The Fighting Illini football team's defense is expected to be outstanding this year, given the large number of upperclassmen with experience on the roster. But safety is a concern due to previous injuries to the starters. Senior Supo Sanni sat out most of spring ball with a minor injury, but he's 100% and ready to have his best season.
August 13, 2012
It is extremely difficult for a football player to sit out a year. It becomes magnified when he is injured after spending all of the previous spring and summer as a starter. Fighting Illini safety Supo Sanni endured the agony of surgery and rehabilitation, but now his long nightmare appears over. His first Illini interception Saturday is a sign he is ready to make a major impact.
September 14, 2011
The Fighting Illini football team suffered a rash of problems in the secondary shortly before the 2010 season. Foremost was the loss of starting safety Supo Sanni to an Achilles tendon rupture. He has made excellent progress after surgical repair and played in the Spring Game.
May 6, 2011
Coaching changes always bring a new lease on life for football players who have struggled getting playing time. Without preconceived notions, every player has a chance to make a positive impression on the new coaches. And changes in philosophy can help players who fit the new style. Safety Supo Sanni is taking advantage of Illini defensive changes.
May 7, 2010
With the graduation loss of three senior safeties, the Fighting Illini football team has been scrambling to find and develop repacements. Opponents have picked on Illini inexperience, but each mistake has served as a teacher to strengthen the secondary. Freshman Supo Sanni has made great strides this fall and is beginning to provide depth at safety.
November 7, 2008
Supo Sanni took what turned out to be his final official visit this weekend, visiting Ron Zook and the Fighting Illini. Less than a month after his teammate, Russell Ellington, committed to the Hawkeyes, Sanni was down to Iowa and Illinois. Illinois came out on top, security a commitment from the 6-4, 190 pound 3-star athlete this weekend. Read more in this free recruiting Q&A.
October 28, 2007