Fall Camp Breakdown

Illini

URBANA (WCIA) — IlliniBoard.com’s Robert Rosenthal joins WCIA3’s Craig Choate to talk early football fall camp takes. 

Craig:

“We’re going to go to the bullpen for a little analysis of the first few days of training camp. Robert  Rosenthall of IlliniBoard.com, easy first question, what’s your initial impression?”

Robert:

“I keep answering the same question, but it’s youth. So many numbers out here, I usually have the numbers down by the time I get to camp, I’m going to the sheet all the time. It’s walk-ons, they have like 52 freshman out there between the redshirts the walk-ons and the incomings. It’s just such a turnover, such a new team, a new roster, new players at every position, it’s completely different.”

Craig:

“Any particular position young guys impress you more?”

Robert:

“Some on the younger receivers, maybe even not the freshman. Carmoni Green looks really good but even some of the sophomores like Dom Thieman, they have some talent at receiver. Tailback too, the two freshman running backs, Bonner and Epstein look really good. So they’ve got some offensive talent that they’re going to get on the field quickly.”

Craig:

“The thing we’ve been harping on in our department is the defensive line. A lot of holes to fill there, a lot of young guys there as well. What have you seen from them?”

Robert:

“It was fun watching the one-on-one drills with the offensive line because it’s just freshman after freshman after freshman, they’re just getting them in there and saying ‘Okay kid, you’ve got a chance to play in three weeks here, or four week, let’s see what you got’. It’s interesting, these guys look really good physically, a guy like Bobby Roundtree looks like a Big Ten defensive end, now it’s going to take some time to get him there but they’re bringing in some athletes.”

Craig:

“Alright Robert, thank you. Looking forward to talking to you the rest of the year.”

Robert:

“I appreciate it.”

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