Illini Football: 2008 Season - Roster Information - History - Future Schedules
Illini Basketball: 2008/09 Season - Scholarship Chart - Depth Chart
NCAA Football: Preseason Rankings - Bowl Tie-Ins
Other UI Sports: Volleyball - Soccer

Friday, June 27, 2008

Depth Charts: Receivers

Preseason Rankings

So far I've found two sites with 1-120 rankings... the New York Times "The Quad" blog, and Rivals.

"The Quad" - New York Times
Rivals 120

Both of these are updated each morning, Rivals will announce #1 at the end of July, the New York Times at the end of August right before the season starts. I will try and update who they have each morning

Breakdown of conference strength by ranking:
"Projected Average" assumes that remaining unranked teams all have the same value.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Depth Charts: Runningbacks

Depth Charts: Quarterbacks

2008 Projected Starters

Listed below are the projected starters for the 2008 Football Season.

The chart below, along with all the other depth charts on this site, are linked to a single spreadsheet that is currently under construction... so keep an eye on this page.

Illini Roster Page:

Current Roster Information:
2008 Projected Starting Lineups
Scholarship Grid (all 85 scholarships laid out)
Number Chart

Depth Charts by Position:
Offense: Quarterbacks - Runningbacks - Receivers - Linemen
Defense: Linemen - Linebackers - Defensive Backs

Future Projected Lineups:
2009 Projected Starters ... coming soon
2010 Projected Starters ... coming soon
2011 Projected Starters ... coming soon

Before you get all up in my grill about various bits of information linked below... please read the following:
  1. Only recruits listed as "committed" by either Rivals or Scout will be included
  2. By and large I do not assume players will redshirt until the season has started and we have a better idea if they will. I do assume that offensive linemen and quarterbacks will normally redshirt though.
  3. As a general rule, I try not to speculate on if incoming recruits will jump established players or not. That means a hot-shot 4* recruit might be listed below an established 3* player... I won't switch them until we see it on the field.
  4. The depth charts are a work in progress... if you have input on them leave a comment in the appropriate page and I will update it if I feel you know what you are talking about.
  5. Information will be posted semi-regularly... but it might occasionally be a couple days or even a couple weeks before corrections/updates are made.
After reading that, if you want to get up in my grill over something, feel free to leave comments in the respective pages and I will make corrections as soon as I can.

Friday, June 20, 2008

Don't put this on the Internet

Yesterday the Illini summer speaking tour landed in Peoria... here's a recap from the PJStar.

Some good stuff there.

  1. Zook wants to play Notre Dame at Soldier Field (probably not gonna happen, but I love the chutzpah.)
  2. Zook on Missouri: ""A year ago, our football team didn't think we could beat them. But now, even though they'll be a top 5 team, we'll step on that field and expect to win."
  3. Evidently Weber has to keep his desk drawers locked because Jerrance "Snacks" Howard likes candy too much.
  4. and of course the quote of the evening from Bruce:
    "The league should be wide open and we can be right in the middle of it. I do know one thing, though. I think Indiana will suck. Don't put that on the Internet."
Wait, what was that last part?

Well, don't blame me, I got the quote off of the internet.

Ok, so... predictably, IU fans have their candy-striped pants all in a wad over this, which isn't necessarily a reaction unique to IU fans, but part of the greater internet trend of looking for something to be offended by and then flying off the handle over it (read any partisan political blog for 30 seconds).

Now, this whole story is awesome on a couple of levels.

  1. As a card carrying Illini fan, I find both the quote, and the downfall of IU basketball that lead to the quote, hilarious.
  2. Some IU fans, the people who embraced Bob Knight as a god, are now ranting about how "classless" Bruce and Illinois fans are... a situation I also find hilarious AND ironic.

All this for a throw-away quote that got a few chuckles from an all-Illini crowd in the heart of Illini basketball country. Was it the brightest thing for Bruce to say? Probably not, but oh well.

Gotta love the summer season, and its only June 20th. At least we aren't spending this year wondering if some snot-nosed 17 year old was going to keep his word or not.

IU fans can rant all they want, but one thing they can't accuse Weber of is not being honest. As an evidently much classier coach once said:
"If rape is inevitable, relax and enjoy it"
At least with all of their recruits on campus they can start having 4 on 4 drills during the summer. They just better hope noboby gets hurt.

Everything is fine, goodnight!

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Get your Zook Zone Towels, Brewster leaves Minnesota.

Press releases from University SID's are usually something special...

For example, here's Illinois latest marketing gimmick. At least a dollar from each is going to charity.

On another note... always entertaining are the press releases when a player decides he doesn't want to play for you anymore. The fun doubles when the kid leaving is the COACHES SON, such is the case at Minnesota where RS Freshman QB Clint Brewster (who if you recall defected from Illinois a couple days before Signing Day to play for dear-old-daddy after a full month of "I'm solid with Illinois" banter) decided it was time spread his wings. No clue where he might be headed.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

In da Hood

From, tour of the new stadium additions with Assistant AD Warren Hood.

LINK (Windows Media)