Illini Football 2021

#177      
I think that he is a great punter also but, a better chance at the NFL than Green? I am not sure what you are viewing.
The kicking market isn't like other things because every team only has one of each, and they tend to be sticky. And obviously teams don't like expending resources on them.

It wouldn't be that unusual for Hayes to go undrafted and not have a roster spot initially and then wind up a Pro Bowler in a couple of years.
 
#182      
He's one of the best punters in football. He's def not borderline. I'm shocked he's coming back. He has a better chance at the NFL than Kendrick Green
Like JW mentioned in the article, his season wasn't as good as last year, plus he's wanting to get his Master's. So, he decided to return and boost his stock AND insure his future after football. Plus, he's a punter. It's not like he's gonna get drafted in the 1st round.
 
#194      
Just got a LB transfer from NC State.

Speaking as an NCSU grad, I hated the fact Hart was transferring out. Undersized, but helluva player. Super pumped that he is joining the Illini!

Here is a free article on Hart. Pretty encouraging production. Bielema has his foot on the gas for sure.

Edit: I was completely unaware that Cooper suffered a season ending injury too. We def need healthy bodies at linebacker. Interesting tidbit: In high school, Hart played for Patrick Surtain, who is the father of arguably the top corner in this upcoming draft, should he announce.
 
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#195      

Here is a free article on Hart. Pretty encouraging production. Bielema has his foot on the gas for sure.

Edit: I was completely unaware that Cooper suffered a season ending injury too. We def need healthy bodies at linebacker. Interesting tidbit: In high school, Hart played for Patrick Surtain, who is the father of arguably the top corner in this upcoming draft, should he announce.
Is he immediately available in the fall, or does he need to redshirt a year? Regardless, this is a big get in a position of need.