“There is nothing like…the opening weekend of a football season.” Illini football head coach Lovie Smith said at Illinois Media Day. He’s absolutely, one million percent correct. The first game of week of Lovie’s inaugural season is finally here. Are you giddy yet?
From Lovie Smith to Defensive Coordinator Hardy Nickerson, one of the NFL’s best linebackers in the 1990s, to his son the new mike linebacker, to the defensive line being the strength of the team to defensive end Dawuane Smoot being the most talented player on the team, Illinois has something it’s sorely lacked for a long time- an identity.Follow paulmbanks