Illini football 2016 Season Prep

Need to catch up on Illini football before Saturday's season opener against Murray State? Get all of Illini Inquirer's preseason football content here.

The Essentials

Illini Inquirer's Projected Depth Chart

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

Illini Football Training Camp Central: All of Illini Inquirer's Training Camp coverage

PODCAST: Jeremy Werner previews Illini season on the Talking 10 Podcast

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Training Camp review

Werner: Applying Wins Above Replacement to Illini football

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

Five pleasant surprises from Illini football training camp

Five biggest concerns following Illini football training camp

WATCH: Lovie Smith on SportsCenter

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

WATCH: J Leman talks Illini, Lovie expectations

Breakout candidates

Breakout Candidate: WR Zach Grant

Breakout Candidate: RB Kendrick Foster transformed his body, game

Breakout Candidate: LB Justice Williams

Breakout Candidate: DE Carroll Phillips

Breakout Candidate: Illini G Nick Allegretti

Breakout Candidate: DT Jamal Milan

Position Primers

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?

Freshmen Focus

Freshman Focus: OL Jake Cerny

Freshman Focus: OL Kurt Gavin

Freshman Focus: RB Tre Nation

Freshman Focus: DL Tymir Oliver

Freshman Focus: OL Eddy Fish

Freshman Focus: LB Dele Harding

Freshman Focus: WR M.J. McGriff

Freshman Focus: C Doug Kramer

Freshman Focus: K James McCourt

Freshman Focus: WR Dominic Thieman

Freshman Focus: DT Kenyon Jackson

The staff

Meet Travis Perry, Illini football's Graphics Guy

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

Strength coach Joey Boese building up, reshaping the Illini

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

Sternquist: St. Louis 'essential' to Illini

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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