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Heat Checks and Hail Marys - Beginning of the 2nd Quarter and Make Donations Not Angry Xs

Heat Checks and Hail Marys - Beginning of the 2nd Quarter and Make Donations Not Angry Xs

Mike Cagley, Co-Host Sports Spectacular & Big Sports Radio […]

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Ked's Recruiting Roundup - Mikey Lewis

Ked's Recruiting Roundup - Mikey Lewis

Kedric Prince, IlliniGuys Director of Recruiting

September 19, 2023

Mikey Lewis Sr. recaps his son's official visit from Illinois this weekend. Let us say Mr. Lewis did his homework on the Illini before the visit was scheduled. 

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‘We can fix it’: Illinois OC Barry Lunney Jr. Begins Steps For Luke Altmyer’s Confidence Rebuild

‘We can fix it’: Illinois OC Barry Lunney Jr. Begins Steps For Luke Altmyer’s Confidence Rebuild

Illinois offensive coordinator Barry Lunney Jr. said he believes the coaching staff already identifying the cause for Luke Altmyer’s turnover-happy game vs. Penn State is half of the battle.

Matt Stevens, IlliniGuys Staff Writer

September 18, 2023

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Barry Lunney Jr. believes identification is the first step to bringing back Luke Altmyer’s confidence. 

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NEWS: Illini Safety Matthew Bailey Out For Remainder of 2023 Season

NEWS: Illini Safety Matthew Bailey Out For Remainder of 2023 Season

Illinois sophomore safety Matthew Bailey will have season-ending surgery to repair damage to his shoulder sustained in the 30-13 loss to No. 7 Penn State on Saturday. 

Matt Stevens, IlliniGuys Staff Writer

September 18, 2023

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — The 2023 season for Matthew Bailey will consist of no more than 22 snaps of action. 

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‘A spark is what he provides’: Can Reggie Love Get More Opportunities to Shine in 2023?

‘A spark is what he provides’: Can Reggie Love Get More Opportunities to Shine in 2023?

Illinois tailback Reggie Love has averaged 4.5 yards per carry in each of the first three games of the 2023 season, but early deficits have negated his effectiveness in the second half for the Illini offense.

Matthew Stevens, IlliniGuys Staff Writer

September 18, 2023

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Reggie Love III believes he’s one big run away from putting all of his talent and potential together into being the star tailback at Illinois this season. 

And his Illini coaches agree with this assessment from the tailback who will turn 22 years old on Oct. 11. 

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The Trench Report:  Penn State

The Trench Report: Penn State

Steve Sturm, IlliniGuys Football Analyst

September 18, 2023

I know that Illinois fans are smarting after suffering through the loss to Penn State on Sunday, but the film review reveals that, aside from the turnovers, the Illini showed out pretty well on Saturday. I know that's a pretty big IF to use, but I also don't think Illinois is likely to be minus 5 on the turnover battle very often and to hang in pretty well against a top 10 team while losing the turnover battle isn't such a bad result.

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The Farrell Files Illinois - Weekend Recruiting Updates

The Farrell Files Illinois - Weekend Recruiting Updates

Mike Farrell, IlliniGuys & Big Sports Radio National Football Recruiting Expert

September 18, 2023

(Mike Farrell also has his own website: https://mikefarrellsports.com/)

In this edition of the Farrell Files, I’ll give an update on two committed players who have taken visits and a couple of things I’ve heard about this weekend’s visits.

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Penn State 30, Illinois 13 - Illini Film Review - Manny Diaz’s Pressure vs. Luke Altmyer Was a Nittany Lions TKO

Penn State 30, Illinois 13 - Illini Film Review - Manny Diaz’s Pressure vs. Luke Altmyer Was a Nittany Lions TKO

Penn State defensive coordinator’s Manny Diaz creative blitz and coverage schemes confused, hurried and ultimately defeated Illinois’ inexperienced quarterback on Saturday. 

Matt Stevens, IlliniGuys Staff Writer

Cover photo courtesy Steve Snider, IlliniGuys

September 17, 2023

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — A major tipping point leading into evaluating the result Saturday’s Penn State-Illinois matchup was how Illinois would try to affect Nittany Lions quarterback Drew Allar in his first career collegiate start on the road. 

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Ked's Recruiting Roundup - Carlos Orr

Ked's Recruiting Roundup - Carlos Orr

Kedric Prince, IlliniGuys Director of Recruiting

September 17, 2023

The Fighting Illini had a big weekend of recruits on campus, some who have already pledged to Illinois and others who are showing serious interest. 

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Ked's Recruiting Roundup - Dierre Hill

Ked's Recruiting Roundup - Dierre Hill

Kedric Prince, IlliniGuys Director of Recruiting

September 17, 2023

Illinois prep Dierre Hill, junior from Belleville, Illinois, was on campus this weekend to check out the Fighting Illini. Here at IlliniGuys we told you Illinois would have some big-time recruits on campus...Hill was one of them.

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Sturdy's Soliloquys - Penn State Aftermath

Sturdy's Soliloquys - Penn State Aftermath

Brad Sturdy, Co-Host of Sports Spectacular and Big Sports Radio

September 17, 2023

The Illini fell to #7 Penn State at Memorial Stadium on Saturday by a 30-13 score. What did we learn about this team and what does it mean going forward? Sturdy’s weekly thoughts recapping the Illini football game aren’t as negative as others, but here we go. 

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Luke Altmyer’s Confidence May Need Rebuilt...Fast

Luke Altmyer’s Confidence May Need Rebuilt...Fast

After being pulled from a network television game following four interceptions, the upcoming week of practice could have high importance for Illinois quarterback Luke Altmyer.

Matt Stevens, IlliniGuys Staff Writer

September 17, 2023

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — It’s a safe bet that Saturday, September 16, 2023, was likely the first time Luke Altmyer has been removed from a football game for ineffective play. 

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“I want him to take these moments and grow”: Bielema Pulls Luke Altmyer in 30-13 loss to Penn State

“I want him to take these moments and grow”: Bielema Pulls Luke Altmyer in 30-13 loss to Penn State

Illinois head coach Bret Bielema said Saturday following the 30-13 loss to No. 7 Penn State that he doesn’t anticipate making a change at starting quarterback for next weekend’s contest vs. Florida Atlantic.

By Matt Stevens - IlliniGuys Football Writer/Analyst

September 16, 2023

(Cover photo courtesy Illinois Athletics)

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — For only the second time in his tenure at Illinois, Bret Bielema was in the position of being forced to pull his starting quarterback from a game for performance reasons. 

Following a fourth interception, a perfect strike right into the stomach of Penn State cornerback Cam Miller, Luke Altmyer’s afternoon was immediately over.

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Turnovers Doom Illini in 30-13 loss to No. 7 Penn State - INSTANT RECAP

Turnovers Doom Illini in 30-13 loss to No. 7 Penn State - INSTANT RECAP

By Matt Stevens - IlliniGuys Football Writer/Analyst September 16, […]

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Ked's Recruiting RoundUp - Player GameDay Visitors

Ked's Recruiting RoundUp - Player GameDay Visitors

Kedric Prince, IlliniGuys Director of Recruiting

September 16, 2023

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. —  This afternoon the Fighting Illini football team will take on the Penn State Nittany Lions here at Memorial Stadium. Here's a list of a few prospects that we spoke with prior to the game, only here at IlliniGuys .

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