nothing changes' with Lovie's defense

Q&A defensive coordinator Hardy Nickerson

Q&A offensive coordinator Garrick McGee


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