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Midseason Report Card: Defense & Special Teams

Midseason Report Card: Defense & Special Teams

Ron Johnson-USA TODAY Sports The defense is getting some higher grades. Now, if anybody is going to get his old takes exposed, it’s me. A lot has happened in the last six weeks and the team is shaping up to be a lot different than what we thought it would be in late August. Here is where the Illini stand today. Special Teams Not much to say here. Illinois special teams are always a standout. We are a classic Big Ten team that loves to punt and kick field goals. Blake Hayes has 32 punts for 1,449 yards. One-half of “The Lads” ranks eighth in total punt yardage,...

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