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  1. thunderwear

    Illini Football 2019

    That is undeniable. Lose one of the first three and bowling gets increasingly difficult. Plus, the offense is more likely to struggle. Hey nfortunately that means the defense is on the field for larger stretches. Not ideal for a long healthy season.
  2. thunderwear

    Illinois Football Recruiting Thread

    Yes. Agree completely. And, I haven’t had the sense that Lovie has been pretending like the talent is there. This is the first interview I remember where he has said, the talent is there, now we expect to win.
  3. thunderwear

    Illini Football 2019

    I expect us to win, I don’t care how much we win by.
  4. thunderwear

    Illini Football 2019

    But we always see good teams lose to fcs teams. even Bad fcs teams. I think a few broken plays from lack of cohesion happens.
  5. thunderwear

    Illinois Football Recruiting Thread

    I understand the concern and I’ve been pretty happy with lovies classes. Could it have been better, possibly, but we have been so bad for so long that expectations are to put together a bowl team. We can see the depth start to build and the talent seems good enough for bowl games. They are...
  6. thunderwear

    Illini Football 2019

    But we also almost beat USF after that and northwestern. Last season was atrociously bad, and we were still within a stones throw of a bowl game with 5 of 6 top receivers injured
  7. thunderwear

    Illini Football 2019

    I’m not convinced of this. I think the first could be a squeaker just with a new qb and trouble gelling
  8. thunderwear

    Illini Football 2019

    Exact quote I pulled. I think we are one year away from a stellar big west defense. The question is: can we hang around enough to win. I think this depends mostly on how long the offense can stay on the field.
  9. thunderwear

    Illini Football 2019

    As of July 9, Sidney was on his way. My guess is that he just got to campus and the roster hasn't been updated.
  10. thunderwear

    Illini Football 2019

    Here is another writeup. Regardless of what the board thinks, I still think this team is trending up. The atrocious losses last season can be attributed to injuries and depth. Some of the worst positions on the roster are trending up, very quickly. We have plenty of speed coming in at the...
  11. thunderwear

    Illini Football 2019

    The funny thing about lovies tenure is that every time we look, things are on their way to greatness or the wheels are falling off. If the wheels fall off, we can’t do anything about it. If we are on our way to greatness, we aren’t doing anything about it. So really we gotta trust and let...
  12. thunderwear

    Illini Football 2019

    No, Lovie is ultimate responsible for the teams success, even having lost 6+ big 10 caliber starters and one or more potential nfl picks. Had we had those players, I would be much more confident in a 6-8 win season.
  13. thunderwear

    Illini Football 2019

    Ultimately, I’m bullish, but for the same reason the author made the case for the juniors coming in is something to be excited about, is the reason I’m nervous. We lost hojo, boyd, Williams, Dorsey, and Roundtree from that first class (plus others I can’t think of), which, I believe would have...
  14. thunderwear

    Illini Football 2019

    I wouldn’t read too much into that. He seemed to be creating a false narrative based on rivers and Taylor leaving. Ultimately, we don’t know who will start. I would be surprised if it wasn’t Peters, with some plays set for Williams.
  15. thunderwear

    Illinois Football Recruiting Thread

    This question is a little loaded, the team is mostly in good position to win 8-10 in 2020. we have some positions of need for 2020, but overall 2020 will be a good team. We need linemen, so any lineman would be good. There are plenty still on our board I would like to see us add some play...
  16. thunderwear

    Illinois Football Recruiting Thread

    I like our shot with Blaise sparks, I like that we have a shot with issiah walker and jay Wilkerson. There are many more on the list. Start to panic if we go 0 and 3
  17. thunderwear

    Illinois Football Recruiting Thread

    For out of staters, we still have some big names on board. We’ve done much better in Florida, Texas, and Missouri, than in Illinois. Though it’s disappoimting to lose players, there are plenty of targets still on the board
  18. thunderwear

    Illinois Football Recruiting Thread

    Kevin Tyler and james Frenchie, those are the two I’m hoping to see commit soon
  19. thunderwear

    Illini Football 2019

    Anyone want some kool aid? https://www.google.com/amp/s/247sports.com/college/illinois/LongFormArticle/Illinois-Fighting-Illini-football-Top-10-reasons-for-Illini-optimism-in-2019-133679533/Amp/
  20. thunderwear

    Illinois Football Recruiting Thread

    For a lot of HS players, the coaches are showing the gaps that we had last year, players can see how they can make an immediate impact. Right now, players have liked the program but there has been a lot of negative recruitment, suggesting Lovie will not be here much longer. That is the...
  21. thunderwear

    Illinois Football Recruiting Thread

    I agree. I think we win the first 3 and rutgers, and we are in good position to outperform expectations again. I think Betiku will be an interesting watch. We don't need him to play to his 5* ranking, it would be nice, but if he could play to a 4* ranking that would be great! Also, I expect our...
  22. thunderwear

    Illinois Football Recruiting Thread

    I don't think we will see a mass influx of commitments to Illinois (from other programs). But if we have a good season, I expect to see a few. But, my comment is less about this class and more about the next class. Last year was underwhelming. it was enough to sell some key pieces on the...
  23. thunderwear

    Illini Football 2019

    Probably the long snapper
  24. thunderwear

    Illinois Football Recruiting Thread

    (If) This fail (happens),(it) is consistent with our inability to recruit illinois. I wouldn't be as concerned about this as I would about the final product this season. If we win 5 or 6, next year we will go bowling and the program will look pretty solid. I believe Lovie will be able to knock...
  25. thunderwear

    Illini Football 2019

    Does rod post for defensive players?