College Football News Preview 2020: Top Illinois Fighting Illini Players
Best Illinois Fighting Illini Offensive Player
WR Josh Imatorbhebhe, Sr.
The 6-2, 215-pound transfer from USC missed the end of last year hurt, and he only made 33 catches on the season, but he made major impact for an inconsistent passing game as a deep threat averaging over 19 yards per catch with nine scores.
He hit Michigan for 102 yards, came up with 178 yards in the win over Michigan State, and hauled in the key scoring grab in the shocker over Wisconsin. The size and talent are there for the next level, but he chose to come back for his final year.
2. OG Kendrick Green, Jr.
3. C Doug Kramer, Sr.
4. QB Brandon Peters, Sr.
5. OT Alex Palczewski, Sr.
Best Illinois Fighting Illini Defensive Player
LB Jake Hansen, Sr.
One of the best tacklers in the Big Ten, the 6-1, 225-pounder followed up a big 95-tackle season with a great start – coming up with 72 stops in his first nine games – but he missed the rest of the year hurt.
He can get behind the line, and he’s not bad in pass coverage, but his real worth is as a big-time hitter who blasts away with eight career forced fumbles. While he’s not particularly big or fast, he gets in on everything.
2. SS Sydney Brown, Jr.
3. CB Nate Hobbs, Sr.
4. LB Milo Eifer, Sr.
5. CB Tony Adams, Sr.