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Illini spring football practice #6 notes: Ford sidelined; Days at RB

Spring practice #6 notes

–         Friday’s practice was scheduled to be held on the east practice fields but overnight showers forced the coaches to move practice onto the dry FieldTurf of Memorial Stadium.

–         Starting running back Jason Ford missed practice with soreness in his knee. Illini coach Ron Zook said the injury was “not an ACL, and MCL or anything like that.” Ford could practice on Saturday, but Zook likely will avoid aggravating the injury and hold Ford out until Tuesday.

–         Sophomore fullback Jay Prosch missed Friday’s practice due to an illness in the family. Zook said Prosch

–         With Ford out, the Illini put an extra body in the backfield, switching redshirt freshman Ean Days from the secondary to running back. Days rushed for 1,350 yards as a senior at Kingsland (Ga.) Camden County High School. “We talked about it before spring started anyway so we’re giving him a little look to see if he can help us there,” Zook said. “I think he probably made the same move in high school. That’s when he really took off.”

–         Lombard Montini wide receiver Jordan Westerkamp, a 2012 recruit with 16 scholarship offers, watched the Illini practice. Read about it here. Also in attendance were Joey Warburg, a 6-foot-3 offensive lineman from Louisville Trinity, and Saline (Mich.) long snapper Taybor Pepper, son of former Illini Cam Pepper.

–         Expect tomorrow’s scrimmage – the Illini practice from 10 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. – to have a little more contact than Wednesday’s half-hour scrimmage. “We’re going to get after it. I told them I want the same intensity we had out here this morning. We’ll go for a while and see where we are.” Like all spring practices, tomorrow’s scrimmage will be open to the public.

–         But don’t expect Nathan Scheelhaase to take a hit until Sept. 3, the day the Illini kick off the season against Arkansas State. The defense is under strict instruction not to hit the No. 2 red jersey worn by the sophomore starting quarterback. “Nathan’s taken enough shots,” Zook said. “He doesn’t have to prove to us whether he can take a shot or not.” Zook added the backup Miles Osei could take a few hits in the near future but that the team will be cautious with only two scholarship quarterbacks on the roster.


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