Illinois has reportedly found a new assistant coach.
Scout.com’s Jeremy Werner reports that the Illini have added former NFL player Donnie Abraham to their coaching staff. Abraham made 442 career tackles in the NFL and earned Pro Bowl honors in 2000.
Illinois adding former NFL player Donnie Abraham to staff
— Jeremy Werner (@JWernerScout) February 13, 2017
Abraham, who was most recently the defensive coordinator at IMG Academy, played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1996-2001) and New York Jets (2002-04). He was also previously the head coach at Clearwater High School in Florida.
Abraham knows Illinois head coach Lovie Smith from his playing days. While Abraham played for the Buccaneers, Smith was on staff as linebackers coach.
Werner reports Abraham is expected to coach in the secondary.
In Smith’s first season as the Illini head coach, the program finished 3-9 (2-7 in the Big Ten).