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Hunter Nourzad’s Final Five Transfer Options

Hunter Nourzad’s Final Five Transfer Options

Matt Stevens, IlliniGuys Staff Writer

January 13, 2022

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Cornell graduate transfer offensive lineman Hunter Nourzad has narrowed his list of suitors to five schools

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Reunited And it Feels So Good:  Lunney’s

Reunited And it Feels So Good:  Lunney’s "Tempro” Offense Fits Bielema’s Vision

Nearly a decade ago, Bret Bielema gave Barry Lunney […]

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Sturdy's 3 Takeaways - Nebraska Edition

Sturdy's 3 Takeaways - Nebraska Edition

By Brad Sturdy -- IlliniGuys Insider/Analyst

January 12, 2022

The Illini weren’t sharp on Tuesday night in Lincoln, but a late surge allowed them to pull away and get the Big Ten road win over Nebraska 81-71. Trent Frazier led the way with 29 points and Kofi Cockburn added 16 and 13, but the Illini got huge minutes down the stretch from Omar Payne and Coleman Hawkins on a night when Alfonso Plummer and Cockburn weren’t at their best to move to 5-0 in league play for the first time since 2005.

Here’s what we saw.

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Illini’s New 2022 Schedule Includes First Trip to Indiana Since 2013

Illini’s New 2022 Schedule Includes First Trip to Indiana Since 2013

Instead of playing a third straight game inside Penn […]

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IlliniGuys Website Celebrates 1st Anniversary

IlliniGuys Website Celebrates 1st Anniversary

January 12, 2022 CHICAGO, Ill. -- The multi-media website […]

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Heat Checks and Hail Marys - Frazier's Stellar 2nd Half Dooms the Huskers

Heat Checks and Hail Marys - Frazier's Stellar 2nd Half Dooms the Huskers

Mike Cagley, IlliniGuy January 12, 2022 The Illini struggled […]

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Illini Hold Off Determined Huskers To Post 12th Straight Big Ten Win

Illini Hold Off Determined Huskers To Post 12th Straight Big Ten Win

IlliniGuys Staff January 11, 2022 (Cover photo courtesy Illinois […]

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Illini Basketball Preview - Illini at Nebraska

Illini Basketball Preview - Illini at Nebraska

Essentials Fighting Illini (11-3, 4-0) at Nebraska Cornhuskers (6-10, […]

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Lunney Jr.’s Hire Represents A Revival of The Tight End Position at Illinois

Lunney Jr.’s Hire Represents A Revival of The Tight End Position at Illinois

By Matt Stevens -- IlliniGuys Football Writer/Analyst

January 10, 2022

(Cover photo courtesy Ron Johnson/USA Today)

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- The hope in the hiring of Barry Lunney Jr. the program’s 12th offensive coordinator in the last 13 years, is the program will finally be able to make good on a promise.  

Since 2009, when then-Illini offensive coordinator Mike Locksley agreed to become the next head coach at New Mexico, Illinois has gone through 11 different offensive coordinators. All of them have pledged, in one way or another, to heavily involve the tight end position in the pass game of the Illini offense. 

In those 13 years, Illinois has never had a tight end be among the top 30 targets in the Big Ten Conference despite having spotty consistency at the position. In 2020, Daniel Barker, who announced earlier this winter he was intending to investigate his options with the upcoming National Football League draft process, was the team’s second-leading receiver...

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Football Recruiting Spotlight on Chase Miller and Fabrizio Pinton

Football Recruiting Spotlight on Chase Miller and Fabrizio Pinton

Steve Sturm, IlliniGuys Football Analyst

January 10, 2022

Illinois added a couple of notable preferred walk-ons Saturday

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Ked's Recruiting Roundup - Illini Get a Steal in Preferred Walk-on Chase Miller

Ked's Recruiting Roundup - Illini Get a Steal in Preferred Walk-on Chase Miller

Kedric Prince, IlliniGuys.com Director of Recruiting

January 9, 2022

Illinois assistant football coach George McDonald may have found a gem in the class of 2022

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Illinois Football Picks Up Surprise Commitment from Texas Kicker/Punter

Illinois Football Picks Up Surprise Commitment from Texas Kicker/Punter

Fabrizio Pinton, a 6-foot-3, 215-lb combo kicker-punter from the Air Force Academy and The Woodlands (TX) High School, verbally committed to Bret Bielema and Illinois football on January 8, 2022.

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Barry Lunney Jr. Hired as Illini’s New Offensive Coordinator

Barry Lunney Jr. Hired as Illini’s New Offensive Coordinator

Illinois head coach Bret Bielema goes with a comfortable choice in selecting UTSA offensive coordinator Barry Lunney Jr. as the Illini’s new offensive coordinator

Matt Stevens, IlliniGuys Staff Writer

January x, 2022

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Bret Bielema is much more familiar with his second offensive coordinator hire at Illinois. 

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Recruiting: Four-star lineman receives Illinois offer

Recruiting: Four-star lineman receives Illinois offer

By Kedric Prince - IlliniGuys.com Director of Recruiting 

January 8, 2022

Miles McVay is a 6-foot-7, 335-pound offensive tackle from the class of 2023 from East St. Louis, Illinois.

Because McVay was recently offered by Illinois, IlliniGuys.com caught up with him to get the latest on his recruitment.

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Sturdy's 3 Takeaways - Maryland Edition

Sturdy's 3 Takeaways - Maryland Edition

By Brad Sturdy - IlliniGuys Insider/Analyst

January 7, 2022

The Illini moved to 4-0 in the Big Ten and 11-3 overall with a 76-64 win over Maryland on Thursday night behind a monster performance from Kofi Cockburn and a Trent Frazier 2nd half heater.

After a fast start and a 21-7 Illini lead, Kofi Cockburn picked up his second foul. The Terps took advantage and turned a 14 point deficit into a 4 point halftime lead with Cockburn sidelined. This is a Terrapin team that came in with confidence, having won 4 in a row in the State Farm Center and Illini fans felt like ti was more of the same.

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