Illini Gridders Host Scrimmage at Camp

RANTOUL, Ill. — The Illinois Football team's eighth practice of the 2006 training camp was the annual scrimmage at Rantoul High School. The day marked the squad's first real contact work and emphasized 11-on-11, redzone, third-down and two-minute work.

The session began with special teams with work on field goals and punting. Junior kicker Jason Reda made five-of-six attempts, including at 47 and 52-yarder. The practice then moved to five drives, pitting the first-team offense against the second-team defense and vice versa. The first team drove down the field in their second attempt, setting up a 24-yard field goal by Reda. The squad also got some work deep in the offensive territory, before moving to red zone series.

During the red zone work, the offense scored on five-of-six drives, including four touchdowns. The Illini wrapped up the two-hour session with 15 third-down attempts and two-minute drills.

For the day, Rashard Mendenhall led all rushers with 75 yards on 11 carries. He also had a 54-yard run during the third-down drills. Freshman Joe Morgan had two receptions of over 25 yards to lead the receivers with 83 yards on four catches. Senior Tim Brasic and freshman Juice Williams each posted over 100 yards passing and completed over 50 percent of their passes. Williams tossed two touchdown passes in the red zone. Illinois' two junior college transfers Antonio Steele and Justin Sanders each totaled seven tackles to lead the defense.

Source courtesy of the U of I SID office and photo.

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