Yes and no. They had KJ listed as a wide receiver last year, so +1 for identifying talent, - 10,000 for knowing how to use it.Insane. Whomever was identifying DBs on Lovies staff was clearly somewhat competent. Hit on Hobbs, Bennett, Witherspoon, and Joseph….none of them were above a mid-tier three star I think.
If this isn’t evidence of Walters’ ability to coach up athletes, I don’t know what is. Congrats to all of those honored - it just goes to show how much development and teamwork has gone into the D this year. So happy and proud of these guys!"Illinois' S Kerby Joseph was named an All-Big Ten first team selection (media) and K James McCourt and P Blake Hayes were each named to the third team (coaches), the Big Ten announced Tuesday. S Sydney Brown, OLB Owen Carney Jr., DL Jer'Zhan Newton, DL Keith Randolph Jr., and CB Devon Witherspoon all received All-Big Ten honorable mention accolades.
The Big Ten's offensive awards will be announced Wednesday at 11 a.m. CT on Big Ten Network."
Joseph Named First Team, All-Big Ten Defense/Special Teams Announced - University of Illinois AthleticsS Kerby Joseph was named an All-Big Ten first team selection (media) and K James McCourt and P Blake Hayes were each named to the third team (coaches), the Big Ten announced Tuesday.fightingillini.com
View attachment 13369
Isaiah Gay for one…Congrats to all. Each one made serious improvements this year. If you just looked at the 2nd half of the season, we could easily have a couple more names on there.
We are protesting the vote. Whitman has engaged Cyber Ninjas. Stay tuned.One item I find interesting....KJ was 1st Team - Media, 2nd Team - Coaches, and 2nd Team - PFF. He was graded the #1 DB in the nation by his PFF score, yet he is 2nd Team All Big Ten? What good is the PFF score if they don't even use it for handing out awards?
I never really noticed how stacked across the board the B1G is in punting until I watched other conferences more this year. People associate the B1G with punting for a reason and it's not just because of the offenses.He's really good, but the B1G is loaded in punting.
Let's get another OL drafted and start to make this program a destination for midwest OL like Wisconsin and ND currently is.