Monday, September 22, 2008

Off-Week Action

Coach Zook and the Illini football team had the weekend off, but thanks to NC State's upset of East Carolina and other upsets, the Illini remain ranked #22 in the AP, and moved up to #21 in the coaches' poll.

Penn State rolled over Temple, and head into the Big Ten opener ranked #12 in both polls. Next weekend will be a tough game, but the Illini should be the toughest competition JoePa and company have faced this season.

But even as the Illini had time off, several guys who now play on Sundays saw some action. In 2008, 17 former Illini are on active NFL rosters. Highlights include Dave Diehl of the Giants, who started his 83rd consecutive game on the O-line, Kelvin Hayden's interception for the Colts, Brandon Lloyd's TD reception for the Bears and 2 TDs by Pierre Thomas for the Saints. Sure, many of these guys were on the short end of the final score, but it's always good to see Illini contributing on Sundays.

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