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3-9, 6th in Big Ten - West

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Dawuane Smoot: “I felt like talent-wise, I should have gone a lot higher, but I was just happy that I was able to get picked.''

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Dave Caldwell on DE Dawuane Smoot: He's a good player, played at a high level of competition. He can also play inside on pass situations.

Dawuane Smoot draft highlights (0:55)
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Illinois athletic department lost $6.2M in 2016

Illinois athletic director Josh Whitman says his department was operating at about a $6.2 million deficit in 2016, with revenue and spending figures ranking in the bottom half of the Big Ten.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

First unofficial 40 time for Illinois linebacker Hardy Nickerson, Jr., son of former Buccaneers great, Hardy Nickerson: 4.79. Spoke to him at the East-West Shrine Game and he has met with the Bucs. Told me the best piece of advice his dad gave him during this process was, "Control what you can and give it your all." Also told me that playing for his dad last year at Illinois "meant the world."

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Biggest questions for teams in Big Ten West

Nebraska, Iowa and Minnesota must pick QBs. Northwestern and Purdue need playmakers. Wisconsin and Illinois need help on the defensive front.

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68dJesse Temple

Biggest strengths of teams in Big Ten West

From Iowa's running game to Wisconsin's linebackers, we examine the biggest strengths of each team in the Big Ten West division.

Brian Bennett ESPN Staff Writer 

Friday Night Lovie: Illinois and USF have moved up their game one day to Friday, Sept. 15, on ESPN. The Illini now have two Friday night games, as they'll also host Nebraska on Sept. 29 as part of the new Big Ten Friday night package.

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Grading the 2017 Big Ten recruiting classes

Ohio State and Michigan grabbed the headlines, but don't ignore what Penn State, Maryland -- Maryland! -- and Nebraska did on national signing day as the Big Ten flexed its recruiting muscles.

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Watch: Jeff Thomas to make college decision

East St. Louis, Illinois WR Jeff Thomas, the No. 55 recruit in the ESPN 300, will choose from Illinois, Tennessee, Louisville, Miami and Oregon live at 10:45 a.m. ET. Live on ESPNU/WatchESPN

Matt Bowen ESPN Staff Writer 

Senior Bowl: Illinois LB Carroll Phillips continues to show up in team drills. Phillips displayed the ability to win on the edge as a pass rusher and play physical versus the run today. He is putting together a solid week in Mobile.

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