There are a large number of college seniors hoping for a shot at professional football every season, but only a select few are fortunate enough to make it. As long as there is a dream, there is a chance. Illini lineman Jack Cornell had an excellent showing in the recent Pro Timing Day and now hopes to hear from one or more NFL teams.
March 16, 2012
The Fighting Illini football team boasts an experienced offensive line. Four of the starters enjoyed considerable playing time last season. Senior Jack Cornell was on campus for the 2007 Rose Bowl season, so he has seen both the highs and lows of college football. He is working hard to make 2011 the most memorable of all.
October 17, 2011
The Fighting Illini football team hasn't always been able to redshirt its offensive linemen, but the extra year almost always pays dividends. That is certainly true for Jack Cornell. Now a fifth year senior, he has transformed his body and gained the experience and maturity to be a leader for the offense in 2011.
June 26, 2011
The Fighting Illini offensive line stayed together all season long, opening holes for the running game and protecting for the passing attack. Due to a lack of depth, the Illini basically used just six linemen all season. Jack Cornell was considered sixth man before the year began, but he emerged to take a starting role.
December 23, 2010
It usually takes offensive linemen several years to become proficient and strong enough to battle in the trenches. Some play early, but all benefit from several years development in the system. A good example is Jack Cornell, who finally began to make an impression on the Illini's offensive coaching staff this spring.
June 2, 2010
Jack Cornell is making the most out of a bad situation. Cornell committed to Michigan State earlier this summer because it was the right place. That was then and with the coaching staff that was there. Since then, Cornell has picked up the pieces of his process and took a closer look at a few teams.
December 12, 2006
Nebraska brought in their first two offensive lineman prospects this weekend. Jack Cornell is a 6-foot-7 and 305-pound offensive tackle from Illinois that made a decision to commit to Michigan State then Michigan State decided to fire their coach. Cornell is really sorting through what is happening at Michigan State and at two other schools.
November 26, 2006
This is the time of year that recruiting really starts to heat up. Lots of players want to end the process around the end of their season and in-home visits are about to start. This is also the time of year to start talking about commitments to one school making official visits to see other schools. Nebraska looks to have at least one of those coming in this weekend.
November 19, 2006