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Revision as of 00:02, 13 October 2019

2019 Illinois Fighting Illini football
Illinois Fighting Illini logo.svg
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
DivisionWest Division
2019 record2–4 (0–3 Big Ten)
Head coachLovie Smith (4th season)
Offensive coordinatorRod Smith (2nd season)
Defensive coordinatorLovie Smith
Home stadiumMemorial Stadium
(Capacity: 60,670)
Seasons
← 2018
2020 →
2019 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East Division
No. 4 Ohio State   3 0         6 0  
No. 7 Penn State   3 0         6 0  
No. 16 Michigan   3 1         5 1  
Michigan State   2 2         4 3  
Indiana   1 2         4 2  
Maryland   1 2         3 3  
Rutgers   0 4         1 5  
West Division
No. 20 Minnesota   3 0         6 0  
No. 6 Wisconsin   3 0         6 0  
Nebraska   2 2         4 3  
No. 23 Iowa   1 2         4 2  
Purdue   1 2         2 4  
Illinois   0 3         2 4  
Northwestern   0 3         1 4  
Championship: December 7, 2019
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
As of October 16, 2019; Rankings from AP Poll

The 2019 Illinois Fighting Illini football team represents the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign in the 2019 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Fighting Illini play their home games at Memorial Stadium in Champaign, Illinois, and compete in the West Division of the Big Ten Conference. They are led by fourth-year head coach Lovie Smith.

Previous season

The 2018 team finished the season 4–8, 2–7 in Big Ten play to finish in last place in the West Division.

Preseason

Preseason Big Ten poll

Although the Big Ten Conference has not held an official preseason poll since 2010, Cleveland.com has polled sports journalists representing all member schools as a de facto preseason media poll since 2011. For the 2019 poll, Illinois was projected to finish in last in the West Division.[1]

Media poll (West Division)
Predicted finish Team Votes (1st place)
1 Nebraska 198 (14)
2 Iowa 194.5 (14)
3 Wisconsin 172.5 (4)
4 Northwestern 142.5 (1)
5 Purdue 110.5
6 Minnesota 100 (1)
7 Illinois 34

Schedule

Illinois' 2019 schedule will begin with three non-conference games, starting with Akron of the Mid-American Conference at home, a road game to UConn of the American Athletic Conference, and then at home again for Eastern Michigan of the Mid-American Conference. In Big Ten Conference play, Illinois will play all members of the West Division and draws Michigan, Rutgers, and Michigan State from the East Division.

DateTimeOpponentSiteTVResultAttendance
August 3111:00 a.m.Akron*BTNW 42–330,654
September 72:30 p.m.at UConn*CBSSNW 31–2323,108
September 1411:00 a.m.Eastern Michigan*
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Champaign, IL
BTNL 31–3434,759
September 217:00 p.m.Nebraska
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Champaign, IL
BTNL 38–4244,512
October 52:30 p.m.at MinnesotaBTNL 17–40
October 1212:00 p.m.No. 16 Michigan
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Champaign, IL (series)
ABCL 25–42
October 1911:00 a.m.Wisconsindagger
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Champaign, IL
BTN
October 26at Purdue
November 2Rutgers
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Champaign, IL
November 9at Michigan State
November 23at Iowa
November 30Northwestern
  • *Non-conference game
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Central time

Source:[2]

Game summaries

Akron

1 2 3 4 Total
Zips 3 0 0 0 3
Fighting Illini 14 14 14 0 42
Overall record Last meeting Result
1–0 Sep. 21, 1996 W, 38–7

at UConn

1 2 3 4 Total
Fighting Illini 0 24 7 0 31
Huskies 10 3 7 3 23
Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting

Eastern Michigan

1 2 3 4 Total
Eagles 14 9 0 11 34
Fighting Illini 17 0 0 14 31
Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting

Nebraska

1 2 3 4 Total
Cornhuskers 7 7 13 15 42
Fighting Illini 14 7 14 3 38
Overall record Last meeting Result
3–12–1 Nov. 10, 2018 L, 35–54

at Minnesota

1 2 3 4 Total
Fighting Illini 7 3 7 0 17
Golden Gophers 3 13 14 10 40
Overall record Last meeting Result
30–38–3 Nov. 3, 2018 W, 55–31

Michigan

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 16 Wolverines 14 14 0 14 42
Fighting Illini 0 7 10 8 25
Overall record Last meeting Result
23–70–2 Oct. 22, 2016 L, 8–41

Wisconsin

1 2 3 4 Total
Badgers 0
Fighting Illini 0
Overall record Last meeting Result
35–42–8 Oct. 20, 2018 L, 20–49

at Purdue

1 2 3 4 Total
Fighting Illini 0
Boilermakers 0
Overall record Last meeting Result
44–44–6 Oct. 13, 2018 L, 7–46

Rutgers

1 2 3 4 Total
Scarlet Knights 0
Fighting Illini 0
Overall record Last meeting Result
3–2 Oct. 6, 2018 W, 38–17

at Michigan State

1 2 3 4 Total
Fighting Illini 0
Spartans 0
Overall record Last meeting Result
18–26–2 Nov. 5, 2016 W, 31–27

at Iowa

1 2 3 4 Total
Fighting Illini 0
Hawkeyes 0
Overall record Last meeting Result
38–34–2 Nov. 17, 2018 L, 0–63

Northwestern

1 2 3 4 Total
Wildcats 0
Fighting Illini 0
Overall record Last meeting Result
55–52–5 Nov. 24, 2018 L, 16–24

Roster

2019 Illinois Fighting Illini football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
QB 1 Isaiah Williams Fr
RB 2 Reggie Corbin Redshirt.svg Sr
RB 3 Jakari Norwood Redshirt.svg Fr
WR 4 Ricky Smalling Jr
WR 5 Trevon Sidney Redshirt.svg Jr
WR 6 Dominic Stampley Redshirt.svg Jr
QB 7 Coran Taylor Redshirt.svg Fr
WR 8 Casey Washington Fr
WR 9 Josh Imatorbhebhe Redshirt.svg Jr
TE 10 Justice Williams Redshirt.svg Sr
WR 11 Carlos Sandy So
QB 12 Matt Robinson Redshirt.svg Fr
WR 13 Caleb Reams Redshirt.svg Sr
WR 15 Trenard Davis Redshirt.svg Sr
QB 16 Cam Miller Redshirt.svg Jr
QB 18 Brandon Peters Redshirt.svg Jr
WR 19 Dalevon Campbell Fr
WR 20 Kyron Cumby Fr
RB 21 Ra'Von Bonner Jr
RB 22 Kenyon Sims Redshirt.svg Fr
RB 23 Conner Lillig So
RB 24 Nick Fedanzo Fr
RB 25 Dre Brown Redshirt.svg Sr
RB 26 Mike Epstein Jr
RB 28 Chase Brown Redshirt.svg So
TE 43 Griffin Moore Fr
TE 48 Bryce Barnes Fr
OL 52 Verdis Brown Redshirt.svg Fr
OL 53 Kendrick Green Redshirt.svg So
OL 54 Julian Pearl Redshirt.svg Fr
OL 57 Evan Kirts Fr
OL 58 Preston Engel Redshirt.svg Fr
OL 59 Josh Plohr Fr
OL 63 Alex Palczewski Jr
OL 65 Doug Kramer Redshirt.svg Jr
OL 66 Jordyn Slaughter Redshirt.svg Fr
OL 68 Jake Stover Redshirt.svg So
OL 70 Thomas Cronin Fr
OL 72 Kievan Myers Redshirt.svg Fr
OL 73 Jake Cerny Redshirt.svg Jr
OL 74 Richie Petitbon Redshirt.svg Sr
OL 75 Kurt Gavin Redshirt.svg Jr
OL 79 Vederian Lowe Jr
WR 80 Edwin Carter Redshirt.svg Fr
TE 81 Griffin Palmer Redshirt.svg Jr
TE 82 Luke Ford Redshirt.svg So
TE 83 Bobby Walker Redshirt.svg Sr
WR 84 Jordan Holmes So
WR 85 Dylan Thomas Redshirt.svg Fr
WR 86 Donny Navarro Jr
TE 87 Daniel Barker So
TE 89 Alex Pihlstrom Redshirt.svg So
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
LB 2 Derrick Smith (I) Jr
DB 3 Marquez Beason Fr
LB 5 Milo Eifler Redshirt.svg Jr
DB 6 Tony Adams Jr
DB 7 Stanley Green Sr
DB 8 Nate Hobbs Jr
LB 9 Dele Harding Sr
LB 10 James Knight Jr
DB 15 Delano Ware So
DB 17 Kendall Smith Jr
DB 20 Nick Walker Jr
DB 21 Jartavius Martin So
DB 22 Dylan Wyatt So
DB 23 Joseph Thompson Fr
LB 24 Dawson DeGroot Jr
DB 25 Kerby Joseph So
DB 27 Matthew Judd Fr
DB 28 Nolan Bernat Sr
DB 29 Christian Bobak Redshirt.svg Jr
DB 30 Sydney Brown So
DB 31 Devon Witherspoon Fr
DB 32 Tailon Leitzsey Jr
DL 33 Ezekiel Holmes Redshirt.svg Fr
DB 34 Ryan Meed Fr
LB 35 Jake Hansen Redshirt.svg Jr
DB 36 Ben Schultz Fr
LB 37 Mark Di Iorio Fr
LB 40 Shammond Cooper Fr
DB 42 Michael Marchese Jr
LB 44 Tarique Barnes Fr
LB 45 Khalan Tolson So
LB 46 Alex McEachern Redshirt.svg So
DL 47 Oluwole Betiku Jr. Jr
DL 49 Seth Coleman Fr
LB 51 Sean Coghlan Redshirt.svg So
LB 52 Ayo Shogbonyo Redshirt.svg Jr
DL 54 Marc Mondesir Jr
DL 55 Jamal Milan Redshirt.svg Sr
DL 69 Moses Okpala Fr
DL 88 Keith Randolph Jr. Fr
DL 90 Lere Oladipo Redshirt.svg So
DL 91 Jamal Woods Redshirt.svg So
DL 92 Isaiah Gay Jr
DL 93 Calvin Avery So
DL 95 Kenyon Jackson Sr
DL 96 Tymir Oliver Sr
DL 97 Bobby Roundtree Jr
DL 98 Deon Pate Redshirt.svg So
DL 99 Owen Carney Jr. Jr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
K 11 Caleb Griffin Redshirt.svg Fr
P 14 Blake Hayes Jr
K, P 17 James McCourt Redshirt.svg Jr
LS 39 Aidan Hall Fr
LS 41 Nolan Rossback Fr
LS 56 Ethan Tabel Redshirt.svg Jr
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches
  • Rod Smith – Offensive Coordinator / Quarterbacks
  • Gill ByrdPassing Game Coordinator / Safeties
  • Bob LigasheskySpecial Teams Coordinator
  • Mike BellamyRunning Backs
  • Austin Clark – Defensive Line
  • Andrew Hayes-Stoker – Wide Receivers
  • Keynodo Hudson – Cornerbacks
  • Bob McClain – Offensive Line
  • Cory Patterson – Tight Ends
  • Miles Smith – Linebackers
  • Rob Delaney - Graduate Assistant - Offense
  • Zach Grant - Graduate Assistant - Offense
  • Carson Hall - Graduate Assistant - Defense
  • Brent Jackson - Graduate Assistant - Defense
  • Peter Collins - Defensive Analyst
  • Ilir Emini - Defensive Analyst
  • Cody Gibson - Offensive Analyst
  • Devin Holiday - Defensive Analyst
  • Garrett Schwettman - Special Team Analyst
  • Jake Ellsworth - Defensive Analyst
  • Lou Hernandez - Head Strength & Conditioning Coach
  • Tim Knox - Director of Football Operations
  • Jake Zweig - Director of Man Development

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • Injured Injured
  • Redshirt Redshirt

Roster
Last update: September 20, 2019

References

  1. ^ Lesmerises, Doug (July 18, 2019). "Michigan named Big Ten football favorite in cleveland.com 2019 preseason poll". Cleveland.com.
  2. ^ "2019 Illinois Football Schedule". FBSchedules.com. Retrieved February 14, 2019.