Looking ahead to 2020

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Few tidbits from Lovie at the Suburban Illini Club holiday party last night:

  • Tony Adams is going to stay at corner for the time being
  • Derrick Smith will be playing at safety opposite Sydney Brown, Quan Martin will also stay at safety
  • Jake Hansen will be moving to Mike linebacker
  • Currently have 6 scholarships open. Want to use two on high school players and keep the others for grad transfers.
 
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Anytime you get someone on campus, it’s not a Hail Mary. But it’s not likely. He seems committed to Georgia. But I never count Lovie out. He has a different demeanor, either guys love him or they don’t. When people love him, they give him their all. So let’s see what happens over the next few days
This. Maybe, just maybe, we'll strike a chord. Happened with Beason (different recruitments, obviously). You never know. That said, IBIWISI.
 
Convinced the young man to visit. Huge step in that. Gives us a shot.
Where is the tie here? Arkansas just hired the o-line coach who recruited him at Gerogia. That's Arkansas obvious tie to him... but what about us? One of the new coaches we just brought in?? 👀
 
I’m not connected to Georgia, but I’ve heard this from Florida and Texas people (neither of which are close to this recruitment).
If he is open to what we have to say, then I think Lovie can flip him. Broderick would be a match Lovies personality.
to keep the record straight, I’m not holding my breath on this recruit. I just wouldn’t be surprised.
 
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Few tidbits from Lovie at the Suburban Illini Club holiday party last night:

  • Tony Adams is going to stay at corner for the time being
  • Derrick Smith will be playing at safety opposite Sydney Brown, Quan Martin will also stay at safety
  • Jake Hansen will be moving to Mike linebacker
  • Currently have 6 scholarships open. Want to use two on high school players and keep the others for grad transfers.
Thanks for the info, Drew.
 
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Randomly found myself watching the Michigan State game highlights, one thing that I noticed, after a 5 yard penalty, we ran a little swing pass with Reggie coming out of the backfield, with BP rolling in the opposite direction, got us an easy 18 yards, really wondering why we didn’t run that play more often? Hoping we’ll get to see that wrinkle a bit more this upcoming season, we never really got Reggie and Dre involved in the passing game.
 
Randomly found myself watching the Michigan State game highlights, one thing that I noticed, after a 5 yard penalty, we ran a little swing pass with Reggie coming out of the backfield, with BP rolling in the opposite direction, got us an easy 18 yards, really wondering why we didn’t run that play more often? Hoping we’ll get to see that wrinkle a bit more this upcoming season, we never really got Reggie and Dre involved in the passing game.
Because that play is likely a tendency breaker and will result in negative yardage if used too often.
 
Returning production for 2020
We are ranked in something guys! Unfortunately so is several teams on our schedule.
Other than Illinois State, here is where our schedule ranks on this list in comparison to us:

ILLINOIS - 12th (78% Overall production returning)

UConn - 49th (68%)
Bowling Green - 115th (47%)
Rutgers - 15th (78%)
Nebraska - 17th (76%)
Purdue - 20th (74%)
Minnesota - 86th (58%)
Wisconsin - 34th (72%)
Iowa - 100 (53%)
Indiana - 11th (78%)
Ohio State - 92nd (56%)
Northwestern - 1st (84%)
 
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Ayo Dosunmu Enthusiast
Other than Illinois State, here is where our schedule ranks on this list in comparison to us:

ILLINOIS - 12th (78% Overall production returning)

UConn - 49th (68%)
Bowling Green - 115th (47%)
Rutgers - 15th (78%)
Nebraska - 17th (76%)
Purdue - 20th (74%)
Minnesota - 86th (58%)
Wisconsin - 34th (72%)
Iowa - 100 (53%)
Indiana - 11th (78%)
Ohio State - 92nd (56%)
Northwestern - 1st (84%)
UConn has 24 players in the transfer portal, shocked they're top 50.
 
I certainly consider 6-6 to be the team's floor. I don't choose to go the what if route, but I cannot imagine the Illini winning less than 8 games in the 2020 season. I am optimistic that the team won't be so decimated by injury like last year. Hanson, Wole, the two receivers, Beason, etc.... I also think the coaches will use their non starters this year preparing them for the next man up approach. Isaiah Williams, Cumby, D Campbell and others were not properly used last year. That has to change.
I would love to hear the reasons for your optimism, especially since it appears you have a very poor imagination.
 
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