Illinois’ 2018 spring practice will come to a close soon with the spring game on April 7. Find the time, TV channel, online streaming information and spring roster below.
Illinois is heading into its third season with Lovie Smith running the show as head coach, and the team is in need of a turnaround. The Illini are 5-19 in Smith’s first two seasons.
Illinois spring game 2018: Time
Illinois’ 2018 spring game will begin at 1 p.m. ET.
Illinois spring game 2018: TV channel
Illinois’ 2018 spring game will be televised on Big Ten Network.
How to watch Illinois’ 2018 spring game online
Illinois’ 2018 spring game will stream online at BTN2Go.
Illinois’ 2018 spring game roster
|12||Charlie Reinkemeyer||QB||RS FR|
|34||PC Daniel II||DB||FR|
|46||Alec McEachern||LB||RS FR|
|48||Kevin Hinders||DL||RS FR|
|51||Sean Coghlan||LB||RS FR|
|53||Kendrick Green||DL||RS FR|
|68||Jake Stover||OL||RS FR|
|89||Alex Pihlstrom||TE||RS FR|
|90||Lere Oladipo||DL||RS FR|
|98||Deon Pate||DL||RS FR|
|99||Owen Carney Jr.||DL||SO|
Illinois spring game 2018 preview
April 7 marks the first day that all eyes will be able to evaluate what Illinois’ football team looks like heading into the 2018 season. The spring game helps coaches and players get some time out on the field in a live game situation to prepare for the season ahead.
Lovie Smith is entering his third season as coach of the Fighting Illini and has gone 5-19 overall in his first two seasons. One of the questions for every team in college football going into their respective spring games is what the QB situation looks like.
For some programs, an established starter is assumed to lead the way in 2018. For Illinois, the Fighting Illini have a few questions to answer regarding that position.
Cameron Thomas is a returning sophomore who played in three games as a freshman. Thomas was labeled as a dual-threat QB coming out of high school and he proved as much by averaging 62 yards on the ground in those three games.
Mike Epstein returns as the Fighting Illini’s leading rusher from last season. He was a true freshman a year ago whose season ended early due to injury.
At wide receiver, Ricky Smalling — also a sophomore — returns as the team’s leading receiver. Smalling is a 6-foot-1 pass-catcher who recorded 510 yards and 2 TD on 31 receptions.
The team’s leading tackler from last season, LB Del’Shawn Phillips, is a returning senior. Phillips recorded 85 tackles in 2017.
Illinois’ 2018 schedule begins with a home game against Kent State on Sept. 1. Western Illinois and USF are the other non-conference foes for the Fighting Illini this season.
Big Ten play starts on Sept. 21 when Illinois hosts Penn State.