Illini football holds open practice


CHAMPAIGN — The Illinois football team held their only spring practice open to the public on Saturday at Memorial Stadium. Not a huge crowd, but some Illini fans braved the elements to take in practice.

Annice McEwan reports from Memorial Stadium.

We’re still six months away from the season opener here at Memorial Stadium, but today’s practice offered a chance for the Illini to connect with their fans and, as head coach Lovie Smith put it, find out a little bit more about his team.

“I can’t wait to see the video,” Lovie Smith said afterwards. “It seemed like we have some guys doing some good things that we haven’t seen before.”

“We’ve been in the indoor for a couple days now, and just the opportunity to come out here on the field and on our home field especially, I mean, it doesn’t get any better. We were excited about today,” Kendrick Foster added. “The fans, we want to show a good time. We want to give the fans a good look for the future.”

“We’ve had a lot of support since we’ve been here,” Smith continued. “They want to see the University of Illinois’ football team back on top. We’re making progress toward that goal, but none of them have had a chance to see us, this version of what our team will look like this year. So, it’s a big day for us.”

The team has three more spring practices left before the senior Pro Day on the 16th. 

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