Josh Brent Says Illini Buoyed By Second Half

With a 1-4 record and little to brag about, the Fighting Illini are looking for a reason for optimism. There are seven games remaining, and there is still a chance to salvage the season. Defensive tackle Josh Brent believes the second half of the Michigan State game served as a stepping stone to a brighter future.

Illinois junior defensive tackle Josh Brent has played well this fall, but his efforts often go unnoticed. Opponents have run over, around and through the defense at times, thanks in part to youthful inexperience at some positions. But the second half of the Homecoming contest with Michigan State showed some things that have Brent and his teammates encouraged. "We moved the ball well the...

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