Illinois' veteran players and coach are beginning the season outlining hopes for reaching a bowl game this season.
Michael Heitz is a senior offensive lineman. He reminisced during Illinois' media day Sunday about the team's 20-14 win against UCLA in the 2011 Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl.
But Heitz is one on the few left on the roster to have such a memory.
Of 13 Big Ten schools eligible for bowl games in 2012 and 2013, Illinois is one of two teams that haven't played in postseason games.
Coach Tim Beckman says the experience will "reward the players for the heart they've given us."