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  1. Big Ten and the NFL draft: the last decade

    Brian Bennett

    Thursday is the start of the 2012 NFL draft, also known as the most important thing in the history of things. That got me to thinking about which Big Ten teams have been the most successful in producing draft picks and first-rounders. Which led me...

    Blog | April 25, 2012
  2. Fresh faces: Illinois

    Adam Rittenberg

    The fresh faces series resumes with the Illinois Fighting Illini. Here's a look at three true freshmen, redshirt freshmen, transfers or returning players likely to step into bigger roles this season. OFFENSE: Donovonn Young, RB, freshman, 6-0, 215...

    Blog | August 24, 2011
  3. NFL: Jahvid Best and Mikel Leshoure illustrate the evolution of N...

    John Clayton

    Detroit drafting Mikel Leshoure as a complement to Jahvid Best illustrates how offenses have evolved in response to the increase in 3-4 defenses.

    Story | Conversation | May 13, 2011
  4. Big Ten lunch links

    Adam Rittenberg

    Did you guys get your public forum gift bag? There's an iPod Touch in here. A quick recap of spring football in the Big Ten from USA Today's Erik Smith. Big Ten post-spring power rankings from National Football Post's Dave Miller. According to ...

    Blog | May 06, 2011
  5. 2011 NFL Draft: Illinois DT Corey Liuget picked by San Diego Char...

    Scott Powers

    Former Illinois DT Corey Liuget will be coming from Champaign to San Diego.

    Story | Conversation | April 28, 2011
  6. Kiper projects strong Illini draft day

    Michael C. Wright

    ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper figures that by the end of the second round three Illinois juniors could be off the board. That's a product of former Fighting Illini defensive tackle Corey Liuget, running back Mikel LeShoure and linebacker Martez Wil...

    Blog | March 10, 2011
  7. Leshoure: I can be the first back taken

    Michael C. Wright

    INDIANAPOLIS -- We focused quite a bit Thursday on the Bears after news of coach Lovie Smith's extension broke, with general manager Jerry Angelo holding court in his hotel room just a couple of hours later. So today, let's focus a bit more on som...

    Blog | February 26, 2011
  8. Leshoure: I can be the first back taken

    Michael C. Wright

    INDIANAPOLIS -- We focused quite a bit Thursday on the Bears after news of coach Lovie Smith's extension broke, with general manager Jerry Angelo holding court in his hotel room just a couple of hours later. So today, let's focus a bit more on som...

    Blog | February 26, 2011
  9. Illini well represented in early rounds

    Jeff Dickerson

    INDIANAPOLIS -- For a program short on consistency, the University of Illinois has churned out an impressive amount of NFL talent the past couple of seasons. Three Illini products have been selected in the top two rounds in the last three years:...

    Blog | February 26, 2011
  10. How to view the 2011 running back class

    Todd McShay

    My preparations for the NFL combine included breaking down the 2011 running back class, and based on my research teams might face some difficult decisions in the upcoming draft. Alabama's Mark Ingram is the only 2011 prospect currently carryi...

    Blog | February 23, 2011
  11. 2011 NFL draft: Recent history says running backs are dicey propo...

    Todd McShay

    Todd McShay lends some perspective to the 2011 running back class which, based on recent history, might not provide an instant boost for NFL teams.

    Blog | Conversation | February 23, 2011
  12. Rapid Reaction: Illinois 38, Baylor 14

    Scott Powers

    Here's a quick look at Illinois' 38-14 Texas Bowl win over Baylor on Wednesday night. How the game was won: Illinois' defense came to play. After allowing an average of 39.3 points and 429 yards over its last four games, the Illini's defense step...

    Blog | December 29, 2010
  13. Texas Bowl: Illinois (6-6) vs. Baylor (7-5)

    Adam Rittenberg

    Illinois is back in the postseason for the first time since the 2008 Rose Bowl. Baylor? The Bears play in the first bowl game since the 1994 Alamo Bowl. Here's a quick preview of the Illini-Baylor matchup in the Texas Bowl. WHO TO WATCH: Illino...

    Blog | December 28, 2010
  14. X factor: Felix Jones, Cowboys RB

    Matt Mosley

    In the 2008 draft, the Cowboys were trying to decide between a feature running back in Illinois' Rashard Mendenhall or a complementary back in Arkansas' Felix Jones. With Marion Barber having just made his first trip to the Pro Bowl, the Cowboys went...

    Blog | January 12, 2010
  15. Pittsburgh Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall faces hometow...

    Nick Friedell

    Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall discusses his return to Chicago.

    Blog | Conversation | September 18, 2009
  16. Steelers new running back Mendenhall robbed at gunpoint

    Steelers draft pick Rashard Mendenhall was reportedly robbed at gunpoint on Monday.

    Story | Conversation | May 05, 2008