Bielema’s Roster Optimization Includes Verdis Brown’s Move From Offensive Guard to Nose Tackle

Verdis Brown has gone from starting at right guard in the 2020 opener to trying to help Bret Bielema’s new 3-4 defense as a nose tackle.
Matt Stevens, IlliniGuys Staff Writer

August 4, 2021

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Less than a week before the start of the 2020 season, Verdis Brown was celebrating being named Illinois’ starting right guard for the season opener at Wisconsin. Just under four weeks to go before the Illini host Nebraska in a Week 0 matchup on national television and a roster move involving Brown made major news during the start . . .

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