Illini Complete Second Scrimmage

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. – The University of Illinois football team completed its second scrimmage of the preseason, Saturday afternoon, signaling the official end of Camp Rantoul.

Due to potential weather problem, the squad broke camp in the morning, headed back to Memorial Stadium where they wrapped up the two-hour scrimmage. The Illini offense and defense executed approximately 18 drives worth of plays and finished with a couple two-minute drills. The offenese gained over 100 yards on the ground and 400 yards passing without a single turnover throughout the workout. The defense racked up eight sacks.

The coaching staff also benefited from having the scrimmage at Memorial Stadium. The coaches took advantage of the scrimmage location to get acclimated with the coaches' booths in the press box and the headsets.

"We made a lot of progress. The players gave as much effort as they could. The concentration was better," head coach Ron Zook said. "I think the plays were much more crisp. The offense was much more in rhythm and much more in sync. Brasic showed improvement running the offense. He didn't have a turnover. We as an offense and as a football team have to continue to improve. I can't say enough about the way these guys have worked and pushed. I like the way they have responded."

Junior quarterback, Tim Brasic led the Illini in completions, going 14-of-19 for 148 yards and a 29-yard touchdown pass to sophomore DaJuan Warren. Chris Pazan posted 10 completions on 21 attempts for 187 yards. The junior quarterback hit junior Franklin Payne for a 37-yard touchdown pass in the opening drive. Pierre Thomas led the Orange and Blue in rushing picking up 62 yards on seven carries. Thomas took one in for a19-yard touchdown. Fullback Jason Davis busted into the end zone on a 5-yard run. Davis gained 19 yards on six carries. Payne led the Illini with 77 yards receiving on five catches. The Illini quarterbacks spread the offense hitting 17 different receivers.

"From a receiver standpoint, we had the chance to make a lot of big plays and we made a majority of them," Kendrick Jones said. "For the most part, a lot of guys are into it. Mistake free is not the word but a lot of guys are really honed in to what they have to do and really got it done."

Although the Illini defense didn't force any turnovers, they managed to rack up 13 tackles-for-loss and eight quarterback sacks. Sophomore linebacker J. Leman who recorded nine stops and two tackles-for-loss paced the defense. Morris Virgil had five tackles and two pass-break-ups. Freshman linebacker Rodney Pittman had a scrimmage-high two sacks for a total loss of 18 yards.

Practice resumes Monday at 3:30 p.m.

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